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Education & Experience Overview


EXPERIENCE

Private Practice, Orlando, FL
Attorney at Law

  • Supreme Court of Florida; Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Mediation
  • Drafting and Negotiating Management, Crew and Talent Contracts
    (Including: Music, Film, Television, Print, Commercial and Publishing)
  • Reviewing, Negotiating and Drafting Record Label Contracts
  • Negotiating Blanket Deals with ASCAP and BMI
  • Negotiating and Reviewing Distribution Agreements
  • Acquisition of Trademarks and Copyrights
  • Music Licensing for Film and Video Games
  • Negotiating and Drafting Product Placement Agreements
  • Negotiating Synchronization Licenses
  • Acquisition of Permits for Filming
  • Setting Up Business Entities
  • SAG Negotiations
  • Acquiring, Drafting, and Negotiating Music and Book Publishing Deals
  • Union Relations
  • Copyright Registration and Dispute Issues
  • Settling Credit Disputes
  • General Contract Development and Review
  • General Business Management
  • Tort Litigation
  • Developing Wills
  • F.M.P.T.A., F.C.C.A. (Board Counsel), F.A.B,  and E.A.S.L. Affiliations
  • American Bar Association

Florida Bar
Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Section Legislative Chair

  • Report Laws Affecting the Arts in Florida
  • Facilitate Development of the Arts in Florida
  • Represent the Interests of Artists, Managers, Agents, and Attorneys
  • Organize Lobbying Volunteers
Gavel Entertainment Company, Miami, Florida
Publicity and Artist Management
  • Developed Marketing Strategies
  • Drafted Artist/Management Contract
  • Find and Publicize Talent
  • Music Video Development
  • Advise President and Vice President on Entertainment Industry Issues
  • Trademark Issues
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver City, California
Legal Intern for Robert Holmes, Executive Vice President, Music Group
  • Reviewed Deals Involving Writers, Artists, Producers,
    Music Supervisors and Music Publishers
  • Researched Copyright Issues
  • Reviewed and Redrafted Master Use and Synchronization Licenses
  • Developed Spread Sheets of Monetary Disbursements for
    Music Licenses in Film
  • Drafted Copyright Schedule
  • Drafted Responses in Settlement Negotiations
  • Drafted Contract Summaries
  • Royalty Spreadsheets
  • Abstracted Future Soundtrack Album Deals
  • Dealt with Internet Copyright Issues
BMG U.S. Latin, Miami, Florida
Legal Intern for Leslie J. Zigel
  • Developed Artist Contract Summaries
  • Developed Option Contract Schedule
  • Maintained Copyright Database
  • Reviewed Artist, Music Publishing and Music Licensing Contracts
Christopher R. Qualmann, P.A., Orlando, Florida
Legal Research Assistant
  • Conducted Research for Entertainment Law Firm
  • Assisted in Contract Negotiation for an On-Air Host
  • Assisted in Criminal Case for High Profile Entertainers
  • Prepared Petitions for Ratification of Minor’s Contracts
  • Dealt with High Profile Entertainers

EDUCATION

Dispute Resolution, Inc.
Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediation Training

Rollins College Crummer Business School, Orlando, FL
MBA

  • Presidents List
  • Dean’s List
  • New Group Venture Plan Competition Winner
University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL
Juris Doctorate
  • President Entertainment Sports Law Society (1999-2001)
  • Dean’s List
  • Honor Council
  • Litigation Skills
  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students (2 years)
  • American Bar Association
Florida State University
Bachelor of Science in Communication; Minor Pre-Law; Emphasis Political Science
  • Dean’s List
  • Student Government
  • Kappa Delta Public Relations Chair
SKILLS
Mediation, Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, Public Speaking, Public Relations, Excel and Word. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
I am currently licensed to practice in both Florida and California.  Additionally, I intend to waive into the Washington D.C. Bar.  I am also a certified Circuit Civil Mediator. 

 
 

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Entertainment Law

Wikipedia Definition:
Entertainment law or media law is a term for a mix of more traditional categories of law with a focus on providing legal services to the entertainment industry.

The principal areas of Entertainment Law overlap substantially with the well-known and conventional field of intellectual property law. But generally speaking the practice of entertainment law often involves questions of agency, business and corporate law, defamation (liable and slander), employment law,immigration, insurance law, international, intellectual property (especially trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, and patents), labor law, partnership, the right of publicity, security interests, and securities law. Much of the work of an entertainment law practice is transaction based, i.e. drafting contracts, negotiation and mediation.

Some situations may lead to litigation, mediation or arbitration. Entertainment law is generally sub-divided into areas related to the types of activities that have their own specific trade unions, production techniques, rules, customs, case law, and negotiation strategies.

 
 
 
 

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