March 03, 2020

Leadership

Officers

CHAIR
Peter Strand (2019-2021)
Mandell Menkes
Chicago, IL

CHAIR-ELECT
Judy Tint (2019-2021)
New York University
New York, NY

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Leonard Glickman  (2019-2021)
Cassels Brock & Blackwell, LLP
Toronto, ON

 

Governing Committee Members

Scott Bain
USPTO
Washington, DC

John F. Bradley
Bradley Legal Group, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Travis Life
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Chicago, IL

Mark Tratos
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Las Vegas, NV

Tim Warnock
Riley Warnock & Jacobson, PLC
Nashville, TN 

Laura Warren
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Operations Committees

BOOK PUBLISHING/WEBINAR CHAIR
Robert G. Pimm

Law Office of Robert G. Pimm
Walnut Creek, CA

BUDGET CHAIR
Steven D. Sills
, CPA, CFE, CFF
Green Hasson Janks
Los Angeles, CA

EDITOR-in-CHIEF
Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
Brian Rosenblatt
Deutsch, Levy & Engel, Chartered
Chicago, IL 

COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR
Stephanie Furgang Adwar

Furgang & Adwar, L.L.P.
New York, NY

DIVERSITY CHAIR
Neeta Ragoowansi
New York, NY

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR 
Daniel Shapiro
Greenlane Holdings LLC
Boca Raton, FL

NOMINATING CHAIR
Kirk T. Schroder

Schroder Brooks, PLC
Richmond, VA 

SPONSORSHIP CHAIR
Lee Hutton, Co-Chair
Hutton, Kluz, Evans LLC
St. Paul, MN

Polina Ivko, Co-Chair
Phillips Auctioneers LLC and Ivko & Associates LLC

SPECIAL PROJECTS CHAIR, ENTERTAINMENT
Peter Dekom

Peter J. Dekom, A Law Corporation
Los Angeles, CA

SPECIAL PROJECTS CHAIR, DIGITAL MUSIC AND OTHER DIGITAL MEDIA
Robert A. Rosenbloum
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Atlanta, GA 

2020 Annual Meeting Planning Committee

  • Peter Strand, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC (Chicago, IL)
  • Len Glickman, Cassels Brock & Blackwell, LLP (Toronto ON)
  • Danny Walvick, Vevo, LLC (San Francisco, CA)
  • Emily Behzadi, Meehle & Jay (Orlando, FL)
  • Judy Tint, New York University (New York, NY)
  • Mark G. Tratos, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Laura Warren, DePaul University Office of the General Counsel (Chicago,IL)
  • Jennifer Ko Craft, Dickinson Wright, PLLC (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Steven Sills, Green Hasson Janks (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Dan Werly, Sievert Werly, LLC (Nashville, TN)
  • Scott Bain, United States Patent and Trademark Office (Washington, DC)
  • Kenneth Freundlich, Freundlich Law (Encino, CA)
  • Ari Solotoff, Bernstein Shur (Portland, ME)
  • Timothy Warnock, Riley Warnock & Jacobson (Nashville, TN)

Division Chairs and Vice Chairs

Arts & Museums

LeAnn Sheldon, Chair
New York, NY

Cheryl Davis, Vice Chair
The Authors Guild
New York, NY

Digital Media New Technologies

Elke Suber, Chair
Microsoft
Redmond, WA

Electronic Gaming

Seth J. Steinberg, Chair     
Digital Arts Law
San Francisco, CA

Ben Golant, Vice Chair
Entertainment Software Association
Washington, DC

International

Alexandra Darraby, Chair
The Art Law Firm
Los Angeles, CA

Licensing, Merchandising and Branding

Jennifer Ko Craft, Chair
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Las Vegas, NV

Literary Publishing

Daniel L. Rogna, Chair
Patridge IP Law P.C.
Chicago, IL 

Dirk Vanover, Co-Chair
Vanover Legal, LLC
Milwaukee, WI

Litigation

Kenneth Freundlich, Chair
Freundlich Law
Encino, CA

Emily Evitt, Vice Chair
Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp
Los Angeles, CA

Motion Pictures, Television, Cable and Radio 

Steve Weizenecker, Co-Chair 
Barmes & Thornburg
Atlanta, GA 

Music and Personal Appearances

Danny Walvick, Chair
Vevo, LLC
San Francisco, CA

Monica Zhang, Vice-Chair
Reed Smith, LLP

Non-Profit / Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Cynthia Sanchez, Chair
Los Angeles, CA

Sports

Laura Warren, Co-Chair
DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Daniel Werly, Co-Chair
Nashville Soccer Club
Nashville, TN

Theater and Performing Arts

Ari Solotoff, Chair
Bernstein Shur
Portland, ME

Liaisons from ABA Entities

ABA Board of Governors Liaison
Laura Sharp

The Sharp Firm
Austin, TX

Law Student Liaison
Alexis Herring

Georgia State University College of Law 
Atlanta, GA 

Young Lawyers Liaison
Emily Behzadi
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University College of Law
Orlando, FL

Forum Liaison to the Section of Intellectual Property
Kenneth Kaufman
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Washington, DC

Past Forum Chairs

Len Glickman (2017-2019)
Cassels Brock & Blackwell, LLP
Toronto, ON

Janine Small (2015-2017)
Janine Small, PLLC
New York, NY

Richard J. Idell (2013-2015)
The Idell Firm
San Francisco, CA

Christine Lepera (2011-2013)
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP
New York, New York

Kirk T. Schroder (2009-2011)
Schroder Davis, PLC
Richmond, VA 

Lon Sobel (2007-2009)
Santa Monica CA 

Gary A. Watson (2005-2007)
Gary A. Watson & Associates
Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth Abdo (2003-2005)
Lommen, Abdo P.A.
Minneapolis, MN

David M. Given (2001-2003)
Phillips, Erlewine & Given LLP
San Francisco, CA

Joel A. Katz (1999-2001)
Greenberg Traurig
Atlanta, GA

Pam Lester (1997-1999)
Lester Sports and Entertainment, Inc.
Skillman, NJ

Michael Rudell (1995-1997)
Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo
New York, NY

Edward Pierson (1992-1995)
Edward Pierson, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Seattle, WA

David Nochimson (1989-1992)
Ziffren, Brittenham LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Gerald Phillips (1986-1989)
Phillips & Salman
Los Angeles, CA 

Jay Cooper (1983-1986)
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Santa Monica, CA

Robert G. Woolf (1982-1983)
Seymour Bricker (1980-1982)
Edward Rubin (1978-1980)*

* 1st Forum Chair appointed by the ABA President

American Bar Association

Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries
321 North Clark Street
18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654