Ryan Kairalla is a lawyer, writer, podcaster, and teacher. He advises clients in the music industry on a wide range of entertainment and business matters including recording agreements, publishing agreements, management agreements, music licensing, media appearances, live performances, entertainment litigation, copyright and trademark counseling, and corporate matters. He has represented chart-topping hitmakers and up-and-coming musicians alike.
Ryan focuses much of his practice on advising independent musicians on their legal and business issues. His work as an “indie music lawyer” also extends to his writing and podcasting. His new book Break the Business: Declaring Your Independence and Achieving True Success in the Music Industry shines a light on the pitfalls that arise from record label contracts, and provides artists with helpful guidance on achieving music industry success on their own terms. He also hosts the Break the Business Podcast, a weekly discussion of entertainment law, independent music, and popular culture.
Ryan is a graduate of New York University School of Law where he received the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for Excellence in Entertainment Law. He is also a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Business. He is licensed to practice in Florida, New York, and California.
Ryan lives in Miami, Florida.