» Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium Speakers
+ - Brian Adkins
Brian Adkins is the Chief Operating Officer of 7 Sports Group. Mr. Adkins is a California-licensed attorney and has been an NFLPA certified contract advisor (agent) for six years. As an attorney, he has negotiated $50 million+ in real estate and business transactions, and has aggressively represented clients in the courtroom. He brings that same skill set to the plate everyday for 7 Sports Group's clients.
Mr. Adkins earned his undergraduate accounting and finance degree at Indiana University. He also completed his JD degree in 2.5 years at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
+ - Scott A. Andresen
Scott A. Andresen is the owner of Andresen & Associates, PC. He primarily practices on sports law, entertainment and the arts, licensing and sponsorships, trademark and copyright, business/transactional matters, startup/entrepreneurial law. Mr. Andresen previously worked in the League Development & Legal Affairs department of the Arena Football League. He is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Arts in Sports Administration Program teaching Legal and Ethic Issues of Sports Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Andresen earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, his JD from Valparaiso University School of Law and his MBA from the University of Phoenix.
+ - Evan Brennan
Evan Brennan is a NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor with 7 Sports Group and JD candidate at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He co-founded the Chapman University Entertainment and Sports Law annual symposium, interacting and networking with the top names in sports law, athlete representation, and sports entity legal counsel.
Mr. Brennan earned his M.A. in sports management from California State University Long Beach and his B.A. in history from Brigham Young University.
+ - Steve Caric
Steve Caric is the President of Caric Sports Management and a Certified NFL Contract Agent. Prior to opening his own sports management company, Mr. Caric was Vice President of Premier Sports Management and Vice President Sports Marketing for Alliance.
Mr. Caric earned his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.
+ - Diana Day
+ - David Dunn
David Dunn is the Chief Executive Officer of Athletes First. Mr. Dunn stands as one of the most prolific, effective and respected negotiators in the industry. He has negotiated more NFL contracts than any other agent, and his negotiating efforts have resulted in scores of record-breaking deals.
Mr. Dunn earned his JD from Hastings College of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
+ - Samuel Ernst
Samuel Ernst is an assistant professor law at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. Professor Ernst’s scholarship focuses on patent law and he teaches in the areas of intellectual property, contracts, and civil litigation practice. Prior to joining the Fowler School of Law in 2013, Professor Ernst was a partner at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in San Francisco, practicing intellectual property, commercial, and appellate litigation, while maintaining an active pro bono practice focusing on veterans disability recovery and homeless advocacy. Prior to joining the Fowler School of Law Professor Ernst taught pre-trial civil litigation at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.
Professor Ernst earned his JD magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of California Los Angeles and his B.A. in modern literary studies from the University of California Santa Cruz.
+ - Luke Fedlam
Luke Fedlam is the Chair of Sports and Entertainment at Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter. He primarily assists clients with emerging business issues, merger and acquisition transactions, and advises sports and entertainment clients on their complex business and personal needs. From intellectual property and estate planning to foundations and contract analysis, he counsels athletes and entertainers on the issues that matter most to them. Before joining the firm in 2013, Mr. Fedlam spent nine years in finance and investments, serving four years as a wealth manager for professional athletes.
Mr. Fedlam earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University and his JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
+ - Scott Gaffield
Scott Gaffield is the Assistant General Counsel of Octagon. He represents industry-leading sports agents, advises on commercial transactions, drafts and negotiates agreements. He also evaluates contractual nonperformance and intellectual property infringement, and assists with dispute resolution, FIBA arbitration, and settlement negotiations. Responsibilities include business development, organizing, managing, acquiring, and disposing of tennis and golf tournaments and other events, negotiating related sponsorships, structuring partnerships and consulting relationships, and more. Drafts sponsorship, employment, independent contractor, separation, consulting, fee split, and other agreements.
+ - Rand Getlin
Rand Getlin has been working as a reporter for Yahoo! Sports for the past four years. He is also the producer of Y!'s Dream Chasers video series for NFL/NCAA football. Getlin received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2006. He earned his JD in public policy from University of Southern California.
For more from Rand Getlin, visit his website randgetlin.com.
