Al Staehely was a singer/songwriter from the 1970s. He was featured in Spirit, The Staehely Brothers, The Nick Gravenites John Cipollina Band and recorded with labels such as Epic and Polydor.
He is now an entertainment lawyer based in Houston, Texas. He has specialized in legal matters pertaining to the music and film industries since 1979.
After graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1970, Mr. Staehely moved to Los Angeles and joined the already established band, Spirit, as lead singer, bass player, and principal songwriter. He recorded the album Feedback with that band which contained seven originals by Staehely.
Two years later he wrote ten songs for a Staehely Brothers album also released on Epic Records. Later, Polydor released a solo album by Al Staehely. As a writer, his songs have been recorded by Keith Moon, Bobbie Gentry, Patti Dahlstrom, Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina, Marty Balin, Peter Cox, and Hodges, James & Smith.
He states in an interview about his music:
"Law didn't lead me to music. Music delivered me to law. Like so many others, I played in bands while in high school (Austin, Texas), in university (The University of Texas) and in law school (The University of Texas School of Law). Unlike most others, I didn't practice law for almost ten years after graduating. I joined the group Spirit, wrote songs, recorded for Epic records and toured the world."
Career As Entertainment Lawyer:
His clients include musicians, record labels, music publishing companies, and distribution companies. He handles various matters related to recording, publishing, sub-publishing, and licensing both domestically and internationally.
Staehely has represented film production companies, optioned life-story rights, and cleared music rights for films including the Academy Award-nominated documentary For All Mankind. He also represents clients with respect to litigation in all matters related to the entertainment business, including copyright and trademark issues.
In addition to his practice, Staehely has taught music publishing and music business law at both the Art Institute of Houston and St. Thomas University, also in Houston. He has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching Entertainment Law.
Mr. Staehely is also a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and the Entertainment and Sports Law section of the Texas Bar and the American Bar Association.
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