Coe Ramsey is an entertainment lawyer with an emphasis in music, broadcast, communications, and media law. A former disc jockey, Coe represents radio and television stations, music-related businesses, musicians, artists, new media companies, and others in nearly every area of entertainment law.
Coe has a diverse entertainment practice that includes matters related to music, radio, film, television, and publishing. His passion for broadcasting and music stems from his years of experience in the industry as a DJ, re-mixer, and producer. A former mix show DJ for Greensboro radio station 102 JAMZ, Coe has a deep understanding of the complex legal problems that entertainment clients face. He has become a leading entertainment lawyer and counsels a variety of clients including artists, musicians, producers, radio and television stations, record and publishing companies, new media companies, advertisers, DJs, authors, and other related ventures in nearly every area of entertainment law. He represents clients on a variety of issues, including contract drafting and negotiation, music licensing, copyright, trademark, litigation, intellectual property disputes, advertising, privacy, and formation and financing of entertainment companies.
The 2017 Chambers USA guide states that "Coe Ramsey frequently acts in IP matters arising from the entertainment space, advising on areas such as litigation and contract negotiations. ‘He is amazing, and I won’t use anyone else,’ asserts one interviewee.”
Coe teaches entertainment law as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law.
Coe’s communications and media practice focuses on FCC regulatory, transactional, corporate and intellectual property (copyright and trademark) matters. Coe represents radio and television operators throughout the country. He counsels and advocates for his clients on a variety of issues, including buying and selling radio and television properties, FCC ownership rules and policies, broadcast licensing and renewals, programming issues, cable and satellite carriage, political advertising, and music licensing. Coe also works with new media companies, including Internet broadcasters, digital networks, and app developers, and assists them on a variety of issues, including content acquisition and protection, licensing, privacy, terms and conditions, and digital advertising and promotions.
Coe has a diverse intellectual property practice with an emphasis on copyright, trademark, and right to publicity matters. Coe’s clients include radio and television stations, new media companies, artists and musicians, record and publishing companies, advertisers, internet broadcasters, digital networks, app developers, and other entertainment companies and entrepreneurs whose businesses involve intellectual property matters. He represents his clients on a variety of issues, including contract drafting and negotiation, licensing, intellectual property protection, and litigation. Coe teaches intellectual property law as an adjunct professor of entertainment law at Wake Forest University School of Law.
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property Law (2016-2018)
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Entertainment Law - Music and Litigation - Intellectual Property (2019)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a “Rising Star” in Entertainment & Sports Law (2011-2012) and Communications Law (2009)
Recipient, Irving E. Carlyle Distinguished Law Scholarship
AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
Adjunct Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law (2013-present)
Board of Advisors Member, Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law, Wake Forest University School of Law (2011-present)
Chair, Sports and Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2010-2011)
Council Member, Sports and Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2008-present)
Music and Film Co-Chair, Sports and Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2007)
Technology Chair, Sports and Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2007)
Contributing Writer, DJ Times Magazine (2009-present)
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association (1998-present)
Member, North Carolina Bar Association (1998-present)
Cooperating Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Inc. (2003-2004)
Co-Author, Survey of North Carolina Privacy Law and Related Claims Against the Media, Media Law Resource Center 50-State Survey, Media Privacy and Related Law, 2015-present
I am an entertainment and communications lawyer because I was a DJ. When I was in high school, I was a mix show DJ on one of the largest stations in the market. I knew at the time that 102 JAMZ was my “ticket,” I just didn’t know to where. My exposure on radio led to years of work as a mobile and nightclub DJ and as a re-mixer/music producer. I have always been fascinated by the power of radio and music. Music has a way of bringing people together unlike any other medium. Watching that happen while you are playing the music, whether from a 99,000 watt radio transmitter or in a DJ booth, is about as good at it gets.
In college, my philosophy classes introduced me to another passion – law. I realized there could be no better way to combine my passions than to become an entertainment and communications lawyer. The best part of my law practice is my clients. Broadcasters, entertainment entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, filmmakers, producers, and I are kindred spirits. My experience in and understanding of their businesses give me a unique legal perspective. Applying this perspective for clients in entertainment and communications industries, advising and navigating them through legal issues, and helping them succeed is my passion.