+ - Bardia Ghahremani
Bardia Ghahremani is the Chief Executive Officer and Sports Agent of International Sports Agency (ISA). He has been successfully representing NFL, MMA and NASCAR athletes since 2001. As the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ghahremani ensures that every client with ISA is provided with a full-service client-agent relationship that reaches even beyond the extent of his professional obligations. The ISA team has developed a precise formula using market analysis and promotion techniques that help place I.S.A. clients into successful career opportunities at the next level via the NFL Draft and free agency.
Mr. Ghahremani earned his B.A. in sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara and his JD from the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University.
+ - Erik Greupner
Erik Greupner is the Senior Vice President, Business Administration & General Counsel for the San Diego Padres. Mr. Greupner is responsible for legal and government affairs, ballpark operations, human resources and information technology. Prior to joining the Padres, Greupner worked as a corporate and transactional attorney with the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. While at Gibson Dunn, he advised senior management of public and private companies in general corporate matters, acquirers and targets in mergers and acquisitions transactions, and institutional investors and fund sponsors in the formation and operation of private investment funds. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Greupner worked in sales and management roles with Goldman Sachs & Company, Scudder Weisel Capital, LLC and Life Time Fitness.
Mr. Greupner earned his JD magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law. He served as a judicial intern for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
+ - Hugh Hewitt
Hugh Hewitt is a professor of law at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show heard in more than 70 markets nationwide. He received 3 Emmys during his decade of work as co-host of the week-night television news and public affairs show Life & Times on PBS Los Angeles affiliate KCET-TV. Professor Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. He was Governor Wilson's appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and was a member of the California Arts Council. Professor Hewitt appears frequently as a political and social commentator on shows including: The O'Reilly Factor, Chris Matthews, The Dennis Miller Show, The Today Show and Larry King Live.
Professor Hewitt is earned his JD from University of Michigan Law School and his B.A. from Harvard University.
+ - Mark Humenik
As Vice President and General Counsel of Athletes First, Mark Humenik handles the firm’s various legal matters, including disciplinary appeals and NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement grievances. Mr. Humenik further assists the firm by utilizing his extensive contract negotiation and analytical skills to maximize benefits for Athletes First clients. Mr. Humenik earned his B.A. in business administration with a dual concentration in finance and accountancy from Notre Dame and his JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
In addition to the elite client roster that Athletes First boasts, Mr. Humenik personally represents notable clients such as Dennis Pitta, Earl Thomas, Damian Williams, Eric Olsen, and Garret Graham.
+ - Chris Koras
Chris Koras is the Director of Marketing and Branding and In-House Counsel of Prime Athletes. He is a licensed attorney in California specializing in film, television, sports, and new media. He joined Prime by way of Leigh Steinberg Enterprises where he was responsible for the drafting and negotiation of all legal documents, and the development of all entertainment, marketing and branding initiatives. Mr. Koras earned his JD with an emphasis in entertainment law from Chapman University School of Law while also attending masters level film classes at the esteemed Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman. His unique background includes time spent in business affairs and development at Funny or Die and in the General Counsel office at St. John Knits. He has consulted with numerous film and television management and production companies on issues of acquisition, financing, production and he currently represents multiple entertainment entities and properties.
As the Director of Entertainment and Branding, Mr. Koras is responsible for the development and execution of all entertainment and branding company and client initiatives. Chris is also PRIME’s in house counsel, playing a key role in all client negotiations and providing legal counsel to all PRIME divisions. Chris is a Tiger Woods Foundation Mentor and he is active in Southern California youth hockey. He resides in Hermosa Beach and he writes for the Huffington Post.
Prime Athletes represents athletes such as the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Brandon Weeden; Houston Texans linebacker, Whitney Mercilus; Detroit Lions tight end, Brandon Pettigrew; Louie Vito, US Snowboard Olympic Team; and Taylor Gold, US Snowboard Olympic Team.
+ - C.J. Laboy
C.J. Laboy is an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor at Relativity Sports. Prior to joining Relativity Sports, Mr. LaBoy was the Senior Client Manager at Octagon Football. He holds a Masters in sports management from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in business management from St. Mary’s College.
