Brenda Robinson


Brenda Robinson is a partner in the Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group of Swanson Martin & Bell LLP. Her law practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film, and television industries. Throughout her career, Brenda has provided legal counsel to numerous recording artists, musicians and composers, actors and actresses, production companies, film financiers and investors, authors, arts organizations, athletes, and entertainers. Brenda has acted as production counsel and executive producer for numerous documentary and feature film projects as well as scripted and unscripted television programming.

Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Brenda is a member of The Recording Academy. Brenda is also active in the Sundance Institute and is a member of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council and separately serves as an advisor to The Redford Center. As a dedicated philanthropist in the arts and entertainment community and advocate on behalf of creative artists, Brenda currently serves on the boards of Film Independent, The Representation Project, Chicken & Egg Pictures and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Brenda is a founding advisory board member of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Brenda is a proud board member of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival and currently serves as legal counsel to the festival, known as the longest running international competitive film festival in North America.


Entertainment and Media Law
Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Board Member, Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival
  • Member, The Recording Academy
  • Sundance Institute, Women at Sundance Leadership Council
  • Board Member, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Board Member, Chicken & Egg Pictures
  • Board Member, International Documentary Association
  • Board Member, The Representation Project
  • Board Member, Film Independent
  • Advisory Board, The Redford Center
  • USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Founding Advisory Board Member


  • 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz, Billboard Magazine, 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in 2013, 2014, 2015


Chicago, August 3, 2020
Robinson Becomes First Black President of International Documentary Association
Robinson makes history as the organization's first Black president after joining IDA's Board of Directors in 2018. Founded in 1982, IDA serves documentary filmmakers through funding, education and advocacy.

Chicago, July 7, 2020
Robinson Addresses Filmmakers at Indie Film Town Hall
Robinson's July 9th panel will address legal and insurance-related challenges and opportunities facing filmmakers in a post-Covid-19 world.

Chicago, October 3, 2019
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Sponsors Chicago International Film Festival
Partner Brenda Robinson is an executive producer of the film "Jump Shot" The Kenny Sailors Story" that will have a premiere screening at the festival.

Chicago, July 24, 2019
Robinson Recognized in Grammy Music Education Coalition Article
The GMEC invests in resource-strapped school districts to re-energize music instruction in K-12 public schools.

Chicago, April 22, 2019
Daily North Shore Profiles Robinson Ahead of Piven Theatre Workshop Gala
Robinson will be recognized at the "Once Upon A Stage" Gala for her work and support in helping PTW launch and operate its EPIC Program at the Cook County Jail in 2016.

Chicago, April 17, 2019
Brenda Robinson Joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Entertainment and Media Law Practice
Robinson will lead the firm's growing film practice.

Chicago, February 6, 2019
Robinson, Grammy Music Education Coalition Launch All-Star Ambassador Program
The non-profit collective is dedicated to bringing universal music education to all public schools in America.

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