X.M. FRASCOGNA, JR. is the senior partner in the law firm of Frascogna Courtney, PLLC which was established in 1972 in Jackson, Mississippi. He has been involved in international corporate litigation and commercial transactions, corporate acquisitions and mergers, copyright and trademark matters together with an extensive practice in entertainment and sports law. Frascogna remains active in alternative dispute resolution, serving on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators and mediators. He has arbitrated and mediated numerous international and domestic commercial disputes and has served as a special master to numerous circuit courts throughout Mississippi. In addition, Frascogna assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a hostage negotiation incident which he brought to a successful conclusion.
He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Southern Districts of Mississippi and all state courts of Mississippi. Frascogna served as a Bar Commissioner of the Mississippi State Bar Association from 1994-1997. Frascogna is a charter member of the National Academy of Court Appointed Masters. Frascogna served as lead trial counsel for the Complainant in a case involving several multi-national parties litigated in the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, Netherlands.
Frascogna is a graduate of Mississippi State University (BS -1969, MA – 1970) and Mississippi College (MBA – 1976, MSS -1982) and the Mississippi College School of Law (JD with distinction – 1972). He is a member of the American Bar Association (Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Law) and the Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mississippi State Bar Association.
Frascogna has been an adjunct Professor of Law since 1978 at the Mississippi College School of Law where he teaches an innovative course in negotiation to third-year students. He is the co-author of This Business of Artist Management, now is its fourth edition (with Hetherington) published by Billboard Books in New York City. The book, which is the standard reference work on artist management in the music business, received the coveted ASCAP Deems Taylor Book Award. He also co-authored This Business of Internet Law (with Hetherington and Howell) published by Billboard Books, The Lawyer’s Guide to Negotiation, now in its second edition (with Hetherington) published by ABA Publishing, and Entertainment Law for the General Practitioner (with Hetherington and Howell), published by ABA Publishing. Frascogna is a frequent lecturer on the topic of negotiation and entertainment law issues.
Outside his legal career Frascogna has always been active in the creation of his own intellectual property in the music, film and book genres of the entertainment business. He was recognized by The Recording Academy at the 47th Grammy Awards for his executive producer’s role in the 2004 Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album nomination. From 2007 to 2011 Frascogna and his two sons, Mike and Marty, co-authored five books [Mississippi JUCOs – The Toughest Football League in America, 2011; Gridiron Glory – Celebrating Over 100 Years of Mississippi High School Football, 2010; Bull Sullivan and the Lions of Scooba, Mississippi, 2010; Y’all vs Us – Thrilling Tales of Mississippi’s Hottest High School Football Rivalries, 2008; and Gridiron Gold – Inspiring Stories of Legendary Mississippi High School Coaches, 2007] about the unique culture surrounding high school and junior college football in Mississippi. In 2012, Frascogna produced a full length motion picture entitled Mississippi JUCO’s, The Toughest Football League in America and recently completed a second film entitled Mississippi Gridiron Gold which was released during the Summer 2013. His third film is scheduled for release in December 2013.
Recently, Frascogna was named lawyer of the year (2013) by the Mississippi College Law School Alumni Association, and a Leader in the Law by The Mississippi Business Journal.