Partner Daniel Schacht Named to Billboard’s 2024 “Top Music Lawyers” List

OAKLAND (April 1, 2024) – Donahue Fitzgerald is proud to announce that Partner, Daniel Schacht, has been named to Billboard’s annual list of top lawyers in the music industry.

Billboard recognized Daniel’s major clients and achievements from the past year. Donahue’s music clients include Carlos Santana, Missy Elliott, Barry Mann, Mary Bono and the estate of Malik Taylor (aka Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest). Most recently, the Music and Entertainment group handled Santana’s legal work for the documentary Carlos, released through Sony Classics, which premiered on streaming platforms in September. The group also represents former congresswoman Bono, widow of the late Sonny Bono, in the Cher v. Bono litigation regarding copyright terminations. When asked about his insight in the most pressing issues facing the music business other than the rise of artificial intelligence, Daniel said “The success of ABBA Voyage shows how live music can be transformed through technology while building on a very traditional artist-audience connection,” he says “Lawyers will be there to make sure artists retain and enforce their rights and avoid exploitation in a new medium.”’

Congratulations Daniel and the teamwork of Donahue Fitzgerald’s Music and Entertainment group.

  • Eric Baxter, Paralegal
  • Arun Bose, Associate
  • Padmini Cheruvu, Associate
  • Mario Choi, Partner
  • Megan Cronin, Paralegal
  • Nathan Desai, Associate
  • Maureen Duffy, Partner
  • Barbara Friedman, Of Counsel
  • Melanie Kim, Associate
  • Steven Lee, Partner
  • Hayley Lenahan, Associate
  • Andrew MacKay, Managing Partner
  • Jonathan Osder, Partner
  • Jessica Rios, Legal Secretary
  • Pam Trempel, Legal Secretary

View the full 2024 Top Music Lawyers List.

About Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP is a full-service law firm with more than fifty attorneys with offices in the Bay Area and an office in Los Angeles. The firm provides legal advice and representation in all aspects of business and corporate law, employment, intellectual property, real estate, construction, immigration, legal cannabis, nonprofit, franchise, music and entertainment, and tax, as well as trusts and estates and litigation.