About Meehle & Jay
BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS are presented with new challenges each and every day. Every decision we make can have far-reaching impact, not only on the company, but also on the lives of our families, employees, vendors, clients, and customers—maybe even our communities. Being the owner of a business is perhaps one of the most challenging adventures we can undertake in our lives. It also can be one of the most rewarding experiences.
Successful entrepreneurs, though, know the key to growing a thriving company is in cultivating the right support team. In business, no one can afford to be an island for long. If we want to expand, we must seek out resources, counsel, and support from others.
“In the more than 20 combined years we have been in practice, Davey and I have supported hundreds of clients in our respective fields, providing legal guidance and counsel so they can make the best decisions to protect their business and legal interests,” says Suzanne Meehle, founder of Meehle & Jay. “I’ve also witnessed the consequences when a client fails to ask for help in making critical legal decisions. One of the worst mistakes a business owner or artist can make is to assume they need to know everything about everything. No one can be an expert in all things. It’s important to cultivate and rely on a team you can trust. Meehle & Jay is here to support you every step of the way.”
Meet the Team
Suzanne Meehle, Esq.
Suzanne D’Aunoy Meehle knows what it’s like to build a business based on a dream. To help pay for the costs of college in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, she turned her love of cooking into a side business; she catered small weddings and parties throughout her hometown and beyond.
After college, Suzanne started her career as a Software Systems Engineer and Database Administrator for healthcare and technology firms. She also built another small business for herself as an independent consultant, serving high-profile clients such as OrlandoJobs.com, Office Depot and VeArd Computer Research.
After working 12 years in the software industry, Suzanne decided to follow her true calling. She always told herself she would attend law school if she won the lottery. Rather than wait for fate to open the door, though, she took the initiative to open it herself. In 2003, Suzanne enrolled in Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, in Orlando, Florida. In 2006, she graduated in the top 10 of her class.
After law school, Suzanne spent more than three years at a large, multi-office law firm. In 2009, though, once again, she chose to follow her heart and, she opened her own practice.
Suzanne’s passion is helping small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. Her history with her own small businesses has been the cornerstone of her work today. She believes in helping others achieve what she has achieved: a small business that competes in a marketplace full of options.
In addition to running her full-time law practice, Suzanne teaches courses on representing small businesses at Solo Practice University, as well as writing a monthly column for the site. Suzanne also has created a free seminar series called, “Your Business Toolbox,” to help local business owners answer common questions about everything from forming and selecting business entities to business taxes and more.
Suzanne has been honored with the highest rating, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the most recognized attorney peer-review services. She is a member of The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce (Orlando Inc.). She also is a board member of Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc. and Better Business Bureau Serving Central Florida, where she serves as Board Chair for 2017.
Florida Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Board Chair, Better Business Bureau Serving Central Florida
Board Member, The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce
Member, Orlando, Inc.
Member, National Association of Women Business Owners
Board Member, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida
Chair-Elect of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the Florida Bar
Member of Women in Film and Television – Florida (WIFT-FL)
Past board member of Variety
Past board member Children’s Charity
Past board member The Center for Contemporary Dance
Davey Jay, Esq.
DAVEY JAY has been passionate about the arts for as long as she can remember. She attributes this, in part, to being named after her uncle, who was the Paintings Conservator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago. Davey spent 12 years as a ballet dancer, culminating in her final performance with the Hartford Ballet. Soon after, Davey left her hometown of Syracuse, New York and relocated to Florida.
While an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida, Davey worked in the hospitality industry, eventually being promoted to the Assistant Manager of The Cocoa Beach Pier, where she got her first opportunity to work with live music by booking bands and facilitating large-scale events and festivals drawing crowds in the thousands.
Davey may be one of the only people who decided to go to law school because she thought it would be fun. She enrolled in Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, in Orlando, Florida, where she flourished. Davey was on Law Review and a member of Moot Court, which gave her the opportunity to compete and place 9th in the National Entertainment Law Competition at Pepperdine University School of Law. Davey spent a semester a University College London in London, UK, during which time she had the opportunity to explore Europe and put to use of her knowledge of Spanish (ILR Level 3) and French (ILR Level 2). She then returned to Barry University to graduate 6th in her class.
Believing that immersion in an industry is the only way to master it, Davey has dedicated her career as an attorney to entertainment and intellectual property law concerns. She is frequently on set, in the studio, and backstage, so she knows the difference between a C-47 and signal flow. She has worked on deals with major enterprises such as HBO, Warner/Chappell, Discovery, and Sony/Columbia, to indies and startups, and has represented Oscar and Grammy winners along with artists and creatives who are just beginning to embark on their careers. No matter where a client falls on this spectrum, Davey is devoted to protecting their interests and helping them succeed.
In addition to practicing law, Davey educates others about the ins and outs of entertainment law. For over ten years, she has taught at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Her courses have included Music Copyright and Publishing, Music Law and Contract Negotiations, and, currently, Entertainment and Communications Law for the Film Production MFA degree. In addition, she teaches Continuing Legal Education classes for attorneys who practice entertainment law and frequently is an invited speaker at conferences and events such as The Network Music Conference, The Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference, and Florida A&M University College of Law: 9th Annual Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Symposium. On occasion, Davey holds free legal education events for members of the local arts and entertainment community, such as Music Law 101.
Davey is the Chair-Elect of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the Florida Bar, a member of Women in Film and Television – Florida (WIFT-FL), and is a past board member of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Florida and The Center for Contemporary Dance, both 501(c)(3) organizations. She loves coffee, Scrabble, indie rock, and crunchy leaves.