Ellis Jay Pailet, Esq.

Ellis Pailet is a New Orleans attorney and Partner of The Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Group of Pailet & Ostendorf, LLP. Mr. Pailet has handled entertainment and intellectual property law for over thirty years. Mr. Pailet has represented outstanding internationally known clients; including Artists & Entertainers, songwriters, film & television producers, screenwriters & directors. Pailet was an Associate Producer for HBO and Cinemax television specials as well as the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

Over the years, Ellis has represented artists throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, South America (Brazil) and including various Festival Organizations and Renown Club Venues such as The Bourbon Street Club in Sao Paulo Brazil, who have over the years hosted such global artists as B.B. King. Pailet was also a participant in the American Film Market Association and the American Film Festival. His high profile in entertainment marketing has provided access and opportunity to have produced and participated in numerous Louisiana Music & Cultural Festivals and Fairs. Currently, among other things, Mr. Pailet is representing an entertainment-focused video game technology company in intellectual property and business affair matters and obtaining digital media tax credits through the State of Louisiana.

Ellis Pailet’s extensive experience has also included being an Academic Proponent, teacher, professor and lecturer of numerous courses of study at University of New Orleans (LSU system), dealing with “Music Business Overview and Application.” Pailet has also lectured at the Tulane School of Law, Southern University Law Center, and Loyola Law School. He has been a featured speaker on numerous governors, mayors and other conferences and panels on musical entertainment throughout Louisiana and around the United States. He is also member in good standing of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, American Judicature Society, and the Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers Association.


  • Davell Crawford - Jazz & R&B Artist
  • Irma Thomas - Grammy Award Winner R&B Artist
  • Carlos Stephens - Hip-Hop/Rap Producer: Snoop Dog, Master P, Lil Romeo
  • Charmaine Neville - R&B Artist - Daughter of Charles Neville - Legendary Music
  • Family of New Orleans - and Member of The Neville Brothers.
  • Rockin Dopsie - Cajun ZYDECO Legend / Grammy Award Winner / Collaborative Project - Paul Simon - “Graceland Album” - Atlantic Records
  • Woody Herman - Big Band Leader
  • Marva Wright - International Blues Artist (Deceased)
  • Doug Kershaw - Legendary Cajun Artist - Known as Greatest Fiddle Player in The World
  • C.J.Chenier - Cajun/Zydeco & Blues Legend
  • “YASMIN” - Brazilian Female POP Artist; Current Album Climbing Brazil Radio Charts.
  • AVA Simons - The Netherlands, Germany & EU-EMI-Recording Artist Top 5 Euro Pop-Chart 2010 - POP-Hip/Hop-R&B Artist - Winner European POP Idols-Competition
  • Kristi Warner - Emerging Female Country Artist Nashville
  • Welcome2TheFamily - Brazilian Contemporary Rock Band - Sao Paulo/Rio
  • NAVARONE - European Rock Band - Rapidly emerging with major European acclaim.
  • Jackson Nance - MadJack Rock Band - 11 1/2 year old lead singer & prodigy rock artist

    … Among numerous others, domestic USA & internationally


  • University of New Orleans - Taught Grad-level course: “Overview: The Business of Music”
  • Loyola University Law School - New Orleans; Conducted numerous Lectures and Seminars over past 25 years, specifically on Music & Entertainment Law
  • Tulane University Law School - New Orleans; Lectured in series of Music Law Entertainment Law Seminars
  • Southern University Law Center - Louisiana; Lecture Series - “The Business of Music Law”
  • University of Southwestern LA - USL University (Lafayette, LA)
  • Nevada Bar Association: Las Vegas, NV - Lectured on “Music in Film” 1996-2005
  • Montreal Music Commission / Montreal Jazz Festival - Montreal Canada; 1995-1998 - Conducted Lecture on Music & Entertainment Law


  • Former Co-Chairman of Louisiana Music Commission
  • Past & Current Member of Louisiana Film Commission Since 1987
  • Chairman of the Governors Conference on Music - 1990-New Orleans LA
  • Music Business Institute - “The Cutting Edge Series” - Lectured for 10 years on Music & Entertainment Law  (Including 2007)
  • Mayors Music Conference - New Orleans Various years from 1985 thru 2008
  • The Atlantis Music Conference - Atlanta, GA Sept-19/22/2007-2009 - Lecture on “Business of Music Law”, and various components.


  • Asoc-Producer: HBO-Cinemax Cable Entertainment Special:
    • “Sass & Brass” - Featuring Sara Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Mangione, Herbie Hancock & Al Hirt.
  • Network Television/Broadcast/Cable Entertainment Specials:
    • HBO SPECIAL ~ “Fats & Friends”   - Featuring; Fats Domino and Guests - Ray Charles, Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Shaffer (David Letterman Show Band Director)
    • Woody Herman & Friends: TV Entertainment Variety Special: featuring: example:  Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Rita Coolidge, Paul Williams, Jack Jones, Al Hirt, Lola Falana
    • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans LA - Since 1987, Ellis Pailet has performed services as legal liaison, Artist Marketing & Networking consultant; and Legal & Managerial Representation of numerous Performing Artists at the Festival.


