Robert Ross

Robert Ross


I started out creating ways to facilitate “The Vision of a Future Artist” when I first got started. As an Attorney in the Entertainment Business, one of my main legal aspects is to provide a simple blueprint for up and coming artists to learn the power of maintaining OWNERSHIP of their respective work. So many artists in their creative process lose sight of the “COMPLETE PICTURE”. 

Twenty-Five years and counting I’ve represented countless producers, artists, songwriters, and it’s always a joy, honor, and a rush; to help facilitate a structure that moves the CULTURE forward and helps the mission of the client. My experiences have taught me that there are different dynamics within this business, and one needs to be fully informed and up to date in order to solidify their position.

The International Market has been very good to R&R. My Team (Rose “Maria’ Parra GM head of admin, George Waters President of Mission Control Recordings, Curt Hamilton COO. Head of A&R Elroy Nelson A&R Direction & John Santiago EVP IT COMPLIANCE) have uniquely put our structure as one of our top strengths within the International arenas. My goal is to identify the client brand and diversify it both domestically and internationally.

Our goal when first meeting a perspective client is to TRULY UNDERSTAND THEIR PASSION AND MISSION. One of the key elements that I live by is having the mindset and keeping the continuity, which is essential for any relationship to grow.


  • Senior Fellow: One Hundred Concerned Black Men Advisory Council
  • Appointed: Board of Directors H.O.O.P.S. (Help Our Playgrounds)
  • Counsel to various Imprints
  • Served as Co-Counsel NARAS Washington DC Chapter
  • Active Voting Member of NARAS (National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences)
  • Co-Owner M&M Publishing Company Licensed through Warner Chappell Music
  • Negotiated Deals with Viacom, Sony Pictures, Warner Records
  • Past Partnership Sony
  • Past Partnership EMI
  • Recently secured three television deals with Viacom Parent Company
  • Lionsgate Films
  • Legal Counsel to previous and present reality TV personalities
  • Mission Control Recordings CEO
  • “first look” Deal with Paramount Pictures

Faculty, Speaking and Authorships

  • 1995 & 1997 Panelist “How can I be Down”, Music Conference Miami, Florida
  • 1996 & Jack the Rapper”, Conference Corporate Sponsor and Panelist Atlanta
  • 2000 & 2003 “World Music and Entertainment Music”, Conference Tokyo Attendee
  • 2004 “Kiss FM Copyright and Publishing Seminar”, London Moderator
  • 2010 & 2011 “Australian World Music”, Conference Sydney Australia Attendee
  • 2011 & 2012 Active Moderator for A&R Summit Miami
  • 2017 NAIFA PG County Chapter president
  • 2018 ELI NARAS

Educational Background

  • Fisk University| B.A Finance
  • George Washington University| B.A. Marketing
  • Georgetown Law Center |LLM Program
  • Masters in Public Policy
  • Juris Doctorate

Bar Affiliation

  • 1995 to Present Member ABA Entertainment and Sports Law Section, IP Section
  • Member of BESLA (Black Entertainment Sports Law Association)
  • Member of the RIAA Advocacy Counsel
  • Member of NORML


  • Recipient "Pro Bono of The Year" Award WAMA
  • Honored by Lexus Nexus and for 25 years of Service to the Community
  • Recipient Super Lawyers of the Decade@
  • Recipient Pro Bono of the Year BMI
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.