Stephen E. Sessa



  • Whittier Law School, 1993, J.D.
  • St. Joseph's University, 1990

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California

Steve is Co-Chair of the Entertainment and Media Industry Group. He is a distinguished entertainment lawyer who concentrates his practice in the music business. His extensive music business experience has allowed him to achieve superior results for a broad spectrum of clients. This includes multi-platinum superstars, world class producers and songwriters, record companies, publishing companies, composers, promoters, distributors, record company executives, entrepreneurs, retail stores, hedge funds and institutional entertainment companies.

Steve is an authority in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of industry contracts, including recording, production, publishing, licensing, management, merchandising, producing, distribution, record label, executive employment, sponsorship, endorsement, joint-venture, new media, and many other entertainment related documents.

Specific matters include negotiating and advising clients in multi-million dollar recording deals and renegotiations, purchase and sale agreements of music publishing and master recording catalogues with values in excess of 100 million dollars, sophisticated and complex endorsement contracts and blockbuster worldwide concert tours and events.

Employment History

  • 2004 - Reed Smith
  • 1997 - Hall Dickler LLP (combined with Reed Smith in 2004)
  • 1994 - Spray Gould & Bowers