  • Joel Katz: Greenburg-Traurig Law, Atlanta GA - Chairman, Global Entertainment: Pre-Eminent Entertainment Attorney -
  • John Faggot: Sr. V.P.-Director, New Business Development - Radio & Records - Previous Exec. V.P. CAPITOL Records - Los Angeles CA, Disney’s Hollywood Records, and executive with Clear Channel Radio (the largest owner of radio stations in the U.S.)
  • Quint Davis -  CEO/Co-Owner-Producer - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Productions
  • Paul Baker - President Co-Chairman / Co-Founder - BWR-Baker/Winokur/Ryder Public Relations (Beverly Hills CA & New York/NewYork)  B/W/R is a premier, international entertainment industry - PR and marketing group.
  • Johathan McHugh - Former Exec. w/Zomba Publishing & SONY/Jive Records, and now Consultant to them, as well as Consultant to Evergreen Publishing, etc.
  • Lou Nathan - National Multimedia - new entertainment conglomerate venture including a play based on life & times of “Liberace”
  • Michael Barackman -  A&R Executive - Various Label Groups including ARISTA Records 
  • Allen Jacobi - Exec. Distribution Liaison through Fontana/Universal Distribution
  • Lou Lofredo/K-Tel Music, New York, One of the Largest Independent Music Producer/Distributor Groups in the world.  Represents various TV and DVD projects in USA & Foreign Markets.  Includes downloads for iTunes, Microsoft, and their foreign equivalents.
  • Paul Shefrin - Director of Public Relations - Dick Clark Productions - Burbank CA - PR for the American Music Awards and all Clark Entertainment Properties; Former Press-Agent for Gary Shandling & Jerry Seinfeld
  • Ahmet Ertegan - (Deceased) Founder/Chairman - Atlantic Records - New York - 20-plus year personal & professional relationship.
  • Jim Foglesong - Retired / President Emeritus of - Capitol Records-Nashville, President MCA Nashville, Dot Records-Nashville - Member of Country Music Hall of Fame, Grammy Recipient Lifetime Achievement Award, Two-Time President of The CMA-County Music Association-Nashville
  • Harry Warner - V.P. - BMI Nashville, (Retired) Former Manager - Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed.
  • Patrick Clifford - V.P. - Director of A&R - Ten-Ten Music  -  Nashville TN
  • Clyde Bright; Gen. Partner- Collinsworth-Bright & Company - Artist & Entertainer Financial Mgrs: CPA/ABV/CVA/CBM  - Music & Publishing Industry Specialists - Nashville TN


  • Taylor Hackford:   Multiple-Academy Award Winning, Grammy Winner, Internationally Acclaimed - Motion Picture / Television / Video Producer and Director.  Academy Award Winning Director for  “An Officer and a Gentleman” and an Academy Award Nomination for the movie “Ray” starring Jaime Fox-Academy Award Winner-Best Actor, and  produced and directed a multitude of MAJOR Feature Films, documentaries and television shows and series.
  • Mark James; Producer/Writer - Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds: Willie Nelson: “You Were Always On My Mind”  Moody/Blues, etc (various other - Discography)
  • ELICIT Productions - Beverly Hills CA - Rob Hoffman & Heather Holly; Producers/Writers for Christina Aguilera; were instrumental in Aguilera’s signing with RCA. Discography includes Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Sting, etc.
  • Mark Prentice - Nashville -  Grammy Award Winning Producer; Song-Writer, Band Leader-AAA-List Session Musician:  Industry Resume` and Artists, include:  Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, Michael McDonald, Elvis Costello, John Fogarty, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Grant, Charley Pride, Steve Earle, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Bruce Hornsby, Felix Cavaliere & The Young Rascals Pat Boone The Fairfield Four, Patti Page, , Bruce Cockburn, Bo Diddley.   Songwriting credits include Sara Evans, Rockie Lynne, the Raphaels (Stuart Adamson), Kate Wallace, and Cliff Sarde.
  • Carlos Stephens - Producer/Writer: Sold over 75 Million records; Produced Hip-Hop & Rap Artists Snoop Dog, MasterP, Lil Romeo, Mystical
  • John Shainer - Acclaimed Motion Picture Screen Writer/Actor & Screenwriters Workshop.
  • John Anderson - Acclaimed Producer / Screenwriter / Director / Motion Pictures/Feature Film: Recently involved with film project with Burt Reynolds.
  • Gary Saslaw, Producer, Writer, Director:  movie “What Comes Around”.  Co-Producer - George Lucas. 
  • Matthew Dickens: Performance Choreographer, Director and Screenwriter: Note worthy clients include; BEYONCE, Shakira, USHER, Nelly, among others.
  • Terry Bixler: New World Dance; Studio City CA: Choreographer for Janet Jackson; Rhythm Nation Tour & Album - The Velvet Rope
  • Blaine Kern: Mr. Mardi Gras, and Halloween Parades
  • Quint Davis: Festival Productions and Jazz & Heritage Festival Producer


  • Numerous European & International Music Festivals -1987 thru 2001 >  i.e.  the Following:  The North Sea Jazz Festival The Netherlands, Glastonbury Music Festival-UK,  Sao Paulo Jazz Festival-Bourbon Street Jazz Festival-Sao Paulo Brazil,   COGNAC Jazz Festival-Cognac France, Montreux Jazz Festival  & The Paelo Festival - Montreux Switzerland, Belgium Blues Festival-Brugge Stadium/Brussels, Antilliaanse Feesten-Hoogstraten Belgium,  Rosklide Festival-Denmark, Stuttgart Music Festival-Stuttgart Germany, The Amersfoort Jazz Festival-The Netherlands, Big Sky Country Festival-Fukuoka Japan.  Also attended festivals in Sweden, Italy Finland, and China.
  • NATPE (National Assn .of Television Programming Executives) Las Vegas & New Orleans - Participant for over 12 years:  Attended as a Producer, Promoter, Lecturer, and Entertainment Marketing Consultant- beginning in 1999 and thru 2006.
  • American Film Market Association Festival: Entertainment Law Consultant - Los Angeles CA - 1997 & 2003 AFMA ~
  • MIDEM Music Conference - Cannes, France: Lectured on International Music Law over a 11 year period from 1989 thru 2001 / 1990 and 1999/Served as Entertainment Director & Official Music Representative for Louisiana and City of New Orleans.