Melinda Morris Zanoni, Esq. is the Managing Member of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group, and also is the CEO of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, a talent management company in Charlotte, NC and Malibu, CA. Melinda is the Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Charlotte School of Law.
Melinda's primary areas of practice are entertainment and sports law with an emphasis on advising and managing the business and legal affairs of celebrities, athletes, race teams, musicians, authors, actors, and entertainment companies. She has led transactions such as endorsements, Fortune 500 sponsorships, licensing deals, publishing and recording deals, as well as serving as production counsel for feature length films and television shows. Melinda has participated in the negotiating, structuring, and closing a variety of transactions valued in excess of $21 billion.
Lauri Eberhart is a Founding Member of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group.
Lauri was formerly the General Counsel and VP Communications of Speedway Motorsports (NYSE: TRK) and Executive Vice President of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
While at Speedway Motorsports and Charlotte Motor Speedway, Lauri participated in capital raising and acquisitions valued in excess of $5 billion. Lauri has also held the positions of EVP and GM of Speedway Benefits and Director of Sales for NASCAR Hall of Fame. Lauri was awarded the 2007 Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year Award, the 2004 the Business North Carolina Legal Elite Award, and previously the Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Award. Lauri is a Board Member of the NC Motorsports Association and the NC Motorsports Foundation, and a past Board Member of the NCBA Sports and Entertainment Counsel, and TRAC (The Racing Attorney's Conference). She frequently speaks on topics such as "Sponsorship Agreements in NASCAR". She is a guest host on WBT-AM 1110 "The Keith Larson Show" and is a legal columnist for National Speed Sport News. She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Transactions at Charlotte School of Law. Lauri received her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law where she co-founded the Sports and Entertainment Law Association. Lauri represents a variety of sports clients including racecar drivers, sports properties and facilities, entrepreneurs, and media personalities.
Mary Gamble, Esq. earned her joint JD/MBA from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut with honors in 2010. During law school Mary studied at the University of Florence in Italy. She led the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for three years, and was involved in the Society for Dispute Resolution, earning a Certificate in Mediation and coaching both the 2008 ABA National Representation in Mediation National Championship team and the 2010 National Finalist team. Mary was also very involved in the academic community, helping to bring the first Relay for Life to Quinnipiac and participating in the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Prior to Law and MBA school, Mary graduated from Clemson University with a BA in 2006, Cum Laude and was on the Dean's List for all four years. While at Clemson, Mary played and coached Clemson's club women's lacrosse team.
Lance White, Esq. primary practice is intellectual property as pertains to the firm's sports and entertainment clients. Prior to Apollo, Lance worked with US Sports Management Inc., where he protected, managed and obtained intellectual property rights for NFL and other professional athletes, worked in compliance for NCAA, NFL, and NFLPA, and managed endorsement events. Lance also worked for Edison Nation Inc., where he evaluated intellectual property of inventors, prepared IP assignments and licenses, and filed for trademark protection. Lance attended Charlotte School of Law where he earned his JD Cum Laude graduating in the top 10% of the class and served as a Board member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Prior to law school, Lance graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a BA in 2007, where he was on the Dean's list for all four years. While in college, Lance was the captain of the varsity football team.
Ashley graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina where she majored in Public Relations. While in school, Ashley did several internships in New York City including one with Indulgence Public Relations where she developed creative marketing campaigns, coordinated events with celebrities, publicist, and agents, and analyzed media coverage of industry trends. Continuing her passion of working in the entertainment industry she joined the Apollo team as legal assistant and public relations manager.