Your Inroad to the Entertainment and Sports Law Industries
With Miami as a critical force in the entertainment industry, our location is ideal for making great connections. Law students’ externship and networking opportunities are enriched by interaction with nearby industry titans such as Viacom, Disney, Sony, Universal Music, CAA, HBO, BBC, ESPN and Discovery Channel. In addition:
- The greater Miami area is also a vital player in the sports industry, being home to four major professional sports franchises (the Miami Dolphins, the Miami Marlins, the Miami Heat and the Florida Panthers), as well as the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The Miami Hurricane’s sports teams are big players in college sports as well.
- Miami is a hub for TV, film, and the Hispanic media industry including Telemundo and Univision.
• For international arts, Miami boasts everything from Ultra Music Festival to Miami City Ballet to Art Basel to Perez Art Museum.
Top 15 U.S. law School for Music Law – Billboard Magazine in 2019 and 2017
Top 10 worldwide for Sports Law – llmguide 2020
Top 10 worldwide for Entertainment/Media Law - llmguide 2020
Top 10 in U.S. for Sports Law - College Magazine, November, 2020
What Does it Mean to Practice Sports, Arts or Entertainment Law?
In this online chat for prospective students, expert Miami Law faculty Steven Urice, Harold Flegelman and Peter Carfagna, give an overview of what it means to practice in the sports, entertainment or arts law fields.
In essence, though "entertainment law," "arts law," and “sports law” may sound niche, they are actually broad industries crossing many areas of law and require lawyers to have a wide range of legal expertise to represent their clients effectively.
Although many consider intellectual property law as the core of law practice in these areas, contracts, labor, antitrust, tax, media law, real estate, estate planning, immigration and litigation can also come into play.
Course Offerings in these Areas
Miami Law offers a unique blend of both subject-specific and broader courses that prepare our students for employment in these fields. Some of these courses/seminars/workshops Miami Law offers include:
Joint Degree Options & Honors Early Admission
Joint JD/LLM in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
The University of Miami School of Law is the only law school in the world that offers a combined J.D./LL.M. joint degree program focused on the entertainment, arts and sports industries (EASL). This program responds directly to the increasing need for lawyers who are prepared immediately to practice as these areas continue to expand, intersect and converge.
Honors Early Admission for Prospective Law Students
The J.D./LL.M. program may offer early acceptance to J.D. candidates with very strong credentials and relevant experience/demonstrated interest.
J.D. applicants who indicate an interest in these fields may be contacted for entry into the EASL program’s "Honors/Early Admission Track," and if accepted it would enable completing the J.D. and the LL.M. with only one extra term of study. If interested, be sure to select "JD/LLM: Entertainment, Arts, Sports Law" joint degree as an area of interest on the J.D. application.
Joint JD/Masters program in Music Business
Miami Law also offers the unique joint degree – the J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries – the first of its kind in the country with the University of Miami's Frost School of Music ranked as one of the top music business schools by Billboard Magazine.
Joint J.D./Masters program in LIve Performance Management
For those interested more in the concert and performance arenas, there is the J.D./M.A. – Master in Arts Presenting & Live Entertainment Management with the Frost School of Music
Resident and visiting professors have come to Miami Law to teach unique courses in the areas of Sports and Entertainment, and many faculty also teach in the graduate LL.M. program.
Peter Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate. He also served as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG) and before that was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP where he worked as outside counsel to the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers’ ownership groups. He is also a Co-Director of the Sports Law Track in Miami Law's LL.M. program.
Harold A. Flegelman was a partner in the Corporate Department and Co-Chair of the Corporate Media and Entertainment Practice Group at Loeb and Loeb. While in private practice, he was engaged principally in advising clients in all legal and business aspects of the entertainment and media industries, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, venture capital, debt and equity financings, restructurings, business planning, executive employment arrangements and general corporate representation. He is a Lecturer in Law and Director of the Entertainment Law track in Miami Law's LL.M. program.
Dean and Professor Lili Levi teaches copyright law and international copyright law, defamation and privacy law; and prior thereto, was Broadcast Counsel at CBS, Inc. Her scholarship focuses on media and communications law.
