Entertainment & Media Transactions

Funderburg Law is an Atlanta based boutique transactional law firm that focuses on entertainment law, business law and estate planning law. We bring excellence, professionalism, integrity, and humility to every issue presented. Our philosophy for success is providing individualized service, coupled with high quality work product, completed on time, and always with the client’s overall vision in mind. We are very passionate about everything we do, and we utilize that same passion to help our clients achieve their goals. At Funderburg Law, we root for the underdogs. Because of our love for the creatives and the indie scene, we work tirelessly to ensure our “indie” clients receive “major” quality services. Our firm has served as the legal production attorney for various independent films starring actors: Kevin Hart, Big Boy, Jameel Saleem, Deitrick Haddon, Robert Ri’chard, Barry Floyd, Golden Brooks, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Vanessa Bell Calloway, to name a few. We’ve negotiated deals with all of major record labels and many of their subsidiaries as well as small, mid-sized and large independent record labels and publishing companies. Our current client roster includes the “Savior of R&B” recording artist “Sammie”, Billboard ranked producers, as well as other artists, songwriters and talent. We also represent various types of small businesses, independent production companies, record labels and publishing companies. Because the entertainment industry and managing our client’s entertainment careers is a business in and of itself, it was only a matter of time before our practice expanded into the realm of business law. We assist various types of small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, applying some of the same principles we employ with our entertainment law clients. Our estate planning practice grew out of our founder’s love and care for her immediate family and the black community as a whole. We strive to dispel the myths associated with estate planning – the most common being that estate planning is reserved for the wealthy or the elderly. Our goal is to educate the community on the importance of estate planning, by making the necessary counsel and documentation available, regardless of income, education, age or familial status.

Bar Admissions

  • 2015 State Bar of Georgia
  • 2010 State Bar of California

Education

Clark Atlanta University, 223 James P. Brawley Dr, SW Atlanta, GA 30314
Bachelor of Arts - 2004
Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St NW, Washington, DC 20008
JD - Juris Doctor - 2009
Chapman University School of Law, 1 University Dr, Orange, CA 92866
LL.M in Entertainment and Media Law - 2011

Career Highlights

  • Corporations - Cali for Excellence for the Future Award - 2009
  • Copyrights - Cali for Excellence for the Future Award - 2008
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates - Cali for Excellence for the Future Award - 2008
  • Music Business Empowerment Conference Panelist, 2016
  • Ask Music Lawyer Business of Music Summit, 2018
  • A3C Festival and Conference Panelist, 2018
Legal Resources
Probate Avoidance Techniques: Cause No One Wants to Be Sued When They’re Dead
August 14, 2018 - Lerae Funderburg

Probate is the legal process in which the assets, debts and other liabilities of the deceased are determined and the remaining assets are distributed to decedent's heirs at law, or to decedent's beneficiaries. Having a will alone, will still subject you to probate court, but it's better than not having one at all, because the will at least provides the court with some guidance as to what you would

The MMA Marches On
August 14, 2018 - Lerae Funderburg

Just to sum it up briefly, the Music Modernization Act is an attempt at reconciling former copyright laws as they relate to music licensing and technology. I’m excited to be in the thick of substantive changes in the copyright law and even more excited and anxious to see if and how these changes will benefit my clients.

Everything is Negotiable
August 08, 2018 - Lerae Funderburg

One of my law school professors told me that in life, everything is negotiable. I brushed it off as lawyer banter, thinking of course lawyers would say that, but it wasn’t until I started testing the theory that I saw just how true this very statement is.

Estate Planning Goals
August 08, 2018 - Lerae Funderburg

I know you probably don’t like to spend too much time thinking about your untimely death, but it’s certain to happen at some point, unfortunately, so you may as well be ready for it. Live your best life while amongst the living and beyond!

What are Some of the Estate Planning Tools Available to Me?
July 24, 2018 - Lerae Funderburg

There are a variety of different estate planning tools available to fit any individual or family situation. These tools consider a number of factors, such as finances, medical history, disability, marriage, and personal preferences. Here is a breakdown of the most commonly used estate planning tools.

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