Deon "Big D The Impossible" Evans Passes Away at age 45

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our client and friend, multi-platinum hip hop producer Deon "Big D The Impossible" Evans. He passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in Los Angeles at the age of 45. In recent years, Deon struggled to maintain his health after undergoing a kidney transplant in 2005. 

Big D Evans was widely known and recognized for his legendary work with Tupac Shakur producing the rapper's biggest hit records, including: "Brenda's Got a Baby," "Changes,", "N.I.G.G.A," "Crooked Nigga Too," "Ghetto Gospel," "If My Homie's Call," "Don't U Trust Me?," "Resist the Temptation," "Dopefiend's Diner," and "Papa'z Song," among others.

Big D Evans also played an instrumental role in assisting Tupac's mother and estate in releasing Tupac's posthumous best-selling multi-platinum album: Tupac's Greatest Hits which sold over 11 million copies worldwide, remaining the best-selling rap greatest hits album of all time. Evans also produced on both albums released by Tupac during his life, including 2Pacalypse Now and Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Big D Evans got his start producing artists such as the critically acclaimed group, Digital Underground and Hollywood Records pop group, Youngstown. In later years was regular collaborator of Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith), whom Evans gave the name "Ne-Yo" to as his professional moniker. 

His longtime Los Angeles entertainment attorney, Helen Yu of Yu Leseberg, said: 

With the passing of Big D Evans and along with Tupac, hip hop royalty has lost two of its members. These guys put Oakland and the Bay Area sound on the map worldwide and changed popular culture forever. Deon Evans was one of the kindest and gentlest souls I've had pleasure of representing. Having fought hard through all of his medical issues and other hardships, Deon truly epitomized the spirit of hip hop... battling to overcome the struggle. He is dearly missed. 

Deon is survived by his sons Akira and Kai, his twin sister DeAnn, his brothers James and Steven, and his mother Caroline.

Joan Sebastian, 1951-2015

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our client and friend, the enormously talented performer, songwriter and artist Joan Sebastian. The most awarded Mexican performer in Grammy history, his remarkable 38-year career was highlighted with five Grammy Awards, and seven Latin Grammy honors. 

At my first client office meeting with Joan, we had lunch in Century City near my old offices. During that lunch I learned how powerful and culturally impactful Joan Sebastian and his music were: By the end of our hour-long meal, virtually every employee in the restaurant had come by our table to pay homage to the much-loved icon.

I will never forget the first time I saw him perform. Although all of his lyrics were entirely in Spanish (and my Spanish is mediocre), his songs required no interpretation. The depth, feeling, and emotion conveyed though his music was understood -- as pure love.

 From Joan's classically handsome face and smile, his gracious charm and mass appeal, Joan was an absolute gentleman and loved working with women (so he told me!) I feel so blessed and privileged that he welcomed me as his lawyer into his inner circle. 

He was a true class act. He leaves behind an incredibly beautiful body of work and a remarkable life story. I salute Joan Sebastian and send my deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and team Tony Navarro, Polo Molina, and Edmundo Monroy. 

Much love,
Helen Yu

Yu Leseberg Dominates Charts

Dear Friends, 

It is my pleasure to announce one of our proudest achievements - as noted by Billboard last year, the Yu Leseberg law firm negotiated and lawyered the highest number of charting "singles" on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R & B 100 for a single talent representative than any other law firm in the entertainment industry.  

31 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard R & B Hot 100 in 2014! 

From the bottom of our hearts to yours.....we thank you for your continued support and loyalty. It is only through your friendship and partnership we continue transforming dreams into reality. 

Many continued blessings,

Helen Yu

Hollywood Reporter: Don Henley Sues; T. Rex Bangs; Wyclef Jean Wins

"Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan, has obtained 144 copyrights connected to the band's songs, including those on the album “Electric Warrior” like "Get It On (Bang A Gong).” In July 2013, Feld sued publisher Westminster Music Ltd. for ownership, on the basis that rights revert to an author’s heirs when the author dies during the initial copyright term. Feld's case then got a big boost when the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year addressed another reversion case — involving the classic film Raging Bull — and limited the application of laches (a defense based upon the prejudicial effect of a plaintiff's delayed filing) in intellectual property cases. The parties then worked out a settlement with the result leading to the return of copyrights to the Feld family. Feld was represented by Helen Yu and other attorneys at ‎Gradstein & Marzano, the same firm that is litigating some of the pre-1972 lawsuits on behalf of the Turtles."

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