Peter Strand is a partner at the entertainment, media, and intellectual property law firm Leavens, Strand & Glover in Chicago. He represents content creators and providers including authors, songwriters and composers, recording artists, musicians, television and film writers, independent record labels, music publishers, independent film producers and documentarians, and production companies in various transactional and litigation matters in the entertainment industry. In addition to contract preparation, analysis, and negotiation.
He assists clients with protecting and enforcing their copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property rights; licensing or exploiting their creative works; acquiring and distributing content; and selecting, securing, and protecting product and service brand names.
In addition to his law practice, Peter teaches music law as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He has also taught at Chicago Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and Marquette University Law School.
He has served the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy, as National Trustee, President, Vice President, and Chapter Governor.
Peter is the Chair-Elect of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries.
Honor include Chambers USA, Band 1, Media & Entertainment – Transactional in 2017; Best Lawyers Magazine Entertainment Law-Music Lawyer of the Year 2018, 2016, 2015, & 2013; "Leading Lawyer” in Arts, Entertainment and Sports in Illinois, 2003 – 2017; and “Illinois Super Lawyer” 2007-2017,
Peter also provides pro bono legal services to musicians, artists, and arts organizations through the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, where he has been involved as a volunteer and a Board Member for more than 20 years.
Before becoming an attorney, Peter played and recorded as a full time touring musician with several bands including recording two albums for RCA/Millennium Records.
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