Entertainment attorney Thomas Valentino is the founder of The Counsel, PLLC, providing legal counsel and strategic advice for songwriters, recording artists, digital properties, media organizations and entertainment executives with an expertise and focus on the sale of music publishing catalogues. He has negotiated global publishing and recording contracts with Sony/ATV, Universal Music Publishing, BMG, Hipgnosis, Warner/Chappell, Reservoir Media among others.
Tommy is a regular contributor to the SiriusXM morning show FEEDBACK, offering unique breakdowns of complex and controversial legal cases affecting the music industry. He is a shareholder in the Zach Sang Show, nationally syndicated by Westwood One/Cumulus Media. Valentino is the founder and principal of Zen Bulldog Entertainment, a music publishing and production joint venture with BMG specializing in music for film and television projects.
A respected authority on performing rights issues and passionate advocate for the art of songwriting, Valentino successfully lobbied for copyright legislation improving royalty payments to publishers and songwriters. He is credited as legal advisor for artists such as Kid Rock, Zach Sang, Jose Feliciano and legendary Leon Russell with Elton John.
A graduate of New York University, Valentino attended Hofstra University School of Law and clerked under the Court of Appeals for admission to the New York State Bar.