ADVISOR | Producer | Lawyer
Mr. Mosley leads both the Corporate and Entertainment, Media & Technology practice groups at Mosley & Associates where he participates in a broad-based corporate, securities, real estate, finance, intellectual property, sports, media, arts, fashion and entertainment practice. He represents issuers, funds, investment banks, high-net worth individuals and small businesses in a variety of corporate finance, film finance, private equity, merger and acquisition and corporate advisory matters. Mr. Mosley handles trademark, copyright, licensing and general corporate matters as well as representing talent, producers, production companies and labels in film, music, television and fashion projects. He also negotiates marketing, endorsement and other campaigns for his varied sports and entertainment clients. As a litigator, Mr. Mosley has defended both public and private billion dollar acquisitions, as well as a SEC investigation related to option back-dating. As a watchdog, he provides transparent checks and balances for his entertainment clients, monitoring the actions and deals of the sports agents, managers, business managers, accountants and agencies. To that end, he has brought cases against business managers and large bookkeeping firms for fraud, mismanagement of funds and breaches of fiduciary duty for his entertainment clients.
A committed lawyer to public service, Mr. Mosley, on a pro bono basis, has represented orphanages (Isaiah Washington’s Gondobay Manga Foundation) in Africa serving children whose parents died from complication by HIV/AIDS. He is most proud, however, of his ongoing representation of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit that changes the lives of young people through the performing arts. Mr. Mosley has represented the Academy on numerous transactional, real estate, labor, intellectual property, endorsement, entertainment and litigation matters. Before pursuing an entertainment and media law practice, he spent four years as a corporate lawyer in the Los Angeles and New York offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and was Head of Business Affairs and General Counsel at Smith Global, Inc. (a Smith Family entertainment company) for two years.
Mr. Mosley holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Computer Engineering, and a Masters of Science in Information, Economics and Management with a specialization in Incentive Centered Designed. As an engineer, Mr. Mosley worked for Intel Corporation as a chip designer and software engineer. He has specialized skill sets in economics, marketing, system and product design and cognitive behavioral science. Mr. Mosley has presented papers at the African Development Conference and the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. He works as a consultant and business advisor throughout South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria working with companies such as Vodafone, Etisalat and What Box. Mr. Mosley also worked for Procter & Gamble in sales and marketing.
A graduate of Harvard Law School and recipient of the Dean’s Award (selected by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan), Mr. Mosley clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the state bars of California and New York as well as the Federal Tax Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Walter is represented as a producer by United Talent Agency.
Dana Powers has traveled a long and winding road to the field of entertainment law and her dream role of supporting Walter Mosley in his legal, managerial, producing, and technological endeavors. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 and moved to Los Angeles, CA to teach middle school science and math in Watts as a Teach for America corps member. After leaving Los Angeles for law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Dana returned shortly after graduating in 2012 in pursuit of her muse in the realm of film and music. Ever the academic scholar, Dana has always been an ardent admirer of the arts.
As an apprentice to Mr. Mosley, Ms. Powers lives her dream of being up-close and personal with some of the brightest lights in Hollywood, while handling a variety of issues arising from “The Business” both in-house and out of the office. She focuses her energy on entertainment law with an emphasis on contracts, transactional business filings, trademark, copyright and licensing and general corporate matters. Ms. Powers also pursues synergies among talent, producers, production companies and labels in various creative endeavors.