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Of Counsel, Eveline Davis & Phillips, 2002 to 2014
Managing Partner, Eveline Davis & Phillips, 1993 to 2002
ED&P is New Orleans’ premier music and entertainment law firm. Fully 80% of its practice is focused on copyright and contract issues as they apply to musical artists, songwriters, record labels and publishers. The firm also works with advertising agencies, film and video producers and licensors of musical works. In addition to music publishing administration, catalogue licensing and sales and other transactional matters; I represented songwriters, labels, and artists in copyright infringement suits in Federal court in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.

Arbitrator, U.S. Copyright Office Arbitration Royalty Panel 2000-2001
Specially appointed by the Librarian of Congress to conduct hearings & question witnesses under the Administrative Procedures Act. I personally constructed a database containing over 7,000,000 entries for a Copyright Office report allocating over $89,000,000 in television royalties among 3,500 claimants.
On October 6, 2006, the President signed into law the Copyright Royalty Judges Program Technical Corrections Act (P. L. 109-303) mandating that these determinations must be considered as precedents for all future cable TV royalty distributions.
In the Matter of Distribution of 1993, 94, 95, 96, 97 Cable Television Royalty Funds Docket No. 200-2 CARP CD 93-97 Phase II (PS)


Adjunct Professor, Loyola University College of Music, Music Industry Studies Program 2001-2015

Copyrights and Music Publishing
Legal Issues in the Music Industry
IP & Legal Issues in the Music Industry II

Adjunct Professor, Bossier Parish Community College 2008-2012

Legal Issues in Music TLCM 234

Instructor, Northeastern University, Boston 2010-2013

2010 College of Professional Studies Graduate Education
Legal & Intellectual Property Issues for Distance Learning EDU 3409

Adjunct Professor, Tulane University School of Music 2000-2001

Contemporary Music Industry


  • Works in Progress-Louisiana: 2016 Copyright for Creatives lecture series, Shreveport, Monroe and Natchitoches.
  • Hybrid Learning Consortium 2015 - The Barstow School, Kansas City - Fair Use and Copyright for Educators
  • Northwestern University of Louisiana 2011 - Copyright for Educators – Faculty Development lecture
  • New Media Consortium 2008 Conference, Princeton University - Fair Use Ain’t What You Think It Is: Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Classroom
  • MERLOT International Conference 2008 Minneapolis - Copyright for Teachers and Librarians in the Digital Age
  • Louisiana Music Educators Seminar - 2008
  • Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching MERLOT International Conference 2007 New Orleans - No - It's Not Fair Use: Teaching Respect for Copyrights & Creativity in the Digital Age
  • Loyola Law School - Annual skills seminar in Entertainment Law 1996 – 2007
  • American Arbitration Association Continuing Legal Education Panel 2004
  • Tulane University School of Music
  • Tulane University School of Law - Entertainment Law
  • Xavier University New Orleans
  • South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin Texas 1987
  • International Television and Video Association (ITVA) 1997
  • American Association of Law Librarians 1996
  • Mayor's Conference on Music 1987-1990
  • LMNOP 1998 - 1999 Publishing, Royalty Audits & CLE panels


Juris Doctor Tulane University School of Law
New Orleans, Louisiana 1978
Bachelor of Arts Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana 1976


Louisiana State Bar 1978 (retired 2014)
Federal Bar, Eastern District of Louisiana 1979
Federal Bar, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 1994
American Arbitration Association certified neutral 1983
New Orleans Bar Association - Section on Intellectual property
Martindale Hubbell AV rating (highest ranking) 1997


Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, Eleventh Edition
by David Baskerville & Tim Baskerville (SAGE 2016)
Updated and extended the online ancillary material for the latest edition of the standard text in the music industry. Baskerville is the most widely used core textbook in courses such as Introduction to the Music Business, Music and Media, Music Business Foundations and survey courses.

The Teacher’s Guide to Copyright, 3rd Edition
Published 2014, exclusively on Apple's iBooks Store
ISBN 978-0-692-29977-7
The new 3rd edition of The Teacher’s Guide to Copyright uses interactive graphics, video, audio, sample contracts and checklists as a roadmap through the intellectual property minefield for faculty, online course designers, librarians and administrators.

Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Editorial advisory Board (2013 to date)

Music Business Handbook and Career Guide, Tenth Edition
by David Baskerville & Tim Baskerville (SAGE 2012)
Updated and extended the online ancillary material for the 10th edition of the best-selling and most comprehensive, up-to-date text in the music industry.

Legal Issues in the Music Industry
Published 2010 ISBN 978-0-615-33686-2
Electronic edition ISBN 978-0-557-85913-9

New Media Consortium 2008 Conference Proceedings
Fair Use Ain’t What You Think It Is:
Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Classroom

The Teacher’s Guide to Copyright, 1st Edition
Published 2008 ISBN 9780615251561

The Complete Copyright Kit for Composers and Musicians
Tutorial with copyright registration forms published 2007

Practice Before The Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel in 17 U.S.C. §111 Distribution Proceedings
Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law & Practice; Vol. 5 No. 2, Spring 2003

Co-Author: CARP Report to the Register of Copyrights
Federal Register 66 Fed. Reg. 247, December 26, 2001

Accounting Issues In Recording & Music Publishing Contracts
LMNOP Music Conference Continuing Legal Education Panel 1998

Chief Editor: Louisiana Entertainment Code
Draft legislation authorized by the Louisiana Music Commission.

Editor: The Bluebook
Directory of music industry resources in the Greater New Orleans area, made possible by a Municipal Endowment Grant for the Arts & Cox Cable.


  • Works in Progress - Louisiana lecture series speaker
  • Louisiana Music Prize, Advisor 2015 to date
  • Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Editorial Advisory Board 2013 to date
  • MEIEA Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association 2011 to date
  • MERLOT Multimedia Educational Resource for Leaning and Online Teaching
  • 2007 to date
  • NMC New Media Consortium 2007 to date
  • KSCL 91.3 FM Centenary College Shreveport, Advisory Board 2007 to date
  • New Orleans Music & Entertainment Association (NOME)
  • President 1988-89, Treasurer 1986-88, Board of Directors 1986-1990
  • Louisiana Music Commission Advisory Board 2001 to 2003 and 2008 to date
  • Who's Who in the South and Southwest 1988 to date
  • Who's Who in Entertainment 1990 to date
  • WWNO Public Radio 89.9 FM
  • Board of Directors 2001 to 2006
Chairman of Technology Committee 2002 to 2006