Global Entertainment & Sports Law + Industry Conference

Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, 2022
"Miami on the Rise"

The conference is presented by the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law at the University of Miami School of Law.

Approved Florida CLE Credits:
13.5 general credit hours, including 1.0 Bias Elimination & 2.5 Technology

Certifications include:
13.5 credits in Business Litigation and 1.0 credits in International Law & International Arbitration



Thursday, April 7, 2022

8:30 - 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 - 9:10 AM

Opening Remarks

9:10 - 10:10 AM

Building Stadiums Block-by-Blockchain: The New Wave of Stadium Sponsorships and Fan Engagement

Marcia Narine Weldon- Director, Transactional Skills Program; Faculty Coordinator, Business Compliance & Sustainability Concentration; Lecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law

Brandon Briggs, J.D. '15 - Deputy General Counsel, Inter Miami CF
Aaron Caputo, LLM '20 - Executive Director of Legal and Client Services, The Superlative Group
Karista N. Vaeth - Associate Counsel, FTX
Krista Whitaker - Senior Associate Counsel, Miami Heat

10:15 - 11:15 AM

Advising the Student-Athlete: An “NIL” Simulation 

Peter Carfagna - Chairman/CEO, Magis, LLC and Co-Director, Sports Law Track, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M at the University of Miami School of Law

Darren Heitner - Founder & Attorney, Heitner Legal
Kim Miale - General Counsel & NFL Agent, Roc Nation Sports
Kirby Porter - Founder, NewGame Labs
Evan Shirreffs - Managing Director, ppl strategy; Former UM Quarterback

Breaking the Subtitle Barrier: Foreign Content in the Domestic Market

Hernan Pantaleon - Founder & Attorney, Hernan Pantaleon Abogados and Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law

Robert “Bob” Darwell - Senior Partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, Sheppard Mullin

Javiera Balmaceda - Head of Local Originals, Amazon Spanish Speaking Latin America


11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch Break
12:00 - 1:00 PM

E-Sports in South Florida: A Keynote Discussion with Misfits Gaming

Devang Desai - Partner, Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo; President, University of Miami Alumni Association

Laurie Silvers, J.D. '77 -  Founder, Misfits Gaming
Ben Spoont - Chief Executive Officer, Misfits Gaming

1:20 - 2:20 PM

Hot Topics for NBA Counsel

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

Scott Wilkinson - Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Atlanta Hawks
Richard Haddad - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Legal Officer, Detroit Pistons
Ben Lauritsen - Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Portland Trailblazers

2:25 - 3:25 PM

The Hoffman Forum Presents:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Discussion with Women Leaders in Entertainment & Sports

Ivy Kagan Bierman -  Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP & Director, Entertainment Track, Miami Law Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M

Christine Simmons - COO of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
Ruth Riley - TV Studio & Radio Analyst, Miami Heat
Niza Motola - Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Employment and Litigation at Univision
Erika Estrada Boden - Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Victoria Croy - Director of Culture and Inclusion, Jacksonville Jaguars

3:30 - 4:25 PM

The Broadcaster and the Agent

Co- Moderators
Greg Levy, J.D. '10 - Associate Dean Law Academic & Student Services and Strategic Initiatives; Director, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M.
Lily Fontenot - J.D./LL.M. Candidate '22; President, Entertainment & Sports Law Society

Maury Gostfrand, J.D. '95 - Partner & Executive Vice President, The Montag Group
Jonathan Vilma - NFL Analyst, Fox Sports & Former NFL Player & Alumnus, University of Miami

4:30 - 5:30 PM

Miami 2030: A Keynote with Entertainment and Hospitality Mogul David Grutman 

David Grutman - Owner, Groot Hospitality

Vivek Jayaram - Founder & President, Jayaram Law

5:30 - 6:30 PM Networking Reception

Friday, April 8, 2022

9:15 - 9:30 AM 

Welcome Remarks

9:30 - 10:10 AM

Game Time: A Keynote Discussion with Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza

Stephen Espinoza - President, Sports and Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. 

Gwen Marcus - Distinguished Practitioner and Advisor, Entertainment Track, Miami Law Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M & Former Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Showtime Networks Inc.

10:15 - 10:55 AM

Art Coffee Talk - The Underline & Efforts to Radically Reshape Miami’s Public Art Space

Allison Freidin, J.D. '10 - Co-Founder and General Counsel, Museum of Graffiti

Daniel Balmori - Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells
Steven Wernick - Managing Partner, Wernick & Co., and Adjunct Professor of University of Miami’s School of Architecture

11:00 - 11:40 AM

Entertainment Coffee Talk - Music Catalog Sales and Acquisitions 

Serona Elton - Director of the Music Industry Program, and Associate Dean of Administration at the University of Miami Frost School of Music

Mike Olsen - Of Counsel, Smith Entertainment Law Group, LLP and Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
Henry Root - Partner, Smith Entertainment Law Group LLP and Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law

11:45 - 12:45 PM

Formula 1: Racing Towards the Miami Grand Prix

Myles Pistorius - Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M., Senior VP and General Counsel, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium

Brandon Peck, J.D. '18 - Manager, Legal Affairs, F1 Miami Grand Prix
Marcus Bach-Armas - Senior Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium
Gabe Elias - Senior Staff Mechanical Design Engineer, Rivian

Influential Insights: How Influencers are Keeping up with Social Media

Danielle Garno - Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M., Partner, Holland & Knight

Amanda Gluck (@fashionablehostess) - Creator, Blogger,
and Entrepreneur 
Christie Ferrari (@christie_ferrari) - Clinical Psychologist
and Blogger
Stacy Marcus - Partner, Reed Smith, Influencers and Unions

12:45 - 1:00 PM Break
1:00 - 1:15 PM

Honoring Outstanding University of Miami School of Law
Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. Students


Patricia D. White Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Scholarship
Alyssa D. Levy & Catherine Perez

Dean’s Writing Prize Award in Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law
Sydney N. Landers

Morris, Beatrice, Lewis, Peter and Joseph Weinberger Endowed Scholarship at the University of Miami School of Law
Max J. Budowsky

 1:15 - 2:15 PM

The Hoffman Forum Presents:
A Conversation with Oscar's COO Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons - COO of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

2:15 - 3:30 PM

Streaming Wars

Andres Sawicki - University of Miami Professor of Law; Director, Business of Innovation, Law, & Technology (BILT) Concentration

Heather Moosnick - former Head of Content Acquisition for Hulu, YouTube TV and YouTube Music,
Board Member of Mediawan and Leonine Studios

Darin Bassin - Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Development, Paramount Streaming Group

Greg Norman - Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Sony Music Entertainment

3:30 - 3:40 PM

Closing Remarks

Unique Conference Experience

The University of Miami Law School partnered with mintED to offer a unique experience for the 2022 Global Entertainment and Sports Law + Industry Conference: Miami on the Rise. All participants, in-person and virtual, were eligible to receive a free NFT to commemorate the event. Participants could also purchase two special-edition NFTs created by Local Miami artist, Delvs.

NFT holders can use their token to claim raffle tickets to win prizes generously donated by the Museum of Graffiti and the Miami Marlins. [The free/premium NFTs can be accessed via this site:] The mintED team will be onsite and online to support participants in claiming the NFT, simply visit their booth at the event or send them an email ( or DM on Twitter.

Delvs is a self-taught muralist and illustrator with strong Miami roots known for her brightly colored and bold female characters that represent the strong Latina women from her Miami upbringing.  mintED is an NYC-based startup passionate about technology, innovation and Higher Education. The team is on a mission to onboard the next generation to web3 by providing unique digital assets to commemorate the University experience. 

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