• Melinda is the Managing Member of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group and splits her time between Charlotte, NC and Los Angeles, CA.

    Melinda's primary areas of practice are Entertainment, Sports, and Media Law with an emphasis on advising and managing the business and legal affairs of celebrities, athletes, race teams, music labels, authors, actors, and entertainment and media companies. Some of the most well-known names in entertainment & sports have trusted her with their brands. Melinda has participated in transactions valued in excess of $21 Billion.

    Melinda is a member of Women Executives, sits on the Film Board of CRP, IL State Bar, and is a NCBA Sports & Entertainment Section Council Member. She is a frequent TV commentator on various Entertainment, Sports & Media Law current topics. Melinda was featured with a solo cover in "Women with Know How" magazine, most Stylish Recipient and feature with Carolina Style Magazine, and featured in the Sports Business Journal in 2020. 

     

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  • Lauri is a Founding Member of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group.

    Lauri's primary areas of practice are sports and entertainment law with a concentration on advising a variety of sports clients on legal matters, business matters, and risk management. Her clients include sports facilities, motorsports properties, sanctioning bodies, race teams, media companies, entrepreneurs, and athletes. Lauri was general counsel of Speedway Motorsports and Charlotte Motor Speedway for over 12 years, including during the pedestrian walkway collapse at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She also advised on capital raising and corporate transactions valued in excess of $5 billion. She has been awarded the 2007 Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year Award, 2004 Business North Carolina Legal Elite Award, and the Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Award.

    Lauri currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Motorsports Association and North Carolina Motorsports Foundation, the May 20th Society and Mecklenburg Trail of History. She is also a World Racing Group (WRG) Appeal Board Chairperson, a FASTRAK Appeal Board Member, and the Co-President of the Women in Sports and Events (WISE)- Charlotte Chapter. She earned her law degree from Wake Forest University where she co-founded the Sports and Entertainment Law Association and is a Cum Laude graduate of Cedar Crest College. She is also a self-professed history geek.

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  • Lance White, Esq.
    Attorney
    Licensed in NC
    lance@apollogrouplaw.com

    Lance's 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.

  • Arthur Kalos
    Attorney
    artie@apollogrouplaw.com

    Artie’s primary areas or practice are business/corporate organization and management, with a wealth of experience and knowledge from over 21 years in the sports and entertainment industry, particularly in motorsports and college sports.  Prior to joining Apollo as Of Counsel, Artie was VP of Business Affairs for the Race Team Alliance for six years, after two years in college sports as Associate General Counsel for IMG College.  Artie’s auto racing career also involved various industry players and encompassed a wide range of legal and business work in the fields of sponsorship and licensing, employment, intellectual property, multi-media, mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions.  Artie has been General Counsel for various race teams (Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Red Bull Racing), and prior to that worked for NASCAR as Licensing and Sponsorship Counsel.  He is a graduate of Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and Suffolk University Law School (Boston, MA).

  • 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.

  • Jorge Jaimes Benitez
    Accounting Assistant/ Executive Assistant
    Jorge@apollogrouplaw.com

    Jorge earned his BA from East Carolina University in 2019 and M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2020. While at East Carolina he served as Vice President of ECU Ambassadors and President of Suavemente Latin Dance Group. Prior to college, Jorge attended Rowan County Early College High School where he was an Honor Roll student and Valedictorian of his graduating class. Working in law offices since he was 18 and being fluent in Spanish, Jorge joins the Apollo team as an Executive Assistant and Accounting Assistant with hopes of earning a J.D. in Sports & Entertainment Law in the future.