Dina LaPolt Wins First-Ever Billboard Top Music Lawyers’ Choice Award


After nearly 1,000 votes cast over three rounds of voting, Billboard Pro members selected Dina LaPolt, founder and owner of LaPolt Law, for the 2024 Top Music Lawyers Power Players’ Choice Award, which honors the attorney they believe had the most impact across the industry in the past year.
With multiple industry roles — on the executive boards of Songwriters of North America; the Black Music Action Coalition; City of Hope’s Music, Film & Entertainment Industry Group; the Grammy Awards’ Entertainment Law Initiative Executive Committee; and others — LaPolt’s impact extends far beyond representing her A-list clients like Cardi B, Mary J. Blige and 21 Savage. A staunch advocate for creators’ rights, as well as gender and racial parity, LaPolt has built influence rallying her extensive network behind common causes. Her current focuses include AI, a federal right of publicity and banning the use of rap lyrics in criminal trials.
“Receiving Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers Power Players’ Choice Award is the most prestigious honor I’ve ever received because I have been selected by my peers,” LaPolt says. “When I got sober almost 26 years ago, I would have never dreamed that this would have even been possible. I am so grateful that I am able to be of service and help so many people in our industry. I am really touched. This means so much to me.”
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In addition to Top Music Lawyers, the Power Players’ Choice Awards in 2024 will again include country, Latin and R&B/hip-hop genre awards and expand to cover International Power Players.
This story originally appeared in the March 30, 2024, issue of Billboard.


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