Andrea Villarreal

Attorney
Oaks Hartline & Daly LLP

I practices in the areas of entertainment law, estate planning and probate, civil litigation, general business law, and intellectual property. I have served on the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) Texas Chapter’s Board of Governors since 2013 and currently serve as the chapter’s Secretary and Advocacy Committee Chair. I represent and advise a number of notable artists (including GRAMMY-winners), festivals, music businesses, recording studios, venues, managers, producers and even reality TV stars on all aspects of the entertainment industry, including copyright, trademark, contracts, business formation, licensing, publishing, touring, recording, and tax and estate planning for musicians and artists.

Before transitioning into the industry side of music, I was a performing musician who practically grew up in recording studios. I was hired at age 10 as a vocalist to perform on children’s motivational cassettes (and later CDs) and worked with the company for 4 years. I am also trained in classical piano and played electric bass in a touring ska band for 6 years. To pay bills while performing in the ska band, I began my career working in television news. After experiencing a buyout of the station first-hand and the negotiation of talent contracts, I decided to quit the band, quit television news, and go to law school. The knowledge and experience I gained from performing and working in media gave me the skills to understand and help other musicians navigate the business side of the industry.