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Executive Committee Members


Ian C. Ballon, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig LLP, represents companies in complex Internet and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He is also the author of the 4-volume legal treatise, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Legal Treatise with Forms, 2d Edition (West 2009), which was originally published in 2001 and is the leading treatise in the field, The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008), and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (2009). In addition, Mr. Ballon serves as the Executive Director of Stanford University Law School's Center for E-Commerce. Mr. Ballon was recognized by The Daily Journal in 2009 for obtaining the third largest plaintiff's verdict in California in 2008 in MySpace, Inc. v. Wallace ($230 million). He was also named by The Daily Journal as one of the top 75 intellectual property litigators in California in 2009 and one of the top 100 lawyers in California in late 2008.

Allison S. Brehm is an attorney at the law firm of White O'Connor Fink & Brenner LLP, where she has practiced entertainment litigation since 2002. Allison's practice has included a variety of cases on behalf of entertainment clients, including copyright, trademark, defamation, right of privacy, breach of contract, and idea submission cases. Allison also performs pro bono services for The Alliance for Children's Rights and Public Counsel. Allison has been a member of IPELS since 2003, and has served on the Executive Committee since 2004.

Susan Cleary is the Vice President & General Counsel of the Independent Film & Television Alliance and focuses on international licensing and new media. A member of both the California and District of Columbia Bar Associations, Ms. Cleary has served on the IPELS Executive Committee since 1995 and as Section Chairman in 2002-2003. Ms. Cleary is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, where she serves on the Advisory Committee of the Donald Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute and in 2007, co-authored Developing an Internet and Wireless License Agreement for Motion Pictures and Television Programming which was published in the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law.

Donald G (Don) Davis is a Securities Lawyer, with special expertise in the public and private funding of Entertainment Companies, Projects, Syndications, Partnerships, and SEC matters, as they pertain to Entertainment Clients. A former big firm lawyer, now in a Group Practice, he brings 40 years of experience to bear on "Financing" and Securities Law Transactions. AV rated, a Southern California Super Lawyer, a former Law Professor, and a former Chair for the Corporate and Securities Law Section of the LACBA, he brings a wealth of experience and relationships to bear on a client's business and issues. website: Securities-attys.com.

Rob Dickerson is a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and head of its Intellectual Property section in Los Angeles. He has over 30 years experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including many trials in state and federal courts throughout the country, and in the International Trade Commission, primarily involving patent and trademark matters. He has been a member of the IPELS Executive Committee since 2002.

Jay Dougherty is a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and special counsel to Kaye Scholer LLP. A former adjunct at USC Law Center and President of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, Dougherty has practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for over twenty years, including with Paul Weiss in NYC, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in L.A., MGM/UA, 20th Century Fox, Morgan Creek, and Turner Broadcasting.

Currently co-editor in chief of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., he speaks and writes frequently on copyright, right of publicity and other entertainment law topics.

Tanya L. Forsheit is a member of the InfoSecCompliance LLC law firm; she is based in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining InfoSecCompliance in August 2009, she was the Co-Chair of Proskauer Rose LLP's Privacy and Data Security practice group, where she launched the Firm's Privacy Law Blog in 2007. Certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Tanya works with clients to address legal requirements and best practices for protection of customer and employee information. She also has extensive experience handling complex commercial and appellate litigation for corporate and individual clients before federal and state courts at all levels. In 2009, she was named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal's Top 100 women litigators in California..

Ben Hattenbach is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and pre-litigation counseling, with a particular emphasis on the trial of patent infringement matters.

Jonathan A. Hyman is a partner in Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear's Los Angeles office. Mr. Hyman's practice includes domestic and foreign trademark enforcement, prosecution, and clearance, ex parte and inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, intellectual property licensing, copyrights, rights of publicity, domain names and ICANN proceedings, entertainment law, and client counseling. He also frequently conducts in-house seminars to assist clients in managing and protecting trademark portfolios. Mr. Hyman represents clients in a wide range of industries and fields, including apparel, food and beverages, entertainment, sports, retail, technology, medical devices, software and e-commerce.

Jeff Kichaven is a full-time professional mediator, with a particular emphasis on Entertainment and Intellectual Property disputes. He has been named to the Hollywood Reporter's list of Top Entertainment Mediators. In 2006, he was named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year in ADR, and in 2007, he taught the Master Class for Mediators for his Alma Mater, Harvard Law School.

Sally Koenig is a transactional music and entertainment lawyer with 17 years of experience in deal structuring and negotiations. Sally has represented and advised numerous recording artists, record labels, music publishers, record producers, managers, filmmakers, writers, advertising agencies, Internet and e-commerce companies, entertainment industry executives other business entities and rights holders, in a wide variety of business matters. Sally has served on the IPELS Executive Committee since 1994 and served as Section Chair from 2007-2008.