Hernán Pantaleón - Over 20 years' experience in art, entertainment, mergers & acquisitions, banking and finance; teaches courses on Legal Aspects of TV Production in Latin America and Doing Business in Latin America.
Professor Stephen Urice, a preeminent legal authority in art and museum law. He is a co-author of the standard art law casebook Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts. He has served as counsel and acting director of the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles and served as director of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. He directed the national culture program at The Pew Charitable Trusts before returning full-time to teaching and writing. He is the Director for the Arts Law track in Miami Law's LL.M. program.
Professor of Law and Dean Emertia Patricia White served as tax advisor to the Economic Study Committee of Major League Baseball and has also served on the NCAA Compliance Committee for the University of Utah. She is a Co-Director of the Sports Law Track in Miami Law's LL.M. program.
See Additional Faculty Who Have Taught in the Area
Charles Baker - is Co-Chair of O’Melveny’s Sports Industry Group. Chuck's corporate practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital transactions, with a core focus in the sports, media and consumer sectors.
Ivy Kagan Bierman – Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles and one of a select few entertainment industry labor lawyers looked to for representation in guild and union matters. She was recently selected by the Beverly Hills Bar Association as the “2015 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.”
Michael Cheah – General Counsel of Vimeo, one of the premiere video-sharing websites. Responsible for leading the company’s public policy and legal compliance efforts.
Ana Francois - Faculty member at University of Miami School of Communication, Francois specializes in media management issues such as startups, rights management and valuations.
Mansour Ghomeshi - IP expert and VP and General Counsel at 360fly; previously lead IP counsel at Motorola and teaches course on Intellectual Property, Transactions and Negotiations.
Vivek Jayaram - Intellectual property expert with years of experience handling complex IP and general business disputes for U.S. companies in state and federal courts and for several foreign businesses.
Oliver Luck - is the NCAA’s first executive vice president of regulatory affairs and oversees all NCAA regulatory functions – enforcement, academic and membership affairs, and the eligibility center.
Michael Kelly - Practiced anti-trust law for 30 years and teaches in the areas of Antitrust Law and Sports Law.
Michael Olsen - Senior Vice President for Business Development at IndieBlu Music.
Irwin Raij - partner in O'Melveny's Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Sports Industry Group. Raij has extensive experience throughout the sports industry, representing buyers and sellers of professional sports teams, guiding stadium development projects, and negotiating licensing, advertising, and media rights agreements.
Henry W. Root - partner at Lapidus, Root & Sachrow, LLP with 30+ years of legal and business affairs experience in the entertainment, music, television and media industries.
Jose Sariego - International corporate and entertainment lawyer with more than 25 years experience, was SVP– Business & Legal Affairs for Telemundo Media; previously SVP at HBO Latin America.
Adam J. Schlatner - Attorney at Cozen O-Connor who co-teaches course on Representing the Professional Sports Franchise; expert in complex commercial litigation.
Steven Silton – Partner at Cozen O’Connor LLP in Minneapolis. Represents sports leagues, franchises, club owners and athletes.
Christine J. Vincent - Project Director for The Aspen Institute's Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative who advises private foundations and nonprofits and educational institutions.
Jaime Vining – Teaches Trademark and Advanced Trademark Law, and named a “rising Star” by Florida’s Super Lawyer Magazine since 2009.
Sampling of Past Internships/Externships:
|Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
AEG Live (Los Angeles, CA)
Charlotte Hornets (Charlotte, NC)
Complex Media (New York, NY)
Danziger, Danziger & Muro, LLP (New York, NY)
David M. Ehrlich & Associates, P.C. (New York, NY)
DC United (Washington, DC)
Goldberg Segalla (Buffalo, NY)
HBO Latin America
Heitner Legal (Miami, FL)
Inter Miami CF
Janine Small, PLLC (New York, NY)
Legends (New York, NY)
Magic Leap (Plantation, FL)
Miami Dolphins Legal Department
Minnesota Vikings (Minneapolis, MN)
Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council (Washington, DC)
NBC Sports Group (Stamford, CT)
NBC Universal Global Networks International
NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises
Odyssey Sports Group (Salt Lake City, UT)
OHL North America (College Point, NY)
Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
Recording Industry Association of America (Washington, DC)
Roc Nation Sports (New York, NY)
Sony Music (New York, NY)
Steinberg Sports & Entertainment
Talented Tenth Firm
Tapestry, Inc. - Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman (New York, NY)
The Davis Firm (New York, NY)
The Society Management (New York, NY)
THINK450 (New York, NY)
TSL Global Productions
UFC (Las Vegas, NV)
Ultra Music Festival
United Soccer League
Universal Orlando (Orlando, FL)
UM Athletic Department
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Music Group
Williams and Floyd, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
The Miami Law Network
Miami Law has prominent alumni in the areas of entertainment and sports law. In addition, we bring relevant speakers to campus to talk on issues of the day.
