Founded in 2015

 

Second Row Law is a Birmingham based law firm providing a variety of legal services with a uniquely experienced and cost-effective style. SRL focuses on litigation, business law and creative arts matters. Its mission is to provide effective advocacy, creativity and protection for all clients – individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs and artists alike. Because SRL is a small firm, clients get the personal care and attention they deserve. In line with its goal to find creative solutions, SRL employs unique contingency fee and hourly billing methods – ones that give the client final approval. This approach creates a safeguard against misaligning the interests of a client and the firm.

 

LITIGATION

SRL attorneys have represented and continue to represent individuals and businesses in simple and complex litigation and commercial disputes involving:

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud/bad-faith/misrepresentation and other business torts
  • Mortgage lender disputes
  • Property disputes

BUSINESS LAW

SRL attorneys advise entrepreneurs, creatives and business owners in every phase of the business startup and/or management process. SRL attorneys have first-hand experience with the sweat-equity required to build a successful business. We know that one size does not fit all, which is why we focus on individualized innovation, timing and value for your business in the following areas:

  • Startup and business entity counseling and strategy
  • Corporation formation, maintenance and dissolution
  • LLC formation, maintenance and dissolution
  • Shareholder and/or operating agreements
  • Angel/seed round financing and initial capitalization
  • Contract drafting and negotiations
  • General counsel
  • Commercial real estate transactions
  • Wills and trust 

CREATIVE ARTS

SRL attorneys offer counseling to creative individuals and entrepreneurs who wish to establish a brand, license and/or publish works, or have copyright needs. Our small size gives you the personal attention that you will not find with big law. We admire you and know you deserve more than the status quo. We also know that many artists and creatives struggle financially while trying to build their careers, which is why SRL offers discounts to low-income clients. Please drop in to see us anytime and ask about our services, which include the following:

  • License and use agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Publishing and publisher agreements
  • Band member and management agreements
  • Recording and merchandising contracts
  • Writer agreements
  • Sponsor contract

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MICHAEL CLARKE

Michael is an experienced attorney who is dedicated to developing long-lasting and meaningful relationships with his clients. His practice is devoted to helping clients in both business and entertainment law matters. Michael assists his business clients in all aspects, from initial entity filings to general counseling when business grows. He also prepares, analyzes, and negotiates contracts for his clients and assists his creative arts clients with filing and enforcement of their copyrights, trademarks, licenses, and other intellectual property rights. 

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from Appalachian State University where he played safety for the football team. He earned his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the Brock School of Business at Samford University.  

Michael is very active in the Birmingham community. He is a member of Mountain Brook Community Church and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. During his free time, you can often find Michael either playing soccer or checking out any of the excellent music venues around town.

 

 

BEN WEAR

Ben has broad experience in representing individuals and businesses in every facet of business law. He counsels start-ups and existing businesses on formation, strategy, management and dissolution. Ben’s practice also includes litigating business disputes, contract disputes and real estate disputes. 

Ben received his Masters of Tax Accounting from the University of Alabama and his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Association.

Ben is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in Vestavia Hills with his wife, Mallory, and their two dogs, Danner and Scout.