About Stacey

EDUCATION AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Stacey graduated with honors from Michigan State University where she received a degree in Business Administration.  She received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.  At the University of Connecticut School of Law, Stacey was the Editor-in-Chief and Information Technology Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law.  She was the recipient of the Honorable James M. Higgins Award and the Joseph Glick Prize for Excellence in International Law. 


Stacey practiced for over a decade at one of the country’s top law firms before opening her own firm. Stacey has been named Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal, Rising Star by Alabama SuperLawyers in Entertainment Law (2011-2015) and a Mid-South Rising Star by SuperLaywers (2016-2019), “Best of the Bar” in Entertainment Law by the Birmingham Business Journal, a Top Female Attorney by B-Metro Magazine (2015-2019), and named by Birmingham Magazine as one of “Birmingham’s Top Attorney’s in Entertainment Law (2009, 2012-13, 2015-19). Stacey was the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (Birmingham, Alabama) in 2012.


In 2009, the Alabama State Bar appointed Stacey to be Chair of a Task Force to study the creation of an Entertainment and Sports Law section.  In 2010, the Intellectual Property Section expanded to become the Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section. Stacey chaired the Section in 2012 and 2013 and served as the Editor of the Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section Newsletter during that time. 

INTERESTS

In addition to practicing law, Stacey is an award winning screenwriter, director and producer.  She made her directorial debut in 2019 with her dramedy short CHERRY (starring Virginia Newcomb, DEATH OF DICK LONG, Sundance 2019) and her short documentary PIE IN THE PUSS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF PIEING IN FILM, with past screenings at DC Shorts, Edmonton International Film Festival, BendFilm and Cucalorus Festival.  Her debut film, THE SIBLING CODE (wrote/produced), screened at nearly a dozen festivals, including Nantucket Film Festival, BendFilm Festival and Cucalorus Film Festival.  The comedy stars Amy Okuda (ATYPCIAL), Jonathan Lisecki (GAYBY) and Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and was directed by former Sundance Film Festival programmer, Roberta Marie Munroe. 


Davis’ most recent script, the political drama, THE PARTY, is in development with producers Ash Christian and Anne Clements (MILES, PAPER SPIDERS). Her screwball comedy BURYING THE LEAD won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Broad Humor Film Festival, and she has placed in the following competitions: Nicholl Fellowship; Page (Top 25 in Comedy) and Austin Film Festival. She has participated in Squaw Valley’s Screenwriting Conference, the Stowe Story Labs’ Narrative Lab as well as its Writer’s Retreat program. 


She’s executive produced over a half-dozen films, including  SWORD OF TRUST (SXSW, dir. Lynn Shelton; starring Marc Maron), LITTLE SISTER (SXSW, written/directed by Zach Clark, starring Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy and Peter Hedges, and named by “The New Yorker” as the best film of 2016); 1985 (SXSW, written/directed by Yen Tan, starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis), THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY (starring Robyn Lively and Shanola Hampton) and SOCIAL ANIMALS (starring Noel Wells, Samira Wiley and Josh Radnor).


Stacey lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two sons.  

ASSOCIATIONS

Stacey has served as a Board Member/Officer for the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema (The Sidewalk Film Festival) for over ten years and is the immediate past-President of the organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Stowe Story Labs. Stacey is a former board member of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Birmingham Festival Theatre.

Speaking Engagements

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Ask Stacey to Speak

To invite Stacey to speak at an upcoming event, please contact her at sdavis@staceydavislaw.com


Past Events

Juror - Narrative features and documentaries, Fairhope Film Festival - November 2019


Documentaries and Mockumentaries - November 2019

Panelist, along with Lauren Musgrove, Tamika Moore, Pandora Heathcoe, Stephen Savage and Paige Klone 

Sponsor: Fairhope Film Festival


IndieWomen Producing IndieFilm w/ Christine Vachon - October 2019

Panelist, along with Aimee Lynn Barneburg (Clementine), Alex Creswick (The Blackout) and Catherine Rierson (Mossville: When Great Trees Fall)

Moderated by Christine Vachon (Carol)

Sponsor: BendFilm


WeTalk Season 2 Episode 7: There's a New Boycott in Town - August 2019

Panelist, along with Melodie Sisk  (producer, actress and director) and Molly Coffee (director and Creative Director of Film Impact Georgia)  

Moderated by Ondi Timoner


Juror, Sidewrite Screenwriting Competition, Sidewalk Film Festival - August 2018


International Film Sales – July 2018

Moderator, Sidewalk Salon, Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema


Juror, Narrative features, Azalea Film Festival - November 2016


Film Fatales: Women in Film – October 8, 2016
Panelist, along with Allison Otto (producer/director, Property), Dawn Jones Redstone  (writer/director, Sista in the Brotherhood), Lila Yanow (producer, Cotton Mouth). Moderated by Maggie Renzie, Sponsor: BendFilm Festival


Workshop: Business and Entertainment Law – April 9, 2016 Panelist
Sponsor: 2016 Sports & Entertainment Industry Symposium