+ - Kelli Masters
Kelli Masters is the Founder and President of KMM Sports Management. She also holds the Of Counsel position with the firm Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C. She has broad experience in commercial litigation, as well as nonprofit law and sports and entertainment law. She was included in Best Lawyers in America 2013 and SuperLawyers Rising Star 2011 & 2012.
In addition to defending public and private companies in areas of insurance, banking, and other commercial operations, Ms. Masters represents numerous nonprofit tax-exempt organizations. She also practices in the area of sports and entertainment law, representing professional athletes in football, baseball and Olympic sports. She is an NFL contract advisor, certified by the National Football League Players Association, and is a registered agent.
Ms. Masters has developed a solid reputation and a vast network of professional relationships including coaches, owners, managers, and scouts from all 32 NFL Clubs, as well as the NFLPA. In 2010, she became the first woman to represent a first-round pick.
Ms. Masters represents professional football players such as Tress Way, Tank Carder, Nickell Robey and Quinton Carter.
+ - Bob McClellan
Bob McClellan is the co-owner of McClellan Nichols Sports Syndicate LLC. The Sports Syndicate is a leader in the field of action sports athlete representation and youth marketing. The Sports Syndicate has grown by referral from two young triathletes in 1990 to what it is today - a diversified action sports management company which has built a reputation for dealing with athletes, teams and corporate clients with professionalism, fairness and integrity.
Mr. McClellan earned his JD from Western State University College of Law and his B.A. from the University of Southern California.
+ - Leila Milano
Leila Milano is the Senior Director, Business & Legal Affairs of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). Prior to her current role, she was the Director of Business and Legal Affairs at The Tennis Channel, Inc. Ms. Milano was an adjunct professor at Chapman University Fowler School of Law from 2008 to 2009, teaching courtroom procedure, strategy and demeanor. She also worked in business affairs positions for Home Box Office ("HBO") and Steinberg & Moorad Sports Management.
Ms. Milano earned her JD from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2008 and her B.A. in communications from the University of San Francisco.
+ - Susan M. Natland
Susan M. Natland is a partner in our Orange County office of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP. Ms. Natland focuses on all aspects of domestic and international trademark, unfair competition and copyright matters. She represents clients in a broad spectrum of industries, including the fashion and apparel, food and beverage, automotive, cosmetics, healthcare, medical and dental, financial, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, retail, and sports and entertainment industries. Representative clients include Broadcom Corporation, Volcom, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Arbonne International, Kate Spade New York, Lucky Brand, Paris Blues, First American Financial Corporation, Nobel Biocare, Carey Hart, and Ryan Sheckler. Ms. Natland is also a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Natland earned her JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and her B.A. in economics with honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
+ - Peter E. Perkowski
Peter E. Perkowski is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Winston & Strawn LLP. He concentrates his practice in intellectual property, sports, and entertainment litigation. For over fifteen years, Peter has advised and litigated on behalf of companies and individuals in a wide range of patent, trademark, publicity rights, false advertising, copyright, and unfair competition matters. He has appeared in litigation for the ownership group of a baseball franchise, advised on publicity-rights matters involving Olympic athletes and other celebrities, and been consulted on a trademark matter for a professional soccer team. Significant cases include copyright disputes related to the James Bond and Spider-Man movie franchises and the Reginald Denny beating video; trade secret disputes between competitors in the sports-apparel and video-game-programming industries; and disputes involving television and film contracts. He was also a member of the Disney trial team in Katzenberg v. Disney, a well-publicized dispute involving the valuation of some of Disney’s best-known IP. In addition to practicing law, he teaches Legal & Ethical Issues in Sport to Master's students at California State Long Beach’s Graduate Program in Sports Management.
+ - Greg Phillips
Greg Phillips is a partner in the Orange County office of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP. His practice includes counseling clients with their domestic and international trademark matters, including clearance, registration and enforcement; federal trademark litigation; petitioning and defending opposition and cancellation matters; copyright registration and enforcement; and petitioning and defending Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy disputes in connection with domain name registrations. He represents clients in several industries, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, fashion and apparel, mobile devices, entertainment, automotive, nutritional supplements, sporting goods, consumer goods, industrial products, hospitality, executive placement services and restaurant services. Mr. Phillips attends annually the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, and the International Trademark Association (INTA) annual meeting and leadership conference. Mr. Phillips is the former co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Marketing Section.
