Learn your options. Own your success. Know you're protected.
Law FIRM and talent manageMENT agency for entertainers, creators, athletes, public figures, and entrepreneurs.
You want to be successful and protected in your career, business activities, and personal life.
Uncertainty or Confusion
Bad Deals or Contract Disputes
Lack or Loss of Control
Missed or Too Few Opportunities
Threats or Risks
Whether you're an entertainer, creator, athlete, public figure, or entrepreneur, in pursuing and maintaining success you can't afford to worry about or deal with
We understand and are here to help.
Learn Your Options
You'll get advice from an experienced expert so you understand your options and any issues or risks to having success and protecting yourself.
You'll choose how we'll work together and how much risk you're willing to take in pursuing your goals to maximize your chances of success.
Own Your Success
With our expertise, you'll eliminate your fears and worries so you can focus on more important things and what matters most to you.
Know You're Protected
We help to create success and protect entertainers, creators, athletes, public figures and entrepreneurs. As a client of The Fruitful Firm, we make sure that you
Zach Scott Gainous is the managing attorney, principal talent manager, and founder of The Fruitful Firm.
Zach has nearly 20 years of experience working in the music, entertainment, and media industries in both the creative and business sides helping entertainers, creators, athletes, public figures, and entrepreneurs.
Zach founded The Fruitful Firm to help clients like you who need advice and representation so that you'll understand your options, have the best chances of success, and know you're protected.
MEET fruitful firm founder ZACH scott gainous
HOW CAN WE HELP You?
Legal Advice & Representation
We help entertainers, creators, athletes, public figures, and entrepreneurs by providing legal advice and representation on their careers, business ventures, and select personal matters.
Here's How You Become A Client
1. Tell Us What You're Looking For
Tell us about yourself and when you would like to have a free consultation with Zach.
2. Attend Your Free Consultation
Attend your free consultation with Zach and discuss your goals, concerns, and issues.
3. Sign Your Fee Agreement
Sign your fee agreement to learn your options, own your success, and know you're protected.
"Zach showed empathy and compassion when addressing my needs. He listened to my concerns, answered all of my questions and developed a plan for every possible scenario that could come up. He was prepared and professional, kind and considerate. Zach was with me every step of the way. I would highly recommend Zach. Thank you so much, Zach!"
"So thankful to have found Zach Gainous to guide me through my first intellectual property contract. He was highly knowledgeable, great to work with, and made legal points easy to understand. Zach made important adjustments, gave every point more clarity, and ultimately produced a stronger contract. I have another project in the works...and will definitely be calling him again!"
"Zach was a huge help on this contract. His knowledge was insightful and answered many questions I had about the negotiations. His responses were friendly, prompt, and he immediately got back in touch when a new question arose. I would highly recommend Zach and I will certainly use him again as an attorney on any legal issue I had."
What The Fruitful Firm's Clients Say
You might still be wondering...
As a law firm, our fees are based on the value we bring and the time we spend working for you. You'll pay us either a minimum flat fee or an hourly fee, or a small percentage of the money you earn as a result of the work we do for you. We try to charge flat fees for as many things as possible to be transparent about pricing and provide a greater value to you. When we can't do flat fees, we charge an hourly fee of $265.00 per hour. Our flat fees and hourly rates start at a minimum of one billable hour per month. Specific pricing will be provided after your consultation.
As a talent management firm, we're paid on commission, usually 10% to 20% of your career earnings. We take a smaller commission the more you earn during the time we manage you, plus a lower percentage commission (under 10%) for a short time period after the talent management relationship ends for the work we did prior to the end of our management contract. We must evaluate each potential management client and determine if their current and future potential career earnings meet a minimum amount to enable the firm to take you on as a management client.
In addition, we charge you for any necessary travel and hotel costs if needed to serve you. Other costs to consider could be court costs, filing fees, and any other outside expenses charged by others to us on your behalf. We will get prior approval from you for these costs when possible and try to inform you of them as early as possible.
How much will I have to pay?
We understand the financial struggles of creative professionals, entertainers, media figures, and entrepreneurs who are just starting out or having difficulties. We attempt to keep our fees and commissions as affordable as possible while still being compensated fairly.
As a law firm, if you cannot afford our minimum flat or hourly fees we offer payment plans when possible. In addition, a lot of our creative and entertainer clients have their legal fees paid for or reimbursed by the label, publisher, etc., that the client's negotiating with as an additional part of their signing advance. Finally, we will in rare occasions take clients on a contingency fee basis, taking instead a small percentage of your earnings from any of your career or business deals or activities we help you with until you can afford to pay the larger amount owed.
As a talent management firm we will sometimes take on clients that are earning less than the required minimum amount if they have the potential in future months or years to earn substantially more.
Payment modifications are assessed on a case by case basis and we'd be happy to discuss options with you if needed.
What if I can't afford to pay your firm?
You might think that you can save money by doing some things yourself. Hiring our firm gives you the knowledge and confidence that you're getting the best advice and representation you can from experienced and professional experts and our resources and connections. In addition, the firm carries insurance for your protection.