Entertainment Law: The Basics – March 9, 2016
Guest Lecturer
Sponsor: University of Alabama School of Law


Q & A with Stacey – March 9, 2016
Guest Speaker
Sponsor: University of Alabama School of Law, Entertainment and Sports Law Society


Ask An Entertainment Lawyer – January 20, 2016
Presenter
Sponsor: New Mavericks, Atlanta Film Society @ Java Vino


Crowdfunding (Sidewalk Salon) – October 2015
Panelist
Sponsor: Alabama Moving Image Association


Just Do It – August 2015
Panelist, SideTalks, 17th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival


Copyright or Wrong: Fair Use in a Digital World – November 14, 2014
Panelist
Sponsor: American Advertising Federation – Birmingham


Documentary Filmmaking and the Law – August 23, 2014
Panelist, SideTalks, 16th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival


“Ten Tips for Employers Operating in Cyberspace” – September 2013
Panelist, Labor & Employment Breakfast Briefing
Sponsor: Baker Donelson
Summary: Use of social media in hiring, employee’s right to privacy, terms and conditions/privacy policies, posting and linking to third- party content.


“Indie Filmmaking and the Law”  – August 2013
Panelist, SideTalks, 15th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival
Summary: Tips every independent filmmaker should know when producing their first feature.


“Elvis Has Left the Building But His Right of Publicity Has Not” – July 2013
Panel Moderator, Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the ASB
Summary: Right of publicity under Alabama law, including statutory protections, common law rights, post-mortem rights, infringement and defenses.


“Film Adaptations” – April 2013
Panel Moderator, Sidewalk Salon
Sponsor: Alabama Moving Image Association
Summary: Writer John Marc Green, along with Birmingham entertainment attorney and writer, Stacey Davis, discussed adapting existing material (books, plays, songs) into screenplays and films.


Alabama Entertainment Lawyer Overview – October 2012
Guest Speaker, Entertainment and Sports Law Society (Cumberland School of Law)
Summary: With an active group of listeners, discussed the myriad of legal issues facing an entertainment lawyer on any given day, include copyright infringement, contract negotiation, collaborating with accountants on film finance and state tax incentive issues.


“What to Do When the Majors Don’t Come Knocking” – August 2012
Panel Moderator, 4th Annual Film and Music in Alabama CLE
Sponsor: Sidewalk Film Festival, the IPE&S Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: Learn what to do (and what not to do) when raising funds through crowd funding, investment, state tax incentives and other common fundraising vehicles.


4th Annual Film and Music in Alabama CLE – August 2012
Organizer and Welcome Introductions
Sponsored: Sidewalk Film Festival, the IPE&S Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: An inside look at the entertainment and intellectual property law issues facing the film and music industries in Alabama.


Entertainment Law in Louisiana Seminar – April 2012
Guest Speaker
Sponsored by: New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC)and Loyola University College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society


“Lights, Camera, (Legal) Action” – April 2012
Panelist, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sponsor: Baker Donelson
Summary: Key legal issues relating to developing, producing and distributing a motion picture.


3rd Annual Film and Music in Alabama CLE – April 2011
Organizer and Welcome Introductions
Sponsor: Sidewalk Film Festival, the IPE&S Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: An inside look at the entertainment and intellectual property law issues facing the film and music industries in Alabama.


“Intellectual Property Overview” – July 2011
Panelist, Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting
Sponsor: Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the ASB
Summary: Overview of copyright law, trademark law, trade secrets and patents.


“From Page to Screen” – September 2010
Panel Moderator, 2nd Annual Film and Music in Alabama CLE
Sponsor: Sidewalk Film Festival, the IPE&S Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: Tips on negotiating literary publishing agreements, film option and purchase agreements and life story rights agreements.


2nd Annual Film and Music in Alabama CLE – September 2010
Organizer and Welcome Introductions
Sponsor: Sidewalk Film Festival, the Intellectual Property Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: An inside look at the entertainment and intellectual property law issues facing the film and music industries in Alabama.


“Rights in the Digital Age” – September 2010
Panelist, SideTalks, 12th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival


“Protecting Your Ideas” – December 2009
Panelist, Sidewalk Salon
Sponsor: Alabama Moving Image Association
Summary: Protect your screenplay idea, registering your treatment or script, copyright infringement, fair use, parody.


“Film 101: An Introduction to Film Development and Production” – September 2009
Speaker, 1st Annual Film and Music in Alabama CLE
Sponsor: Sidewalk Film Festival, the Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: Introductory overview or the legal issues arising in the development, production and distribution of film.


1st Annual Film and Music CLE in Alabama – September 2009
Organizer and Welcome Introductions
Sponsor: Sidewalk Film Festival, the Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the ASB and Baker Donelson
Summary: An inside look at the entertainment and intellectual property law issues facing the film and music industries in Alabama.


“Lights, Camera, (Legal) Action: Key Legal Issues Relating to Developing, Producing and Distributing a Motion Picture” – 2008
Guest Lecturer, Cumberland School of Law
Summary: Provided an overview of the issues and challenges facing entertainment lawyers working in all facets of the film industry.