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Dani Oliva

Attorney,
Dani Oliva Music Consulting + Oliva Law Group, P.C.
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dani’s passion for music and entertainment developed at a very young age. Dani grew up in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and loves his Canadian roots.

As a young transgender person, Dani had trouble finding his place in the world. In his teens, he discovered the Toronto entertainment scene. He read the liner notes of his favorite records, attending art exhibitions and punk concerts at The Big Bop, discovered Wavelength music, found community at The Beaver and Glad Day Bookshop, read zines, participated in marketing efforts for labels like Sub Pop and Fat Wreck Chords, and learned firsthand how art can change a person’s life.

The artistic and creative world helped him find himself and his purpose: helping creative people navigate business, break down boundaries, and create art.

In 2004, Dani founded a music award show, showcase series, and networking event for independent musicians called the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA). The TIMA is a coveted award, won by independent musicians who have gone on to sign with major and independent labels, top charts, secure major motion picture placement, and win Juno awards. Winners include: The Beaches (Universal/Island Records), Dilly Dally (Partisan/Buzz), KAI (Warner Music Canada), Allan Rayman, MONOWHALES, and many more. TIMA has been hosted by Josie Dye, Sean Ward, Sabrina Jalees, and AJ Fry.

After graduating from the University of Toronto, where he studied English Literature and Art History, Dani moved to Los Angeles to attend law school. While in law school, Dani mentored and managed artists including Carole Pope of double-platinum, four-time certified gold band Rough Trade and Sumo Cyco fronted by Juno-nominee Skye Sweetnam. He wrote about music for The Huffington Post and was a legal extern at Live Nation in Beverly Hills.

With legal knowledge now in his pocket and a knack for business, Dani could actualize his dream of creating his own law practice and music consulting firm to further assist artists and musicians.

Dani founded Oliva Law Group, P.C. in 2017 and since has worked through business, legal, and administrative issues with his clients, while also providing music consulting services. Dani has assisted clients with matters including, but not limited to royalty disputes, unlawful use of name and likeness matters, breach of contract claims, copyright infringement, as well as band partnership agreements, management agreements, publishing agreements, producer agreements, label agreements, endorsement deals, visa applications, business formation, and brand protection.

Dani is also Of Counsel for Thomson Ollunga LLP, Music & Entertainment Lawyers in Toronto and New York.

In March 2020, Dani co-founded a nonprofit entitled Motion Creative with Jess Furman, Livia Piomelli and Nick Gross. Motion Creative supports programming in the arts for underserved communities and hosts music writing camps, showcases, and panels.

More than anything else, Dani’s goal is to help clients define their goals, find the resources they need, overcome boundaries and obstacles, and actualize their version of success.

When he’s not in the office, you can find Dani organizing and attending queer events for nonprofit and LGBTQ+ organizations, practicing mindfulness and yoga, and in the crowd at concerts.