Steven G. Gladstone joined the Nashville office after a long career in a widely varied practice and as a career entrepreneur. Essentially as a "business lawyer" as he puts it, he brings his experience in the legal fields outlined below and focuses on augmenting the firm's area practice with a wide perspective of client matters and client satisfaction. Steven Gladstone has been an entrepreneur himself since inception of his own law firm, and has started and managed a variety of business ventures in the United States and abroad. He has guided his clients in various matters in international transactions, from the European Union to the Pacific Rim.
In the earliest part of his career, he practiced extensively as a litigator in state and federal courts from his own 2-attorney firm in the Midwest. His most recent and extensive focus, experience and reputation have come from representing a wide variety of clients as a transactional law advisor, negotiator and closer with emphasis in intellectual property matters in the industries of music, motion pictures, radio and syndication, and literary works. Within the scope of his IP client services, he advises on the acquisition, protection and exploitation of those properties (including copyright, designs/merchandise, trademark, trade secrets, and confidential information) and has developed a reputation of assisting entrepreneurs in start-up and growth companies.
As a function of his entity work he has written numerous business plans and Private Placement Memoranda to assist his clients in attracting private capital. For many years Mr. Gladstone has offered his new and growth-oriented business clients an entity formation platform, forming limited liability entities and preparing those companies with documentation for the acquisition of capital. Among some of the "firsts" in his career, he engineered first investment banking/law firm/entrepreneur relationship in Nashville, and founded a capital acquisition strategic partnership with an East Coast investment banking firm.
During the three years immediately prior to joining HBS, Gladstone spent most of his time in the Hollywood film industry, consulting with independent producers and other motion picture talents on acquisition of private capital. Proudly, he was engaged by the famous actor, James Caan, for whom he structured a film development and production company and wrote the business plan for the capital raise. While involved in the motion picture business, he attained one of his principal goals: developing an in-depth understanding of the methods and sources of funding both independent and major studio movies.
Most recently, Gladstone has become involved in the Health Care industry, being engaged by entrepreneurial physicians who have requested his assistance in entity formation for new ventures and general business consulting and advisory services. These matters involve:
creating professional limited liability entities to protect a physician’s personal assets
structuring contractual and entity-based joint ventures with third parties to expand the physician’s business outside the core practice
through LLC and PLLC formations, created a holding/management company available to accept working capital and a service company providing surgical services in a “Surgery Team” format to multiple rural hospitals
extensive general business advice, planning, risk assessment and management, deal design and structure
drafting, negotiating and closing contracts with hospitals under public ownership
Mr. Gladstone is a member of the firm's Transaction Advisory Services practice group. He has extensive experience in all aspects of transactional matters focusing on creation, recognition and exploitation of intellectual properties. For clients both domestic and internationally, he has designed, drafted, negotiated and closed an extensive range of intellectual property documentation, license agreements, memoranda of understanding, term sheets, acquisition and sale contracts and executive previews and summaries, including in the subject matters of trademark, copyright, software and entertainment.
University of Missouri School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1972
University of Missouri School of Business and Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accountancy, 1969.
Member of Missouri Bar Association - Sports & Entertainment Committee, served as Co-Chair, Ethics Sub-committee
Copyright Society of the South
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Country Music Association
Founder & Chairman, Film Music Workshop, Inc.
Americana Music Association Board of Directors – First Chairperson of Finance Committee
Leadership Music, Class of 1999
Tips for starting a funding search for entertainment ventures, Nashville Business Journal (blog), March 2014.
"Series LLCs -A Little Known But Advantageous Business Tool"; published in December issue, 2012 NBA Journal
"Copyright Owners: Can You Have Your Cake And Eat It Too?", article on securitization of royalty income streams as alternative to sale of catalog, published in Music Row magazine, (April 2002) and featured in Newsletter, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (Winter, 2004)
White Paper: "The Importance of Private Capital to Nashville's Music Industry" (November, 2007)
Featured interview in article, "The Big Uglies: Nashville's Most Controversial Deal Points," Music Row magazine (October 2001)
Complete course material written for Music Finance course he designed and served as lecturer, Associate Professor, Loyola University, New Orleans (2005-2009)
Panelist on Access to Investment Capital, Leadership Music and Music Row Digital Summit "Series LLCs - That Nobody Understands" CLE presentation for Tennessee Bar Associations and Nashville Bar Association
Bankers' "Future of New Orleans Music" symposium, New Orleans, LA
Best in Texas Music Conference, panelist on Artist Management Issues
Guest Lecturer, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
University of Tennessee Entertainment Law Symposium
Panelist: Practicing Law Institute Symposium on Nashville Entertainment Law Practice
Panelist at William & Mary School of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society,"Symposium: The Evolving Role of Lawyers In The 21st Century."