Media Arts Lawyers sets date for Brisbane launch
David Vodicka’s Media Arts Lawyers establishes a presence later this month in Brisbane, TMN can confirm.
The entertainment law firm will open its doors the week of May 23 in Fortitude Valley, the city’s entertainment district and the beating heart of Bigsound, which returns in September with a physical event.
Newly appointed partner Marcus Walkom will oversee the new office at 35/269 Wickham Street, MAL’s fourth after Sydney, Auckland and its Melbourne headquarters.
With the ten-year countdown to the 2032 Olympics and, as the live music community comes back to life after two barren years, Brisbane was “an obvious next choice” for the company to establish a physical presence, and a “perfect location” to serve Queensland and northern New South Wales more widely, reads a statement on the northward expansion.
Brisbane has “until more recently been eclipsed by its east coast counterparts Sydney and Melbourne,” Walkom noted in a statement to TMN.
“However, the growing recognition of the city – along with Queensland more broadly and northern New South Wales – as a creative and cultural hub made sense for the firm as we continue to grow as the largest firm. entertainment lawyers in Australia and New Zealand.”
With the elevation of Walkom, Yasmin Naghavi (Melbourne) and Rob Glass (Sydney) in 2021, reflecting the firm’s “recent significant growth”, a statement read at the time, the law firm now has six partners and fourteen lawyers.
“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to open the Brisbane office and grateful for the support and guidance from fellow partners David, Stephen, Julian, Yasmin and Rob,” Walkom adds.
When Queensland’s music industry met state leaders in March for the inaugural Parliamentary Friends of the Music Industry function, guests were told that, in a typical pre-Covid year, the Sun State’s live music industry generates $175 million.
Additionally, according to QMusic, the state’s broader music industry generates some $330 million in revenue.
“I look forward to serving the vibrant music, entertainment and creative industries across Queensland and northern New South Wales as the region continues its evolution into a globally recognized home for the arts,” enthused Walkom.
Founded by Vodicka, MAL has represented Courtney Barnett, Flume, Gotye, Tame Impala, Kylie Minogue, Daniel Johns, AIR, IMNZ, MMF New Zealand and many more over its 20 year history.