Chair of the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law (EASL) Section of the Florida Bar
Orange County Bar Association
Member of Women in Film and Television – Florida (WIFT-FL)
Past board member of Variety, the 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 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.