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Sally  Helppie


Business and Commercial Litigation
Contract Disputes
Entertainment and Sports Law


University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1985
Honors: UCLA National Moot Court Team
Honors: Elected to National Order of Barristers
Honors: Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing
Honors: Melvin Belli Advocacy Scholarship Recipient
Honors: Winner, Distinguished Advocate Award

California State University, Northridge, California
B.A., Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude - 1982
Honors: Best Writer Award, Journalism Department
Honors: National and State awards for speech, debate, and dramatic arts
Honors: Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society
Major: Journalism
Minor: Speech Communication

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan


Texas, 1985
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
Sally Helppie
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Tel: 214-979-7411
Fax: 214-979-7402
  • Sally Helppie Selected Articles and Presentations

    Selected Articles And Presentations

    • A Producer Comes Calling: five essential steps to protecting your writer-client, Dallas Bar Association headnotes, 2017
    • Back to the Drawing Board: Legal Issues in the Animation Industry, Dallas Bar Association , 2016
    • Ethics and TV Lawyers, Mack Taylor Inn of Court , 2016
    • Clearing Films for E&O Insurance and Handling the Claims That Are Sure to Follow, 26th Annual Entertainment Law Institute co-presenter, 2016
    • Copyright Basics: Celebrating the Creator, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes , 2016
    • Independent Film Financing Beyond PPMs, 25th annual Entertainment Law Institute, 2015
    • Why Do I Need a Lawyer? Legal Panel, Dallas International Film Festival 2015
    • It’s Only a Movie Legal Panel on ethics, State Bar of Texas Convention 2015
    • The Works and Career of John Avildsen, SMU 2015
    • Current Trends in Film and Television Finance, Entertainment Law Institute 2014
    • Guilds and Unions in a Right to Work State, Entertainment Law Institute 2014
    • Introduction to Entertainment Law: What To Know Before You Shoot, Christian Media Association National Convention 2014
    • DIY Media Distribution: Eliminating the Middleman, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes 2014
    • Making Money in a Digital Age, Dallas Bar Association Entertainment Law Boot Camp 2013
    • Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Reality TV Shows, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes 2012
    • Today’s Contract, Tomorrow’s Lawsuit: Entertainment Contracts from the Litigator’s Perspective, Entertainment Law Institute 2012
    • So You Want To Be In Pictures: Does it pay to loan your property for a movie location? Dallas Bar Association Headnotes 2012
    • Copyright Basics and Script Clearance, El Paso Classic Film Festival 2011
    • Film Distribution for the Independent Producer: Strategies and Negotiations, Entertainment Law Institute 2010
    • Coming to a theater near you: From Script to Screen, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, 2010
    • Add a Dash of Lawyer: A Recipe For Successful Film and Television Production, Boot Camp for Lawyers and Non-Lawyers 2010
    • Overview of Entertainment Law for Paralegals in Texas, Dallas Paralegals Association 2010
    • Financing Independent Film Productions, Entertainment Law Institute 2009
    • Independent Film Production in Texas: Combining the Legal with the Creative, Dallas Bar Association 2008
    • Litigation Ethics, Stromar Legal Education Seminar, 2001
    • Updates on Evidence, Stromar Legal Education Seminar, 2000
    • How to Present Financial Information at Trial, South Texas College of Law 1999
    • Theming a Case for Trial, DBA Bench/Bar Conference 1999

  • Sally Helppie University Courses

    University Courses

    • Adjunct Professor, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, Producers' Seminar, 2011 - Present
    • Adjunct Professor, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, Media Career Preparation course, 2015 - Present
    • Guest Lecturer, Texas A&M Law School, University of North Texas Law School, Texas Christian University, KD College, Dallas Institute of the Arts
    • Director and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, Small Business and Trademark Clinic, 2016 - Present
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, Entertainment Law, 2017 - Present