+ - Les Pico
Entering his 10th season with the Minnesota Vikings but his 16th with the National Football League, Les Pico serves as the Vikings Executive Director of Player Development/Legal. Pico is responsible for player related issues both on and off the field. Pico is directly involved with personal welfare and legal issues that arise concerning players, coaches and staff. Other areas of Pico’s expertise and responsibilities include; assisting the personnel staff by evaluating and interviewing players at the NFL Combine and assisting in evaluations during the NFL free agency period. During the season Pico assists with the defense. Also, Pico has implemented player related programs to assist with continuing education, family assistance, and career internships. Pico is involved with the administration of the annual rookie symposium that is attended by all NFL drafted rookies.
Mr. Pico earned his JD from Washburn University School of Law and his undergraduate degree cum laude from Arizona State University.
+ - Katie Rodin
Katie Rodin serves as the Assistant General Counsel of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. She also serves as Assistant General Counsel for Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (manager of the Honda Center) and The Rinks (operator of roller and ice rink facilities in Orange County). Particularly, her work includes drafting and negotiating sponsorship agreements, premium seating agreements, concession agreements, ticketing agreements, event agreements, managing litigation, handling real estate matters and providing legal counsel to the executives and staff the Ducks, Honda Center and The Rinks. Previously, she worked for a local law firm that specializes in real estate litigation and serves as general counsel to a number of companies located in Southern California.
Katie her B.S. in business administration from Chapman University and is a graduate of Chapman School of Law. She is an active member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, serves as the Chair Emeritus of the ACC Sports and Entertainment Committee and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee of an Orange County-based non-profit organization, Taller San Jose.
+ - J.D. Sanchez
J.D. Sanchez is an adjunct professor at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law.
+ - Cameron Weiss
Cameron Weiss is co-founder and partner of Empire Athletes. Mr. Weiss is a NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and California attorney. He has been in the business since 2009, gaining certification last year and becoming one of the very few first-year agents to have a player drafted. In addition to the representation side, he has advised players in a variety of capacities, including in the legal and marketing arenas.
Mr. Weiss earned his JD degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.S. in business administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
+ - Alex Winsberg
Alex Winsberg is the Director of Legal Affairs and Risk Management for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is responsible for all of the legal matters relating to Angels Baseball, the Angels Baseball Foundation, and KLAA AM830, the Angels’ flagship radio station. In addition to handling the day-to-day legal needs of his clients, Mr. Winsberg drafts and negotiates contracts with sponsors, vendors, employees, broadcast licensees, concessionaire, labor unions, and many other vendors. He provides strategic legal and business advice in across a multitude of areas and oversees and administers many organization-wide issues.
Mr. Winsberg earned a dual B.A. in political science and history from the University of California, Riverside. He also earned his JD from the Tulane University School of Law, and now serves on the Tulane University Sports Law Advisory Board and Advisory Board for the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Business Emphasis Program.
+ - Brian Yates
Brian Yates is an associate in the Litigation Department and Sports Law Group of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP. Mr. Yates represents clients in high-profile litigation ranging from copyright infringement and breach of contract to royalty disputes and film financing. Representative clients include Universal Music Group, Key Brand Entertainment, Aramid Entertainment Fund, Coca-Cola, Morgan Creek Productions, Kevin Costner, TIG Films and Cloud Ten International. In addition to his litigation experience, he advises companies and individuals on issues such as copyright ownership, fair use, clearances, recording agreements, and all types of agreements related to the production of motion pictures and television.
Mr. Yates also represents sports industry clients, such as Quiksilver and the Los Angeles Lakers, in connection with a broad range of issues including compliance with league rules and international, federal and state laws governing promotions, contests and sweepstakes, liability issues, sponsorship agreements and athlete agreements. He has also represented Major League Baseball teams including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds in player salary arbitrations and contract negotiations.