October 15, 2020

2020 Rising Voices in Entertainment & Sports Law

Rising Voices spotlight early career lawyers who have demonstrated service, impact, and dedication to the field and practice of entertainment law and/or sports law within their communities.  Recognition took place at the 2020 ES Forum 43rd Annual Conference on  October 1, 2, 8, and 15th. 

Nick Brown

Counsel
AMB Group

 

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

AMB Group

Lauren Colaric

Partner
Colaric Law, P.C.

A Colorado native, Lauren moved to Nashville in 2007 to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter.  She landed her first job there at the famous Bluebird Café where she witnessed some of the best songwriters in the business. After releasing an album of her own, “Soul Confetti”, in 2009, she transitioned to the business side of music working as a royalty analyst for Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).

A few years later when construction began on what would become the Belmont University College of Law building just down the street, she made the leap to the other end of the street and the legal side of the industry. During law school, Lauren expanded her experience into the world of professional sports as an intern with the Nashville Predators, and from there, she joined the legal department at Country Music Television (CMT) and later, CMT’s parent company, Viacom.

After leaving Viacom to establish her own law practice, Lauren has continued her focus in the field of music and entertainment, developing a clientele ranging from Grammy nominated artists to emerging artists signing their first deal. An ardent advocate, she’s dedicated and driven to helping clients meet the challenges of today and tomorrow in an ever-evolving field.

Lauren Colaric

Lauren Colaric

Colaric Law, P.C.

Chardae Davis

Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs
Endeavor
Vice chair of YLD E&S Committee

Chardae Davis worked in the Business & Legal Affairs department of Endeavor Content with a focus on scripted television. Working on projects in development and production, her work focused on agreements related to licensing, talent, rights acquisitions, and production services as well as corporate, financing, and guild related matters. After serving in leadership positions throughout her undergraduate and law school career, she continued her passion for leadership and desire to support law students and young lawyers within sports and entertainment. This led her to serve as Vice-Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Entertainment and Sports Committee. She also served as a mentor within Penn State Law’s Minority Mentoring Program, a program designed to provide faculty and alumni support for diverse law students beginning in their first year. A Southern California native, Chardae received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Penn State Law.

 

Polina Ivko Partner

Ivko, LLC
Vice Chair of Communications of ABA Forum E&S

Polina is an attorney, a business executive and an artist working within the arts, entertainment and luxury goods industries on both transactional and litigation matters. Her portfolio includes the Royal Courts of Justice, Phillips Auction, International Foundation for Art Research, Rainhouse, Mark Murray Fine Paintings, Graham Shay 1857, Inez Suen Art Agency, Club Newport, as well as emerging and blue chip talent (see www.ivkoesq.com for more). Combined corporate, in-house, law firm and judicial clerkship experience gives Polina the ideal background to handle any needs of her clients. As a contributor to the greater creative community, Polina serves as a Co-Chair of Sponsorships and a Vice Chair of Communications for the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, as a clinic attorney at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, as a contributor to the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Leadership Forum and ILOVECREATIVES, and a member of the New York City Bar Association Art Law Committee. Polina also speaks frequently to diverse audiences, most recently Columbia University, ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Cardozo School of Law and Baltimore Webfest as a keynote speaker. Polina's upcoming speaking engagements include Harvard Business School, Deloitte and others. 

Polina Ivko

Polina Ivko

Ivko, LLC

Peter Lovins

Director of Legal Affairs
Columbus Blue Jackets

Peter Lovins

Peter Lovins

Inez Morales

Director of Business Affairs
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Inez Morales is Director of Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Television. Entering her third year at Sony, Inez provides counsel to international linear and non-linear networks. She negotiates and drafts various entertainment agreements relating to talent, licensing, advertising sales, production services, and co-productions. Her work focuses primarily on content acquisitions and original productions to be placed on Sony’s international channels. Inez has recently joined the Dean’s Task Force for Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Southwestern Law School, where she will mentor students of color as they navigate law school and their transition into the legal field. Inez also volunteers her time with Reading Partners, where she works one-on-one with low income elementary school students to improve their literacy skills. As an undergraduate admissions ambassador for Cornell University, she spends time each year meeting with prospective students of her alma mater in support of the University’s mission of promoting diversity of thought, backgrounds, and identities. Inez received her B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School.  

Inez Morales

Inez Morales

Charlie Peskowitz

Associate
Proskauer Rose, LLP

Charlie Peskowitz earned his J.D. from NYU School of Law. While at NYU, he worked as a legal intern for the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils and the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. In addition to interning with various sports teams, Charlie interned at the league office for the National Football League and the Madison Square Garden Company.

Daniel Shapiro

Associate General Counsel
Greenlane Holdings
Membership Chair ABA Forum E&S

Daniel Shapiro is the Associate General Counsel at Greenlane Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNLN), one of the largest global sellers of premium cannabis accessories and CBD products. At Greenlane, Daniel works on M&A, regulatory matters, intellectual property,  and endorsements/partnerships with brands and talent in sports, art, music, and entertainment. Prior to joining Greenlane, Daniel worked at CAA in the Sports Business & Legal Affairs division. Daniel is the Membership Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law Industries and a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association's States Regulations Committee. He is a member of the New York Bar and Authorized House Counsel in Florida, and holds a JD from Cardozo Law School where he served as the President of the Cardozo Sports Law Society, and a BA from The George Washington University.

Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro

Kelly Vallon

Associate
Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Kelly Vallon is an attorney in Ziffren Brittenham LLP’s music group.  She represents artists, songwriters, music producers and music-related entities in connection with a wide variety of complex music industry transactions. Previously, Ms. Vallon was an entertainment attorney at Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP.

Ms. Vallon has held positions in many areas of the entertainment industry including at Rhino Entertainment, Universal Motown Republic Group, the Island Def Jam Music Group, Press Here Publicity, Creative Artists Agency, AEG Live, Paradigm Talent Agency, Astralwerks Records, Startime Records and the Colbert Report.

Ms. Vallon is on the Membership Committee of the Recording Academy, on the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and is a member of the Future Hope Committee of City of Hope’s Music and Entertainment Industry Group.

She has lectured on entertainment law topics at various conferences including South by Southwest and the National Conference of Personal Managers.

Ms. Vallon received her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law with a certificate in Entertainment Law.  She received her B.A. from New York University.