DINA LAPOLT, 51
Founder/owner, LaPolt Law
Last Year’s Rank: New
LEGAL EAGLE: A relentless advocate for creators’ rights, the New York-raised, West Hollywood-based attorney is as formidable in Washington, D.C., as she is in the entertainment industry, where she has helped build the businesses of Fifth Harmony, Britney Spears, deadmau5, Steven Tyler, Tinashe and others. But it’s her fight to overturn “archaic, 100-year-old” copyright laws with a suit against the Department of Justice, and the introduction of the Music Modernization Act, that fires her up.
SCHOOLING THE INDUSTRY: Her long-running course at the University of California Los Angeles, “Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business,” attracts a standing-room crowd of seasoned executives and industry newcomers. “If an artist has to tour 10 months a year to have cash flow, the system is broken,” she says.