Elena M.Occhipinti, Esq., Principal

As the founder of the Occhipinti Law Group, Elena brings inspiration and success to every aspect of her life’s work. Born and raised in a creative, culturally conscious home on the north side of Chicago, Elena has been a passionate member of the performing arts community since the tender age of three. Elena attended the nationally renowned, public performing arts academy, Franklin Fine Arts Center, for the length of her primary education, in addition to studying for more than ten years at Chicago’s acclaimed Moming Dance studio. After graduating with honors from the college preparatory program at Lane Technical in 1993, Elena went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, in just three and a half years, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor degree, in May 2001, from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

Prior to forming the Occhipinti Law Group, Elena was an associate at a boutique entertainment law firm, working with an extensive list of clients including the Estate of Tupac Shakur, Estate of Lisa Lopez, and Amaru Entertainment. Before transitioning exclusively into entertainment law, Elena served for five years as General Counsel for Palmer Investments, Inc., a prominent, diversified real estate investment and development firm located in Santa Monica, California. Palmer Investments’ holdings included master-planned communities in California and Colorado, and interests in over 5,000 apartments.

Currently, some of Elena’s clients include: Cardo, Chief Keef, Coodie & Chike, Constant Beta Motion Pictures, De La Soul, Dizzy Wright, Djemba Djemba, DY, Funk Volume Records, Just Blaze, Manny Santiago, Prince Paul, Reggieknow, Scoop DeVille, Silo Media, Squeak E. Clean Productions and Tarentino.

Elena is also a supervising producer. She has produced music videos for Mos Def, Mibbs (of Pac Div), Amanda Blank, Anjulie and Toby Randall among others, and served as production counsel and music supervising producer for IFC’s television series,“Dinner with the Band.” Elena produced Reggieknow’s short film, “Mousetrap 2,” as well as numerous gallery shows for his one of a kind 12″ action figure art pieces. Currently, she is in production on the web series, “I Work In Coffee,” and is production counsel, supervising producer and executive producer on four feature length documentary films with her producing partner, Arka Sengupta, and Constant Beta Motion Pictures.

In addition to managing the Occhipinti Law Group, Elena is co-owner and chief executive officer of STEVE, LLC, a creative agency based in Los Angeles, providing branding, marketing and creative services for artists and brands. Some of STEVE’s clients include Bibi Bourelly, Cocaine 80’s, and executive vice president of Island Def Jam Records, No I.D.

Elena is a member of the State Bar of California. Throughout her career, Elena has been a volunteer and/or supporter of numerous citizen, community, and charitable organizations.  Presently, she serves on the Chicago Music Commission’s Board of Advisors. Previously, Elena served as a volunteer at both the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and the Reading for Kids Program in Los Angeles, and as a mentor at the Cabrini Green Mentoring Program in Chicago, Illinois.