On Saturday, September 7, 2019 veteran entertainment attorney Heather Beverly received the Legal Champion Award at the 3rd Annual Rolling Out Innovation Digital Entertainment Conference (RIDE) Honors program in Atlanta, GA. Rolling Out’s RIDE is a two-day conference designed to provide access to practical tools, insights, information and resources to African American leaders and professionals. The conference was designed as a viable platform for skill set exchange with a focus on the areas of Business, Entertainment, Technology and Thought-Leadership. The conference culminates in an awards ceremony night which highlights the achievements of notable executives and creatives in the industry.
“Almost 20 years ago I was first featured in Rolling Out magazine in Chicago,” said Heather Beverly. “It was as much of an honor then as it is now to be recognized by one of our industry’s leading publications. I’m thankful to Charles Jenkins for the nomination and Rolling Out Magazine, Munson Steed and the R.I.D.E. Conference for selecting me for the 2019 Legal Champion Award. As entertainment attorneys, we are afforded an extraordinary opportunity to service an exciting industry. Our clients feed souls with their artistry and gifts. I am grateful to be among the collective of professionals whose goals are to ensure that art lives, thrives and is given its just due and I will continue to champion for the ‘wins’ my clients seek.”
Heather M. Beverly, (formerly Nelson) began her legal career as an Associate with Donald Hubert & Associates where she practiced in the areas of high profile, complex civil and criminal litigation and ethics work. Mrs. Beverly established her boutique entertainment law practice in Chicago, Illinois in 1998. In 2019, the Law Office of Heather Beverly, PC celebrated its 21st year of service. With an ever-growing and impressive roster of clients and significant deal-making, its principal, Mrs. Beverly is recognized for being a powerbroker who consistently provides quality, aggressive representation of her clients.
Mrs. Beverly represents a variety of clientele including entertainment companies, entertainment executives, entrepreneurs, comedians, television personalities, television production companies, screenplay writers and Gold, Platinum and award-winning artists, producers and entertainers. Mrs. Beverly served on the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy (Grammys) for eight years, frequently speaks on entertainment industry related panels, podcasts and television shows and has been featured in various publications.
A native from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beverly earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. After college, she went on to law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois where she earned her J.D. in just two and a half years in 1995.
Her long and distinguished list of clients include/have included some of the industry’s top pop, urban songwriters and producers such as Maejor, Monsters and Strangerz, D.A. “d.a. got that dope” Doman, Xplicit, Frecklesthewriter who have created hit songs for artists such as: Zedd (#1 song “The Middle”), Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Tyga (#1 hit “Taste”), Kodak Black (“ZeZe”), Jason Derulo, Pitbull, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nelly, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Rhianna, Flo Rida, Ne-Yo, Selena Gomez, Trey Songz, Demi Lavato, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Nikki Minaj, Kid Ink, R. Kelly, Ciara, Akon, Janet Jackson, Tank, 5th Harmony, Diddy and more!; several of gospel music’s top award winning artists, writers and producers (Pastor Charles Jenkins, Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, Jacky Clark-Chisolm, Jonathan Nelson, Jason Nelson, Isaac Carree, Earnest Pugh, Rick Robinson, Daniel Weatherspoon, Bishop William Murphy, Ted Winn, Darius Paulk, JJ Hairston, Willie Moore, Jr. and more); the Thomas Dorsey Estate (“father” of Gospel music) and the Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar; and entertainment companies and industry influencers: Mathew Knowles (Music World Entertainment (Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Solange, etc.); NuFace Entertainment, “Star Clippers” (celebrity barbers for Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Anthony Anderson, etc.); R8D Music Publishing, LLC (JV with BMG), Inspired People, LLC, NABFEME (National Association of Black Females in Music and Entertainment).