James M. Lichtman ("Jamie") is Senior Vice President of Litigation and Policy at NBC Universal. His practice includes a wide variety of news-related and entertainment disputes, such as disputes involving copyright, trademark, idea theft, media access, reporters' shield, defamation, right to privacy, right of publicity, entertainment contracts, profit participation, talent disputes, employment, and general commercial disputes. He has served on the IPELS Executive Committee since 2000 and served as Chair from 2007-2008. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and on the Board of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.

Elena Muravina is Of Counsel to the entertainment law firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, LLP where she specializes in intellectual property and entertainment law areas, with a particular focus on film transactions with Russia. Elena also serves in an executive capacity with Ren Media Group/Mini Movie Channel (minimovie.com), a media company engaged in the Internet, film and television production and distribution.

Louise Nemschoff is a sole practitioner of entertainment and intellectual property law, with offices in Los Angeles.; She represents a wide range of parties in domestic and international transactions in film, television, digital media (including video games, Internet and mobile), music, animation, comic books, and other publishing.; Ms. Nemschoff has published a number of articles and spoken extensively, both in the United States and Europe, on various aspects of copyright and film finance and distribution. She is a long-time member and former Chair of the LACBA Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Michele Plescia-Schultz is an entertainment attorney who has worked for several major studios and production companies, including Columbia Pictures (where she was a Vice President of Features Legal for 13 years), DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, and Summit Entertainment. Her specialty is feature film development and production. She currently splits her time between legal and business affairs consulting and writing screenplays.

Wendy J. Ray is an intellectual property litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Wendy has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation, from pre-filing investigation and the commencement of litigation through discovery, motion practice, trial and appeal. She has successfully tried numerous cases to juries and argued on behalf of clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts. In addition to handling patent, copyright and trademark cases, Wendy has represented clients in unfair competition, trade secret, class action and antitrust cases.

Shahrokh Sheik, Associate Counsel, Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). Shahrokh administers IFTA's intellectual property portfolio, including trademark and copyright registration, licensing and enforcement. He also handles the company's new media and anti-piracy resources as well as its international royalty collections and domestic and international advocacy activities. Prior to IFTA, Shahrokh was an Associate at the entertainment litigation firm Lopez and Associates. Shahrokh graduated from Southwestern University School of Law where served as Associate Editor on the University's Law Review, Research Assistant to Professor Robert C. Lind, and President of the Student Bar Association. He also served as Judicial Extern for the Honorable Charles W. McCoy, Jr., and as Editor on the University's International Media & Entertainment Law Journal.

Paul D. Supnik practices copyright, trademark, entertainment law and related litigation in Beverly Hills. He is a past chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section as well as of the International Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Supnik is a past president of the Los Angeles Copyright Society and a former Chair of the Los Angeles Lawyer editorial board. He authored the chapter "Copyright Infringement" in the California Continuing Education of the Bar book, Proof in Competitive Business Litigation. Mr. Supnik served on the editorial board of the International Trademark Association's The Trademark Reporter. He is an arbitrator on the Independent Film and Television Alliance International Arbitration Tribunal panel. He is currently an adjunct associate professor of law at Southwestern Law School. A native of San Diego, Mr. Supnik graduated from Hastings College of the Law and received his B.S. from UCLA.

Kevin L. Vick is an attorney at the law firm of Bostwick & Jassy LLP. His practice focuses on complex business litigation matters in federal and state court, with a particular emphasis on media, entertainment, and intellectual property litigation.

Jennifer L. Webber is an associate with the firm Fulwider Patton LLP practicing intellectual property law. Jennifer's practice includes trademark and copyright prosecution and intellectual property litigation in federal and state court.

Karen Vogel Weil is a partner in the firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear. She handles all types of intellectual property litigation and appeals in federal and state court and in the U.S. International Trade Commission. She has served on the IPELS Executive Committee since 2003 and served as Chair from 2008-2009.

Jennifer L. Webber is an associate with the firm Fulwider Patton LLP practicing intellectual property law. Jennifer's practice includes trademark and copyright prosecution and intellectual property litigation in federal and state court.

Donna Wells is currently practicing labor, employment and civil rights law litigation as well as counseling municipalities and public employees on labor issues.

Previously, she was General Counsel at FilmL.A., Inc., the nonprofit that coordinates permitting and monitoring of on-location filming for the City and County of Los Angeles. Before that, as Director of Government Relations for the Motion Picture Association of America, she analyzed legislation for the entertainment industry and advocated for film production studios.

Wells is a graduate of UCLA Law School, and serves on the boards of Impact Personal Safety, and the Institute for Corporate Counsel, and on the executive committee of the LACBA Corporate Law Departments section.

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