DONYALE Y.H. REAVIS
As founding partner of Reavis & Associates, Donyale has been practicing law in business, entertainment and philanthropy for twenty (20) years. Specializing in intellectual property, small business, sports law, nonprofit organizations, art, entertainment, and digital technology transactions, she earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999, along with her Masters degree, cum laude, in Government Administration (JD/MGA ’99). More recently, Donyale became a Certified Advisor in Philanthropy in 2016, having completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business education program as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor to her high net worth clients in sports and entertainment.
Fluent in French, Donyale obtained a certificate in International Development for researching literacy initiatives in villages of central Cote d’Ivoire with Tuskegee University in 1993, as well as a certificate in European Legal studies from Tulane University/Paris in 1997. During her time in Paris, she clerked with the in-house counsel offices of Alcatel, a global telecommunications firm headquartered in Paris, France.
Since then, Donyale has practiced in Boston, MA at Pierce Atwood; in-house with Anvil Knitwear; and then Washington, DC with international law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; after which she cofounded the entertainment intellectual property boutique in Philadelphia: Reavis & Associates, PC.
Founder of a youth-based media literacy charity, “hiphopspeaks,” Donyale has developed summer and after-school programs in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia’s film production teachers, PBS’ Independent Lens, and other media-focused programs educating more than 1,000 young people about music, film and video production throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Donyale maintains active admissions to practice law in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. She serves as executive director to College Opportunities and Resources for Education (CORE) Scholarship organization, is co-founder of the non-profit film production company Spring Garden Pictures, and in 2018 was elected Treasurer of the Philadelphia public access media company, PhillyCAM. Donyale participates on numerous boards of a number of educational and charitable institutes in Philadelphia and throughout the country, including the ABA Sports & Entertainment Law Forum and the Ambassador Circle of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture.
University of Pennsylvania Law School- Juris Doctor, cum laude (May 1999)
UPENN FELS School of Government – Master of Government Administration, cum laude (May 1999)
Boston University – Bachelor of Arts duel-major degree: Political Science and International Relations (May 1992)
“21st Century Money, Banking, and Commerce,” edited by Fried Frank (2001). Donyale Reavis Co-authored chapters on e-signatures and online sales.
“Induced Investments and jobs produced by exclusive patent licenses – a confirmation study,” Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers (1997). Reavis, et. al.
American Bar Association: Real Property, Trust and Estates and Intellectual Property Sections
Council on Foundations, Member (since 2010)
Steering Committee Member, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy: Philadelphia Chapter
University of Pennsylvania Law School Board of Managers (appointed in 2010)
Public Citizens for Children and Youth, Picasso Project, Board Committee (appointed in 2009)