Examples of Alumni
Dennis Curran, J.D. ’75 Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the NFL Management Council
Christopher Demos-Brown, J.D. ’94, Playwright "American Son"
Allison Freidin, J.D. '10, Co-Founder Museum of Graffiti
Fred Goldring, J.D. '82, Co-Founder Music Aficionado, Co-Founder, Incubrand Studios/AIB Sportsbrands, Co-Founder, GraphAudio
Horacio Gutierrez, J.D. '98, Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at Spotify; also Top Music Industry Lawyer, Billboard 2019
Aric Kurzman, J.D. ‘02, Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Christopher A. Marinello, JD '86 Executive Director of The Art Loss Register
Ed Newman, J.D. ‘87, Former Miami Dolphin and Current County Court Judge in Miami, Florida
Ken Pavia, J.D. ‘91, Sports Agent and MMA Consultant
Ana Maria Polo, J.D. ‘87, TV Personality Caso Cerrado, Telemundo
Simran Singh of Singh Singh and Trauben, Billboard 2019 Top Music Industry Lawyer
Laurie Silvers, J.D. 77 Founder of the SyFy Channel Founder, President Hollywood Media Corporation
Marc Trestman, J.D. ’82, former NFL coach and Head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL
Leslie José Zigel, JD ‘95 of Greenspoon Marder, Billboard 2019 Top Music Industry Lawyer
Past Guest Speakers Have Included:
Harvey Levin, TMZ Founder
DeMaurice Fitzgerald Smith, National Football League Players Association
Dave Grutman, Owner of Liv, Story and Komodo nightclubs
Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association
Five-time PGA-Tour-winning golfer Jason Dufner and his agent Ben Walter
Jeffrey Diamond, Former NFL Executive
Jerry Maguire’s real-life inspiration, Leigh Steinberg, one of the most successful agents in professional sports
Miami Law & Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE) Global Sports and Entertainment Law 1-Week Programs (Madrid, Spain and Miami, FL)
Art Law Centre of the University of Geneva summer course in International Cultural Heritage Law (Geneva, Switzerland)
Miami-Florence Sports Law Exchange Program (Florence, Italy and Miami, FL)
Entertainment and Sports Law Society: One of the most active student organizations on Miami Law's campus is the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. In 1997, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society hosted its first Entertainment and Sports Law Conference. Since then, the Conference has grown into a full-scale event where law students and professionals take part in a forum to discuss current legal issues in sports, entertainment, intellectual property, the arts, and the media.
Moot Court Competitions in Sports Law: Miami Law students in the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board have participated in the Tulane Professional Sports Negotiation Competitions: International Baseball Arbitration Competition, the Professional Football Negotiation Competition, and the Professional Basketball Negotiation Competition.
Global Entertainment + Sports Law Industry Conference: Since 1997, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society Conference has hosted this annual event. Since then, the Conference has grown into a full-scale event where law students and professionals take part in a forum to discuss current legal issues in sports, entertainment, intellectual property, the arts, and the media.
Hoffman Forum on Artist-Endowed Foundation Leadership: In collaboration with the University of Miami School of Law and the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative, this forum provides an annual opportunity for leaders from the worlds of the arts, sciences, law, politics, entertainment, sports, and business to meet in a structured setting to discuss timely and important public policy issues.
Dean White Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Scholarship
Dean’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Writing Prize