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Since birth, Ashley Hollan has been immersed in the arts, defining herself as an artist and advocate for the creative community. By the time she reached high school, Ashley's visual artwork had been featured both at the High Museum of Art as well as at the twin towers of the Floyd Building in Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley attended college at Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Public Policy and Visual Art/Art History and spent a semester studying art and art history in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers International (SACI). Ashley then matriculated to law school at the University of Denver, where she held various positions to build her business and legal entertainment experience. In law school, Ashley was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Staff Editor for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and President of Phi Delta Phi legal ethics honors fraternity. Her internships included work with two Duke University entities, a start-up company, the Fulton County Conflict Defender, the DeKalb County Public Defender, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Realty Division, Rock the Earth, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization that partners with the music industry, a concert promotions internship with AEG Live, an internship with top hockey agents at K.O. Sports, Inc., and work as an Associate with Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts. She also served as an Intellectual Property Law Teaching Assistant for a close mentor, Professor Robert Sullivan of Loeb & Loeb, at Nashville School of Law. Ashley's extensive legal background as a licensed attorney includes work as a contract Metro Conflict Defender representing indigent clients charged with both complex and noncomplex felonies, a contractor for the Cobb County Circuit Defender representing indigent clients in both State and Superior Courts, employment at international law firm King & Spalding, and employment as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for a large chain of boat and recreational vehicle dealerships where she was responsible for both multi-state and international corporate divisions. She is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Tennessee. Ashley focuses her practice on entertainment, music and art clients and has served as a Volunteer Lawyer with Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts as well as Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. She is active in multiple bar associations including the Georgia Bar Association where she is a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section and the American Bar Association, where she is a member of the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Business Law section and the Intellectual Property section. She was recently appointed to serve as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industry. Ashley is also a member of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals and has excelled in her side coursework in the Berklee College of Music/ SNHU Music Business MBA program. Ashley has studied French, Spanish, and Italian aside from her native English language, and resides in Atlanta with her husband with whom she founded Arkabutla Music, and their rescue pets, though she can be found in Atlanta, Athens or Nashville on any given day. EDUCATION: Duke University: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Visual Art/ Art History, 2005 University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Juris Doctor, 2008 Berklee College of Music/ SNHU: Music Business MBA Candidate BAR ADMISSIONS: Tennessee, 2009 Georgia, 2010 RECENT PRESENTATIONS: "An Overview of Synch Deals" National Association of Record Industry Professionals, Atlanta Chapter, February 18, 2015 "Artist Alert: Covering Your Assets- Litigation in Entertainment" Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, November 19, 2014 Guest Speaker on "Atlanta Legal Experts" Business Radio, April 28, 2015 "State of the Music Biz: I Want A Deal" Writing Sessions America National Conference Call, May 31, 2015 "Monetizing Your Copyrights" Writing Sessions America Live Radio Event, Apache Cafe, July 23, 2015 PUBLICATIONS: "Music Lawyers Taking the Rap: The Musicalization of Legal Ethics," University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, 4 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. Law J. 196 (2008) PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Co-Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Industry Committee, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division American Bar Association, Member of the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections Georgia Bar Association National Association of Record Industry Professionals Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts Writing Sessions America ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS ENDEAVORS: Co-Founder, Arkabutla Music Publishing LLC Co-Founder, Arkabutla Distribution LLC Founder & Visual Artist, Demon Chicken Designs
I own multiple arts organizations which include the following: ***The Hollan Entertainment Law Group, LLC: "Bridging the Gap Between Dreams and Reality" Led by Principal Attorney Ashley Couch who is licensed to practice in the primary media centers of Atlanta and Nashville, The Hollan Entertainment Law Group, LLC is equipped to handle all aspects of far-reaching media deals and projects in all realms of the entertainment industry. Attorney Couch provides 360 degree perspective on legal needs in the entertainment realm. Her catalog of clients includes touring bands, solo artists, producers, actors, managers, visual artists, authors, composers and app developers. The Hollan Entertainment Law Group, LLC brings over a decade of experience and expertise in entertainment intellectual property matters to provide clients with solid guidance and protection. Our network of in-house and referral attorneys can assist with all aspects of intellectual property, including copyright and trademark registrations, trade secret protection, and litigation. Whether you need help starting a business or seek representation for a complex legal issue, The Hollan Entertainment Law Group, LLC can help. Attorney Couch has experience with everything from providing legal guidance to small startups from inception to handling complex international business issues for established corporate entities with over 500 employees and diverse holdings. *** Arkabutla Music Publishing LLC & Arkabutla Distribution LLC: International Music Publishing and Distribution. "We Bring Music Home." We strive to provide artists and publishers with viable opportunities to build their businesses through the production and publication of quality content in all genres. With our help, clients maximize revenue through creative licensing and transparent administration. We strive to drive quality entertainment content to retailers and final users worldwide through targeted channels, extending client reach in the the global marketplace with effective distribution technology for both digital and physical sales.