If you were to try to handle things yourself, you risk not recognizing costly issues or missing out on opportunities to maximize your earnings potential. In addition you risk paying much more later on to hire our firm to attempt to correct any errors. It is significantly more affordable to hire us early on than to do it yourself and risk needing to hire us later.
Is this something I can do myself instead of hiring you?
You might think that you need a large firm to have the best chances for success and protection. After all, bigger is surely better right? The reality is that larger firms will not likely provide you with the best value and are rarely necessary. Not only are larger firms likely to be more expensive and rigid in how much they charge you, but you'll probably notice that they'll be less efficient. Large firms tend to have multiple people unnecessarily doing the same work and aren't as quick to adopt the latest, most efficient technologies, increasing your costs. In addition, in our experience listening to former clients of larger firms, you'll likely be unable to get in touch with your lawyers or managers as often and quickly as you want and will ultimately feel like you are just another name or number on the client list.
We're a boutique firm that is selective about who we work with and the number of clients we take on. While we might be smaller, we do this so that we can give you the personal attention you need, be available when needed, provide customized rates and fees so that you can afford our services, and provide maximum value to you. In the rare event that you need the resources of a larger firm, our firm has relationships with many other firms that we can partner with to supplement our services.
Why should I hire The Fruitful Firm instead of a larger firm?
We do not pitch, shop, or plug unsolicited songs or music, scripts, books, screenplays, or any other creative works to our current or former clients, as well as any outside publishers, labels, studios, producers, artists, entertainers, etc. We work with talented clients who already have interest or past success in their industry. If you have interest, offers, or past success, we'd be happy to help you.
Can I send you my music, script, or other creative project to have you shop, pitch, or plug them to publishers, labels, studios, etc.?
While this is not a typical arrangement, it is possible. To do so however requires certain conditions to protect you and the firm, including a written conflict of interest waiver.
The Fruitful Firm is very selective about who we accept as clients, especially when clients want to have dual representation by the firm. Often, because clients don't have an immediate need for both management and a lawyer, the firm will start out as one or the other, most often starting out as a client's lawyer. We will always discuss with you the possibility and any risks of The Fruitful Firm acting as both your legal counsel and your personal manager if you're interested.
Can I hire you to be both my law firm and talent management firm at the same time?
While we help entertainers, creators, athletes, public figures, and entrepreneurs with their careers, businesses and select personal matters, the firm does not handle criminal legal matters for our clients who are accused of a crime. We will gladly refer clients who need a criminal defense lawyer to another firm when necessary. The Fruitful Firm will coordinate with our client's criminal defense lawyers and assist clients to the extent necessary if their potential criminal exposure also impacts their career or businesses.
Does The Fruitful Firm handle criminal matters?
The Fruitful Firm is named because "fruitful" is the perfect description of the kind of relationship the firm strives to have with its clients, and hopefully clients have with the firm: an abundantly productive, beneficial, or profitable relationship that produces good results.
Why is the firm named The Fruitful Firm?
Want to Learn More?
If you want more information on how we can help you to create success and know you're protected, click the links below to learn more about how we can help.
Music Artist Management
Personal Management for Film, Television, & Live Entertainers
Sports Management for Pro Athletes
Personal & Career Talent Management for Entertainers & Athletes
Name, Image, Likeness, & Publicity Rights
Business & Corporate Law
Contracts & Agreements
LLCs, Partnerships, Corporate & Business Entities
Websites Domain Names, Cybersquatting, & Social Media
Estate Planning & Probate
Wills & Trusts
Food & Beverage Law
Defamation, Libel, Slander, & First Amendment Law
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate
Residential Real Estate
Family & Divorce Law
Legal Practice Areas & Services
Music Artists & Bands
Songwriters, Music Composers, Lyricists
Actors & Actresses
Filmmakers, Motion Picture, & TV Directors & Producers
Stand-Up Comics & Comedians
Authors & Writers
Pro Wrestlers & "Sports Entertainers"
Reality TV Stars
Celebrity Chefs & Restaurateurs
Animators, Cartoonists & Graphic Novelists
Music, Film, Television, & Live Entertainment
Current Professional NFL, NHL, NBA, & MLB Athletes
Current NCAA College Athletes
Former Pro & Collegiate Athletes
Sports Broadcasters, Hosts, Reporters, Podcasters, & Analysts
Current & Former Professional Wrestlers / "Sports Entertainers"
Sports & Athletics
Authors & Writers
Animators, Cartoonists, & Graphic Novelists
Reality TV Stars, Television Personalities, & Hosts
Journalists & Reporters, News Personalities & Anchors
Sports Reporters, Sports Broadcasters, Play-by-Play Announcers, Color Commentators & Sideline Reporters
Podcasters & Podcast Hosts
Literary, Media, News, & Digital Content
Chefs & Restaurateurs
Brewers & Distillers
Celebrity Chefs & Restaurateurs
Food & Beverage
Fashion or Fitness Models