Lara Lavi, ESQ.
YOUR ADVISOR, AND
YOUR BIGGEST FAN
Down-to-earth business and legal advice when you need it most.
Turning passion into entrepreneurship
Since 1994, Media Law Group has provided legal counsel and business advice to artists, entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses. We have an integrated disciplinary approach through our national and international network of industry professionals, led by managing partner, Lara Lavi, ESQ.
Lara Lavi, ESQ.
Lara Lavi is attorney, an entrepreneur, an entertainment company executive, a film and TV producer & writer, and an award-winning singer-songwriter. Her unique experience gives you the edge whether you’re starting a new company, working on a new album or growing your existing business. Lara and her team solve problems and create new opportunities as you work to take the next step.
In her own words, Lara Lavi introduces you to the work that Media Law Group does for clients.
Lara and her team look ahead to the newest and best legal and technology developments and business tools to help clients thrive in a dynamic market.
Media Law Group
Throughout her professional career, Lara has been the managing partner of Media Law Group, Inc., a boutique law firm that specializes in business and entertainment law with offices in Seattle and affiliate offices in New York, Los Angeles, Malta and London. Lara is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association. Media Law Group’s clients are spread across North America and the world. Lara maintains contact through SKYPE and other online video platforms to assure she is always accessible to her clients.
Lara’s entrepreneurial experience gives her a deep understanding of the legal and business challenges and opportunities clients face.
Dreaming in Color Entertainment
Dreaming in Color Entertainment (DICE) was founded in 2004 to develop custom comics in collaboration with Marvel. Currently, Lara is working with Seattle Media Ventures to develop original scripts for streaming and network television.
As part of DICE, Lara served for two years, until August 2017, as the General Manager for Seattle’s historic nearly a century-old Columbia City Theater, building its revenue from a distressed business to a profitable business.
DICE along with Lara’s husband, award-winning producer Maurice Jones Jr., has a strategic alliance with the multi-gold and platinum music production facility Robert Lang Studios just north of Seattle. Lara also serves as General Counsel for Mr. Lang and is helping him with all aspects of the studio’s business development and education programs.
Lara was the founding Managing Member and eventually the Executive Vice President of Business Development & Business Affairs for Zing Revolution, a leading manufacturer, marketer and fulfillment center for a unique product line that embraced pop culture with iconic branded images and consumer electronic devices. Lara raised $9.5 million dollars to launch and successfully develop Zing Revolution. In 2014, Lara orchestrated the lucrative merger/acquisition of Zing Revolution and then went on to start DICE.
WIDEawake Entertainment Group
Up until December 2009, Lara was the CEO and the Managing Partner of Toronto-based WIDEawake Entertainment Group Inc. She negotiated the company’s $18 million dollar acquisition of Death Row Records’ assets from a California bankruptcy. She then went on to raise $5 million through advances on sales and publishing to capitalize the company and orchestrate its successful acquisition by E-1 Entertainment.
Under the name Lara Lavi, concurrent with her business efforts, Lara, through the 1980s and 1990s, has also been an award-winning singer-songwriter signed to first Columbia Records and later A&M Records. These contracts were both for Lara as a solo artist and with her group, The SongCatchers, which she founded with Charles Neville, the saxophonist for the New Orleans based Neville Brothers.
For years, Lara has been a songwriter for Warner Chappel and is now published through Very Juicy Publishing.
Jacinta Sara Ritchie, ESQ
Ms. Ritchie is pleased to join Media Law Group as an Of Counsel Attorney through her own firm, Jay S. Ritchie, PLLC. A graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Vermont Law School, Ms. Ritchie provides extensive legal services in numerous areas including estate planning, trusts and wills, litigation, intellectual property protection, corporate law, entertainment and media law and contracts law. Ms. Ritchie is proud to support entrepreneurs especially within the BIPOC community.
Ms. Ritchie attended Vermont Law School as an inaugural member of the Accelerated Juris Doctor Program. At the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Ms. Ritchie was a member of the Energy Clinic, exploring the law, policy, and regulation relating to community renewable energy development, specifically the procurement of solar energy to meet institutional needs. Ms. Ritchie worked for the University of Washington, where she studied Medical Anthropology and Global Health as an undergraduate. The Ronald E. McNair Program enabled Ms. Ritchie, through funding, to pursue further research, publish academic articles, and attend research conferences to present scholarly work. Ms. Ritchie is working to assist in the development of tribal community energy through a participatory process, which honors Indigenous Knowledge.
As an Indigenous woman herself, Ms. Ritchie takes pride in providing culturally competent care. Ms. Ritchie is an enrolled member of the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi, Cree from Saskatchewan, Japanese, and of mixed European descent. She takes time to know her clients, their business, and their dreams to build actionable plans to actualize their vision.
William Scott Goldman
Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, offering practical experience in the entertainment industry, marketing and branding as founder of several successful start-ups. One of the world's most prolific trademark filers, William is perennially-ranked 'Top-10' at the USPTO with over 10,000 pending applications and registrations for clients in all fifty states and internationally. Having written the book on Branding Law, he is also a frequent lecturer, guest speaker, media commentator and author on various legal subjects. Clients appreciate his creative legal and business insights. William has a strong presence in the music industry working with artists and venues out side of his law practice. His knowledge of IP protection and the way copyrights and trademark filing in the US works is an invaluable asset to Media Law Group. William heads up the Media Law Group’s IP protection division from his Washington DC office a block away from the Trademark Office.
Lily Wecks is a consummate professional working in client outreach and corporate paralegal matters for Media Law Group. When she is not helping our clients, Lily is working hard on her music career as a professional singer songwriter and recording artist. Lily focuses on Client outreach and project management with a strong background in customer relations. Her work background includes working with early stage service industry businesses that interface with the public.