2020 NacFilmFest - Dave Brichler

Dave Brichler

Dave Brichler is currently a Corporate Paralegal for the firm, Foley & Lardner LLP, working since 2017 alongside his longtime colleague, Larry Waks, in the firm’s Austin office.  Specializing in entertainment law and copyright and trademark matters based on his music business history, Dave has expanded his legal knowledge working with Larry in mergers and acquisitions, food and beverage distribution, due diligence, corporate setups and litigation.

Prior to his Paralegal career, Dave worked in Austin under the leadership of legendary manager, record producer and music publisher, Bill Ham, from 1990 to 2016 as Director of Operations and Marketing for Lone Wolf Management Company and affiliated companies, Lone Wolf Productions, Lone Wolf Films, Hamstein Cumberland Music Publishing and Wolftracks Music Publishing.  Wearing many hats, Dave performed such diverse duties as handling business and legal affairs for clients and companies, copyright and trademark matters, music and merchandise licensing, tour management and radio promotion.  Clients over the years included ZZ TOP, Clint Black, Jerry Lynn Williams, Paul Rodgers & Kenney Jones, Point Blank, Eric Johnson, Pushmonkey and Del Castillo.

Aspects of the film business have always been a part of Dave’s music business career, including working with The Great Southern Company of Macon, Georgia, which manufactured and distributed licensed music, film, and entertainment merchandise.  Dave handled property acquisitions, creative & product development, and sales through various channels of the retail industry.  In addition to merchandising bands such as Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi and U2, the company was a leader in bringing film, television, and other entertainment properties such as “Batman”, “Nightmare on Elm Street”, and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” to new levels of the retail merchandising trade, including department, gift, record and video store chains and independents.

Dave graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism, and he attended Sharpstown High School in Houston.  He has served the entertainment community with board tenures at the Texas Chapter of NARAS/The Grammy Awards, the Austin Music Foundation, the City of Austin Music Commission, the Texas Music Association, and the City of Austin Chamber of Commerce Music Industry Task Force.