Lawyer, Writer, Speaker and founder of J.A. Williams Law and Artist Empowerment
Jo-Ná’s life in empowerment began 15 years ago as background vocalist for independent artists and it took a fortuitous turn when she was not credited or compensated for her work. As a result, she committed her life to educating and protecting artists and entrepreneurs through her work as a lawyer and business advisor for to provide protection and education for people with world-changing brands.
She founded J.A. Williams Law P.C. – The Artist Empowerment Firm in 2011 to provide artists and with ways to successfully navigate their careers in the entertainment industry and provide assistance with entertainment, business and intellectual property matters. She is dedicated to issues regarding the rights of artists because she believes they are a population highly vulnerable to exploitation without proper knowledge. She founded Artist Empowerment International in 2013 to advise musicians on business, branding and marketing. Some of her artists have topped been nominated for Grammys, U.K. Soul and Pop Charts, Amazon and ITunes Top Soul Album Charts and received local and International acclaim.
She’s been featured in Marie TV, Black Enterprise, YFS Magazine, The Vocalist Magazine, Women In Music, Cyber PR, Harlem Trends, Sonic Eclectic and Artist’s First Radio. She also was named “Alumni Innovator” by Suffolk University’s Institute of Law Practice Technology and Innovation. She has written several articles in entertainment publications including the ReverbNation, CD Baby, Women In Music, Artistpreneurs.com, ABA’s intellectual property magazine, Landslide and The New York State Bar Association’s, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal. She was also one of editors of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, 1st edition. She has previously conducted webinars on legal business structures, trademark law, and artist branding for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice law in New York.