Global Entertainment & Sports Law + Industry Conference

Presented by the University of Miami's Entertainment and Sports Law Society
and the LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law

Thursday & Friday, April 4 & 5, 2019

Donna E. Shalala Center, University of Miami
1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146


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Topics to include:

Hot Topics Facing NFL General Counsels
Stadium and Venue Financing and Development
View from the NBA Front Office
NCAA Amateurism and Pay to Play 

Distribution, Streaming, and New Media
The Current State of the Music Industry
Representing Artists of the Next Generations

Business / Technology
Taxation of International Transfers and Contracts
Innovation in the Entertainment and Sports Industries
The Role of Technology and Venture Capital


 Thursday, April 4th

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Innovation Insight Speaker Series

Andrew Brandt, Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law and Professor of Practice, Villanova School of Law
Ashley Juchawski Rich, Attorney at DLA Piper and Member of DLA Piper's NEST Program (Nextgen Environment for Startups)
Leslie Zigel, Chair, Entertainment, Media & Technology Industry Group and Partner, Greenspoon Marder 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Entertainment Litigation Update

Richard Wolfe, Managing Partner, Wolfe Law

Bryan Caplan, Partner, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC
Christine Lepera, Partner & Co-Chair of Entertainment and IP Litigation Practice Group, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Paul LiCalsi, Partner & Co-Chair of Entertainment and Media Group, Robins Kaplan
Edwin McPherson, Partner, McPherson Rane LLP


The Future of Sports Analytics (Presented by University of Miami Business School)

Brian MacDonald, Principal Consultant, GreaterThanPlusMinus LLC and Adjunct Professor, University of Miami Business School

Sunny Mehta, Former Director of Hockey Analytics, New Jersey Devils
Tom Pasquali, Coordinator, Football Administration/Strategic Planning, Miami Dolphins
Michael Schuckers, Dana Professor of Statistics, St. Lawrence University, and CoFounder, Statistical Sports Consulting, LLC

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Keynote:
Representing Artists of the Next Generations

Carolina Jayaram, President, CGJ Consulting

Vivek Jayaram, Founder and Managing Partner, Jayaram Law
Dennis Scholl, President and CEO, Oolite Arts
Ahol Sniffs Glue, Artist

1:20 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
NCAA Amateurism and Pay to Play

Peter Carfargna, Chairman and CEO of Magis, LLC and Visiting Professor and Director of Sports Track at University of Miami School of Law

Rick Chryst, Senior Vice President/Of Counsel, Dietz Sports & Entertainment
Mike Martin, Financial Advisor, Wealth Strategies Financial Group and Retired NFL Player 
Justin Sievert, Partner, Sievert Werly
Marc Weinroth, Associate, Jones Day

2:25 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Tech, Venture Capital, and the Evolution of the Entertainment and Sport Industries

Harold Flegelman, Director of the Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, University of Miami School of Law

Grant Cohen, Co-Founder, FANchise and Chief Product Officer, Fan Controlled Football League
Jenn Greenberg, Senior Licensing Counsel, Magic Leap
Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel and Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Spotify
Thomas Lee, Director of Greenlit Content, Advisor of the Kinekt Group, LLC, Vice President of Thomas and Friends Contracting
Margaret Marshall, Senior Practice Group Attorney, Greenberg Traurig

3:40 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Issues Facing In-House Team Counsels

John Ruzich, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Legal Officer, Legends

Marcus Bach-Armas, Senior Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium
Todd Davis, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Los Angeles Rams
Steve Weinreich, Vice President & General Counsel, Minnesota Wild

4:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
A View from the NBA Front Office

Andres Sawicki, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Ted Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Minnesota Timberwolves
Joe Pierce, Vice President and General Counsel, Charlotte Hornets
Steve Silton, Member, Cozen O'Connor
Vered Yakovee, Vice President/Associate General Counsel, Miami Heat

Networking Reception at the Shalala Center, University of Miami, open to all speakers and symposium attendees.

 Friday, April 5th

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
A Fireside Chat with ESPN's Ryan Smith

Osamudia James, Vice Dean & Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law 

Ryan Smith, Host, ESPN Outside the Lines and Correspondent & Legal Analyst, ESPN and ABC News

11:35 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Going Back to Yasgur’s Farm - Woodstock Redux - Rights, Licenses & Clearances 50 Years Later

Henry Root, Partner, Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP

Jeff Brabec, Senior Vice President Legal and Business Affairs, BMG
Todd Brabec, Former Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Membership for ASCAP, Adjunct Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music/Music Business Program
Mike Olsen, EVP, Operations and Business & Legal Affairs, Entertainment One
Stuart Silfen, Principal, Stuart Silfen P.C.


International Tax Planning for Athletes and Entertainers

Tony Argiz, Chairman, Chief Operation Officer, MBAF

Luis Fernando Pamplona Novaes, Master Partner, Nemez Kuhnen Avocacia
Kashyap Bakhai, Principal, MBAF
Shlomi Steve Levy, Partner, Levy Salis LLP

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Distribution, Streaming, and New Media

Jose Sariego, Partner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP

Glenn Dryfoos, EVP & General Counsel, Univision Networks & Studios
Sally Ng, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, NBC Universal Networks International
Greg Norman, Senior Director of Business & Legal Affairs, Sony Music Entertainment's Global Digital Business
Hernan Pantaleon, Founder of Hernan Pantaleon Abogados, Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law


Stadium and Venue Financing and Development

Adam Schlatner, Member, Cozen O'Connor

Irwin Raij, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Co-Chair of O’Melveny’s Sports Industry Group
Mark Rosentraub, Bruce and Joan Bickner Endowed Professor of Sport Management and Director, Center for Sport & Policy, University of Michigan
Matt Rossetti, Chief Architect of Serious Fun, ROSSETTI
Stephanie J. Toothaker, Director, Tripp Scott

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Athletes as Entrepreneurs

Charles H. Baker, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Co-Chair of O’Melveny’s Sports Industry Group

Roger Mason Jr., Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Vaunt and Retired NBA Player
Rudy Cline-Thomas, Founder & Managing Partner, Mastry Inc.

4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Featuring top industry leaders from companies, sport organizations and law firms:

Companies of Conference Speakers

Registration Fees and CLE

Attorney & Community General Admission (CLE included): $150.00
University of Miami Young Alumni (2009-2019): $100.00
Students (Non University of Miami Students): $75.00
Students, Faculty & Staff (University of Miami ONLY): FREE

CLE APPROVED: 13.0 Florida CLE credits, including 1  technology

Certifications include:
13.0 credits in: Business Litigation, Civil Trial and Intellectual Property Law
1.5 credits in: International Law, International Litigation & Arbitration and Tax Law

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Conference Sponsors

Miami Law brand UM Athletics LAFAC
Copyright Society Cozen O'Connor
JAMS Paydirt NFL Representation  

Thank you to the The Larry Hoffman|Greenberg Traurig Startup Practicum for its generous support.

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