Shawna R. Hilleary is a transactional attorney licensed in California and Tennessee. Her practice encompasses all aspects of the entertainment, arts and media industries, including record companies, publishing companies, artists, songwriters, authors, producers, managers, production companies, start-up companies, and other media entities.
Ms. Hilleary started her career at Restless Records where within two years she was promoted to head the Business and Legal Affairs department. During her tenure at Restless Records, Ms. Hilleary was responsible for handling all legal and business matters and took an active role in the strategic decision making process involved in running a record label. After leaving Restless Records, Ms. Hilleary co-founded Artist Law Group, an entertainment law boutique with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville, where she built a diverse entertainment practice. Her clients include Tesla, Park The Van Records, Drive-Thru Records, West Aspen Merchandising, Secret & Whisper and Davie-Brown Entertainment, and she has worked on award winning motion pictures such as “Rize,” “Riding Giants” and “Coraline.”
Shawna is also a published author and frequent speaker at industry events and educational seminars including South By Southwest, Mob Fest, California Lawyers for the Arts; Ruach Music Ministry, Lipscomb, MTSU, the Handy Music Festival, and the South Carolina Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium. Additionally, she served as legal consultant for “The Musician’s Handbook, A Practical Guide to Understanding the Music Business,” a Billboard Publication. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Hilleary serves as Legal Director for The A21 Campaign (East Coast). She also served as Director for the 2007 and 2008 Nashville Screenwriters Conference.