There's no time
for mistakes,
only time for the right decisions.

Founded by Thomas Valentino, entertainment lawyer and entrepreneur, we are first and foremost knowledgeable and experienced advisors with a network of experienced and highly skilled attorneys in the entertainment and media industries. Prior to founding The Counsel, Thomas Valentino worked with talent at top level management companies and entertainment law firms. He was an agent affiliated with the Screen Actors Guild, ran various production studios and publishing companies, and toured North America with renowned musical artists before accepting a top level position in performing rights at Broadcast Music Incorporated. It is this broad range of experience that distinguishes The Counsel from other firms that have followed a more traditional path.

In these capacities, Thomas has worked on teams that guided the careers of Mariah Carey, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Alanis Morissette, Dennis Leary and Seal. His clients include or have included teen media personality Zach Sang, Songza Social Radio, Simmons Design Group-Russell Simmons, Kid Rock, Leon Russell, Jose Feliciano, Uncle Kracker, Big & Rich, TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research, PEOPLE.com, Time, Inc, JT Harding, Ty Stone and Gretchen Wilson. This client portfolio has generated over $1B and consists of award winners and inductees of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Songwriter's Hall of Fame, Council of Fashion Designers and Cancer Research Institute.

The Counsel, PLLC is involved in many charitable and philanthropic causes including the Paley Center for Media, Public Television (PBS, Channels THIRTEEN and WLIW) and The TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research. Thomas has chaired various committees and has distinguished himself as an avid fundraiser, spearheading efforts to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes.