Thomas Valentino is a prominent New York City entertainment attorney experienced in transactional law, contract negotiations, litigation settlements, asset monetization and intellectual property licensing.
Valentino’s practice specializes in counseling across all legal, business, and financial platforms of the entertainment industry, with targeted defense of intellectual property rights. He provides strategic and legal advice to recording artists, industry executives, music publishers, songwriters, producers, managers, and media tech companies. Valentino has represented clients in negotiations with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, BMG, Hipgnosis, Reservoir Media, Viacom, and HBO among others. His client roster includes Oscar and Grammy Award winners, Rock ‘n Roll and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductees.
Thomas is Counsel to VAI Resorts International, Arizona’s new billion-dollar resort and entertainment complex and is a Professor of Music Publishing at Berklee College of Music. He is a legal analyst on the SiriusXM morning show FEEDBACK, offering unique breakdowns of complex and controversial legal cases affecting the entertainment industry. Valentino has appeared on and quoted in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, CNBC, The Observer, various Conde Nast publications, and PEOPLE.
Valentino is a Board Member of the Austin, Texas Musicians Treatment Foundation and served for six years as a Board Member of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research where he was a top fundraiser; he has also advised the UJA-Federation of New York, where he created the Music Visionary of the Year Award and was on the Advisory Board of New York’s PBS Networks. He was a presenting Committee Member at the Paley Center for Media, a Community Advisory Board Member for WNET/WLIW and the pro-bono General Counsel for Media Rights, an early advocate for short form documentaries that promote social change and inclusion.
A graduate of New York University, Valentino attended Hofstra University School of Law and clerked under the New York State Court of Appeals for admission to the New York State Bar.