Since his undergraduate days at New York University in the early 1980’s, Nicholas Ferrara has been actively involved in the music industry. Nick cites fellow NYU classmate Jason Flom (founder of Lava Records and former CEO of Atlantic Records) as being instrumental in Nick’s initial entrée into the business.
After earning his Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School in 1986, Nick practiced entertainment law and corporate litigation for three years. On the strength of relationships dating back to his college days, in 1989, Nick joined Atlantic Record’s A&R staff. In 1992, Nick partnered with Joseph Lloyd Serling and Wayne Rooks in the new firm of Serling Rooks & Ferrara LLP. Over the next two decades, the firm grew in both size and stature becoming one of the industry’s most prominent full service music business law firms.
In 2014, Nick relocated his practice to Nashville, Tennessee. Eager to embrace new challenges, in 2015 Nick and Robert “Riff” Pisarek founded Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC.
A founding member of heavy metal icons “Overkill,” lead guitarist “Riff Thunder” dramatically altered his career path by trading in his Marshall stacks for stacks of case books and legal documents.
Recipient of a Paul W. Wildman Academic Scholarship, Robert attended Los Angeles’ Southwestern University School of Law, where his academic accomplishments earned him a seat on Law Review and a Dean’s Academic Scholarship, as well as two American Jurisprudence Awards.
Following his admittance to the California State Bar in 1992, Robert established his own entertainment law practice in Los Angeles. In 1997, he joined the Business & Legal Affairs Department of Relativity Records and its then-sister company RED Distribution. Subsequently, Robert was lured away by the offer to head up the Legal Department of Rawkus Records. Following the absorption of Rawkus into the Universal Music Group, Robert re-joined RED’s legal division. In early 2006, Robert accepted an offer to join the highly respected entertainment law firm Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob, LLP.
In 2015, Robert became a founding partner in Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC. For over two decades, Robert has been drawing upon his diverse legal background in his representation of recording artists, producers, record companies, music publishers, songwriters, personal managers, production companies and other entities and individuals in the entertainment industry.
Meredith Edwards Collins joined Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates PLLC in the Spring of 2016. As a former major-label recording artist, and an avid music consumer, Meredith has always had a strong desire to maintain a career in the music industry.
After releasing her full-length solo album on Mercury, Meredith enrolled at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in History and Political Science. She spent a summer volunteering at an orphanage in the Volta Region of Ghana (West Africa) before enrolling at the University of Mississippi, where she earned a juris doctorate with honors in 2009.
Prior to joining Nicholas C. Ferrara & Associates, Meredith practiced corporate/transactional and entertainment law at Bass Berry & Sims PLC and Adams and Reese LLP, respectively. She enjoys creating opportunities and cultivating relationships. She represents content creators, as well as management companies, production companies and publishing companies.