Rob McNeely

Rob McNeely

Rob McNeely

Direct Phone: (850) 553-3470
Email Address: [email protected]


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  • Education

    • The Florida State University College of Law, J.D., with high honors, 1993
    • University of Kansas, B.S., Journalism, 1981

    Practice Areas

    • Entertainment Law
    • Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks & Copyrights)
    • Florida Appellate Law
    • Florida Administrative Law
    • Business Transactions & Commercial Litigation

  • Representative Client Experience

    • Represents entertainment companies and content creators, including recording artists (e.g., Creed, 1999 – 2004), authors, producers, and songwriters, in all areas, including contract negotiations, litigation, and business. Has represented clients in entertainment law litigation in state and federal courts in Florida, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas. Has appeared twice in amicus briefs on entertainment litigation before the Supreme Court of Florida.
    • Represents copyright and trademark owners in filing and defense of intellectual property matters, primarily in federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in Alexandria, Virginia.
    • Represents individuals, businesses, and associations in Americans with Disability Act litigation in federal court.
    • Represents businesses and business owners both in mergers and acquisitions and in commercial litigation.
    • Represents individuals, businesses, and associations before appellate courts throughout Florida.
    • Represents clients in state administrative matters before the Division of Administrative Hearings.


    • The Florida Bar, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1995
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2002

    Public Service

    • Florida Commission on Responsible Fatherhood, 1996-2002
    • Volunteer Coach of Youth Sports, 1997-2006
    • Lead Coordinator, Manna on Meridian (volunteer-operated food & clothing ministry), 2017-2019

    Publications and Lectures

    • Frequent Panelist and guest speaker on entertainment industry and contracts, intellectual property and licensing, and related trends at forums throughout Florida, nationally, and internationally.
    • Adjunct Professor, teaching a highly popular class on Entertainment Law at The Florida State University College of Law, 2004-present.
    • Author of chapter on “Parental Responsibility” for eight years (four separate editions), in The Florida Bar CLE Publications’ primary work on family law, Florida Dissolution of Marriage.
    • Primary author of chapter titled, “Hopelessly Defective: An Examination of the Economic Assumptions Underlying Child Support Guidelines,” published in The Law and Economics of Child Support Payments (Edward Elgar Pub. 2004).

  • Professional Associations

    • The Florida Bar, Entertainment and Sports Law Section

    Community Activities

    • President, Gulf Winds Triathletes, 2013
    • Gulf Winds Track Club
    • Faith Presbyterian Church, Deacon, 2016-2019 term