Ramona P. DeSalvo


Title: Member
Phone: (615) 600-4741
Fax: (615) 600-4761
Email: rdesalvo@desalvonashville.com
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Ms. DeSalvo is a frequent guest speaker on copyright and entertainment law issues, and is available to present to your group. For further information, please email your request or call (615) 600-4741. Several of Ms. DeSalvo’s public presentations are listed below her bio.

BIO

Ramona P. DeSalvo’s practice focuses exclusively in the entertainment industry. Ms. DeSalvo attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her B.A. degree in Political Science in 1976. She attended the University of San Francisco law school for two years, transferring to the University of Cincinnati, College of Law upon her appointment as a Fellow at the Morgan Institute for Human Rights. Since graduation from law school in 1980, Ms. DeSalvo was admitted to practice in Tennessee, Ohio and California, practicing as a trial attorney for the past 36 years.

Pursuing her interest in music, Ms. DeSalvo owned a licensed California talent agency and was a concert promoter and personal manager. Ms. DeSalvo maintained offices in Carmel, California and Nashville, Tennessee, making the move to Nashville complete in 1997. She maintained a Music Row law practice for several years before joining the entertainment and litigation sections of a Nashville law firm. She performed transactional entertainment work largely on behalf of songwriters, music publishers, and artists, but primarily was responsible for complex copyright litigation matters including In Re Napster litigation, the Bridgeport Music litigation that addressed cutting edge issues in music sampling (the “George Clinton case”), and the F.B.T. Productions/Eight Mile Style litigation in Michigan and California, addressing, among other things, unauthorized DPD licensing of musical compositions to digital music providers (the “Eminem case”). Ms. DeSalvo represents clients in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including songwriters, producers, independent record labels, recording artists, music educators, music publishers, videographers, photographers, visual artists, among others.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION – PRESENTER/PRODUCER

  • •  National Association of Legal Professionals - How Blurred was the Blurred Lines Decision, April 2017
  • •  National Association of Legal Professionals - Copyright Litigation for Paralegals, 2016
  • •  Tennessee Bar Association - Tennessee Fashion Law: Protecting Brands, March 2016
  • •  Belmont Law Review Symposium: Bringing Blurred Lines into Focus, October 2015
  • •  National Business Institute – Resolving Business Disputes, April 2015
  • •  Nashville Bar Association – Advanced Federal Court Practice, November 2014
  • •  Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women – Women’s Guide to Negotiation, October 2014
  • •  Nashville Bar Association – Co-Producer, Federal Court Practice, 2014
  • •  Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Practical Copyright for Songwriters, May 2014
  • •  American Bar Association – Annual Nashville Entertainment Law Symposium, September 2013
  • •  myLawCLE – Copyright Termination: Entertainment and IP Law, September 2013
  • •  Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – A Songwriters’ College Education in Two Hours, June 2013
  • •  National Business Institute – Busy Attorney’s Toolkit to Mobile Success, April 2013
  • •  American Bar Association – Copyright Terminations, March 2013
  • •  National Business Institute – Music Law 101, December 2012
  • •  Nashville Bar Association – Ethics for Entertainment Attorneys, December 2012
  • •  University of Cincinnati College of Law – Entertainment Law, October 2012
  • •  National Business Institute – Entertainment Law 101, August 2012
  • •  Nashville Bar Association – Entertainment Law, Rules for the Road, August 2012
  • •  National Business Institute – Music Law 101, June 2012
  • •  Tennessee Bar Association –Copyright Terminations: Rights & Notice, January 2012
  • •  LawReview CLE – Intellectual Property Law:  Copyrights, January 2012

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • •  American Bar Association
    •    °  Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law
    •    °  Litigation Section
      •          •  Intellectual Property Litigation
      •          •  Pre-Trial Practice and Discovery
      •          •  Motion Practice and Discovery
      •          •  Trial Practice
  • • Tennessee Bar Association
    •    °  Board of Governors 2017-18, Middle Tennessee Governor
    •    °  Board of Governors 2016-17, Invited Guest
    •    °  CLE Committee
    •    °  Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • •  California State Bar Association

    • •  Nashville Bar Association
      •    °  Entertainment Law Committee
      •    °  Diversity Committee
    • •  Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women
      •    °  Immediate Past President, 2017-2018
      •    °  Chair, Membership Committee, 2017-2018
      •    °  President, 2016-2017
      •    °  Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2015-2016
    • •  Copyright Society of the South (since 1998)
  • •  National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – The Grammys®
    •    °  Grammy winning publisher (Songs for Christiane) - Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album, 2009
    •    °  Grammys on the Hill Advocacy Group
  • •  Music Row Administrators Group (since 1998)
  • •  MIDEM Global Music Conference, Cannes, France 2010, 2013
  • •  Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Vice-Justice
  • •  Omega Delta Psi Recording Industry Fraternity, Honorary Member since 2009
  • •  BMI Music Publisher
  • •  ASCAP Music Publisher
  • •  National Music Publishers Association
  • •  The Harry Fox Agency Publisher Affiliate

   ACADEMIA

Nashville School of Law
Nashville, TN, November 2011 – present.
Instructor in Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property.
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN, August 1, 2007 – 2011.
Assistant Professor, Department of Recording Industry – Taught courses in Copyright Law, Contracts & Legal Issues of the Recording Industry, and Special Topics:  How to Get a Job in the Recording Industry.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Tennessee, 1997
California, 1989
Ohio, 1981
U.S. Southern District of Ohio, 1981
U.S. Middle District of Tennessee, 2003
U.S. Eastern District of Tennessee, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2015

HONORS

American Bar Foundation Fellow, 2017
Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow, 2017
BV Distinguished Martindale-Hubbell, 2006-present

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1980
Honors:
Dean’s List
Fellow, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights

University of San Francisco Law School
San Francisco, California 1977-79

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Political Science, 1976
Honors:
UC Berkeley Honor Society
UC Berkeley Wheeler Scholar
UC Berkeley Alumni Scholar
California State Scholar