Music attorney and activist Dina LaPolt is the founder of LaPolt Law, P.C., the only music law firm of its stature founded by a sole female attorney. Along with newly-named Managing Partner Sarah Scott, LaPolt oversees the firm’s ten full-time music attorneys, who represent one of the industry’s most diverse client rosters of superstar entertainers and top influencers in the area of music, fashion, and beauty. In addition to the many A-list artists and creatives she represents, including Steven Tyler, Cardi B, and Offset, LaPolt also represents top industry executives like Beata Murphy, who was recently named program director of KIIS FM (the most prominent iHeart station in the U.S.; Murphy is one of only three female program directors in iHeart’s history), and Dave Rocco, who was recently named Republic Records’ chief creative officer.
Inducted into the acclaimed Billboard Women in Music Hall of Fame for her role in helping to orchestrate the Music Modernization Act, LaPolt is an executive with deep roots and passion in both the music industry and society as a whole. An industry legend, LaPolt was honored by the Recording Academy in 2019 with the prestigious Service Award at the Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon; she was the youngest attorney and only the second woman to ever receive the award in the history of the organization.
In January 2020, LaPolt was asked by Aerosmith to introduce them at MusiCares for their honor, the 2020 Person of the Year. During the 2020 Covid pandemic, LaPolt and the songwriter advocacy group she co-founded, Songwriters of North America (SONA) help shepherd the inclusion of songwriters and other creatives into federal COVID relief legislation, working closely with members of Congress.
As she speaks about in her 2016 TED Talk, LaPolt is also a well-known advocate of antiracist initiatives. In June 2020, LaPolt helped gather creators to sign a public letter to NY’s Governor Cuomo and the New York State Assembly, to repeal section 50-A of New York’s Civil Rights Law, which shields a police officer’s disciplinary records from being made public. The law has since been repealed. In January 2021, LaPolt authored an opinion piece published in Variety which calls out the State of Maryland’s highest court on their blatantly racist and discriminatory ruling that rap lyrics may be admitted in court as evidence of a defendant’s guilt. LaPolt was invited to be on the Executive Leadership Council of the Black Music Action Coalition and was presented with the BMAC Agent of Change Award in September 2021.
LaPolt has been at the forefront of the NFT boom in 2021 and has been invited to educate the music industry on the subject at events with the Beverly Hills Bar Association, MIDEM, and Music Tectonics Conference.
LaPolt was included in Variety’s 2021 Women’s Impact Report, 2020 Billboard Power 100, Billboard’s 2020 and 2021 Top Music Lawyers and Power of Women 2020. Additionally, she was named to Variety’s Power of Law for 2020 and 2021, The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers 2020 and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Music Attorneys of 2021.