Shawnassey focuses in the area of entertainment law, intellectual property and corporate law. Her media and advertising background gives her a unique perspective that allows her to advise on all aspects of musical, film and book projects, including editing, budgeting, corporate structure, promotion and social media marketing, licensing, and royalty accountings.
Shawnassey graduated summa cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 1999 and immediately joined Frascogna Entertainment Law. Shawnassey is practices in the firm’s Mobile, Alabama office and is licensed to practice in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Shawnassey obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, with a specialization in Radio, Television and Film. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Alabama in 1990.
In the music industry, Shawnassey has represented award-winning songwriters and multi-platinum recording artists, independent record labels, and music publishing companies. Her work with musicians has included recording contracts, publishing contracts, agent and management contracts, royalty accountings, licensing and event management.
In the book industry, Shawnassey has represented authors and independent book publishers. She has assisted authors and publishers in book launches, including everything from line editing and proofreading to cover design consultation, budgeting, distribution, and marketing. She has also assisted authors in securing and negotiating film rights contracts.
In the film and television industry, Shawnassey has represented independent film and television productions of all sizes. Shawnassey helps filmmakers with investment prospectuses, budgeting, promotion, distribution deals, production legal, licensing, copyright chain of title, and film incentive management. She also assists television productions in negotiations with networks.
In addition, Shawnassey’s corporate practice includes corporate formation and management, employment issues, intellectual property management, commercial disputes and international business arbitration.
Shawnassey began her career as a radio announcer in 1988. She hosted radio programs, provided voiceovers and produced radio advertising until 1995, including a short period as a volunteer for the Caribbean Division of Armed Forces Radio.
Shawnassey expanded her advertising skills into the print arena, serving as the advertising director for an international specialty toy manufacturer. As part of the toy company’s product development team, she was responsible for ad design and placement, catalog development and trade show strategies.