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Arthur Sims

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390 North Orange Avenue
Suite 1400
Orlando, FL 32801
arthur.sims@nelsonmullins.com

Arthur Sims has diverse legal and business experience in the areas of general corporate, sports and entertainment, hospitality, and gaming, as well as intellectual property law and real estate development transactions. He has negotiated domestic and international multimillion-dollar licensing, distribution, production, and multimedia agreements for renowned entertainers as well as music, film, and television entities;...

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Arthur Sims has diverse legal and business experience in the areas of general corporate, sports and entertainment, hospitality, and gaming, as well as intellectual property law and real estate development transactions. He has negotiated domestic and international multimillion-dollar licensing, distribution, production, and multimedia agreements for renowned entertainers as well as music, film, and television entities; museums; and publishing companies. He has also represented a wide variety of Fortune 500 corporations, resort developers, cruise lines, casino owners, and gaming equipment manufacturers and owners in structuring and negotiating venture capital transactions, strategic alliances, franchise agreements, membership agreements, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

museums; and publishing companies. He has also represented a wide variety of Fortune 500 corporations, resort developers, cruise lines, casino owners, and gaming equipment manufacturers and owners in structuring and negotiating venture capital transactions, strategic alliances, franchise agreements, membership agreements, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Arthur Sims has diverse legal and business experience in the areas of general corporate, sports and entertainment, hospitality, and gaming, as well as intellectual property law and real estate development transactions. He has negotiated domestic and international multimillion-dollar licensing, distribution, production, and multimedia agreements for renowned entertainers as well as music, film, and television entities;... museums; and publishing companies. He has also represented a wide variety of Fortune 500 corporations, resort developers, cruise lines, casino owners, and gaming equipment manufacturers and owners in structuring and negotiating venture capital transactions, strategic alliances, franchise agreements, membership agreements, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Negotiated professional sports contracts for first-round draft picks in the National Football League as well as marketing and endorsement contracts
  • Negotiated lucrative recording, publishing, touring, production, and merchandising agreements for musicians and entertainers
  • Negotiated film and television production, finance, and option agreements
  • Negotiated museum loan agreements and visual artist agreements
  • Negotiated licensing, entertainment, and live event agreements in India, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE
  • Negotiated domestic and international agreements in the health and wellness industry (vitamins, supplements, fitness equipment, product branding, and live productions for fitness and beauty pageants)
  • Prepared patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret license agreements and advised litigation teams on proprietary rights
  • Served as arbitrator and mediator for domain name dispute issues and internet piracy
  • Served as an expert witness in hospitality and entertainment cases
  • Represented emerging and established domestic and international companies in corporate, intellectual property, product development, regulatory, and governmental matters with an emphasis on aggressive licensing and the formation, structuring, and financing of such companies

Previous Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel, regional and international law firms
  • General Counsel, Hotel Groups and Entertainment Companies

Education

  • Cornell Law School, JD (1994)
  • Morehouse College, BA, English, magna cum laude (1990)
  • University of Central Florida, further study, Hospitality Finance and Management (2002-2004)
    • Research assistant and Note Editor to Dr. Anthony “Tony” Marshall, Professor at the University of Central Florida and commentator to Hotel-Motel Management Magazine, “At Your Risk”, semi-monthly article

Admissions

  • Florida

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  • Adjunct professor, University of Central Florida Rosen School of Hospitality, Hospitality Law, Entertainment Law and Entertainment Business (2006- Present)
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