Michael Jon Samuels is a senior associate at Singh, Singh & Trauben, LLP, where he focuses his practice in the areas of music, media and technology. For over twenty years, in legal and business roles, Michael has facilitated commercial relationships among artistic talent and gatekeepers, rightsholders and administrators, technologists, concert promoters, television producers, brand marketers, recorded music companies, music publishers, broadcasters, distributors and media publishers.
At eMusic, Michael supported launch of one of the world’s first digital audio subscription services (pre-iTunes). Technology has remained at the center of his path ever since, including at RollingStone.com, where he forged some of the earliest consumer brand sponsorships of concert webcasts. More recently, for Qello Concerts, Michael sourced and coordinated copyright and production for over-the-top (OTT) delivery of live and on-demand audiovisual music programming across connected devices from Amazon, Apple and Google.
Previously, Michael supported career management for developing rock and roll bands and Grammy Award-winning record producers, songwriters, engineers and arrangers. He also held new business and account management roles for an international advertising agency.
During law school, Michael clerked for two prominent transactional entertainment and media law firms, as well as the Legal and Business Affairs department at Sony BMG. Thereafter, as an associate at a leading national plaintiffs’ firm, Michael litigated multidistrict mass torts and complex commercial fraud against the pharmaceutical industry.
Michael is admitted to practice law in California and New York, and before The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from State University of New York at Albany, cum laude. Michael completed additional coursework in Music Business at the University of California at Los Angeles – Extension, and in Music Performance and Production at State University of New York, Purchase College.