The Institute International Advisory Board

A number of Southwestern alumni and other successful leaders from the entertainment and media industries in the United States and other countries have joined the Institute's International Advisory Board.

They provide Southwestern with a tremendous wealth of experience and insights, which in turn, greatly enhances the Institute's ability to improve and expand its offerings. Board members are committed to involvement in the activities of the Institute and in recommending avenues for future pursuit. Current members include:

Kenneth J. Abdo

Partner, Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN
Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law

Tonik Barber

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
San Francisco, CA

David A. Basskin

President, Canadian Mechanical Rights Reproduction Agency
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A leading proponent of rights of songwriters and publishers

Miriam C. Beezy '86

Partner, Foley & Lardner
Los Angeles, CA
Former chief trademark counsel for The Walt Disney Company and affiliates worldwide

Sharon A. Bell '91

Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, USA Cable Entertainment
Universal City, CA

Robert C. Berry

Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Boston, MA

Jeff Biederman

Manatt Phelps & Phillips
Los Angeles, CA

David A. Braun

Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Los Angeles, CA

Andrew P. Bridges

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto, CA
Head of firm’s Trademarks and Advertising Practices Group; won case for Rio MP3 music player against Recording Industry Association of America

Susan Cleary '93

Vice President and General Counsel, Independent Film and Television Alliance and American Film Market, Chief Operating Officer, IFTA Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
Editor, IFTA MODEL INTERNATIONAL LICENSING AGREEMENTS; Past Chairman, Los Angeles County Bar Association Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section

Ken Dearsley

Partner, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary
London, England
Expert in film, television and music finance, production and distribution

George P. Eichen '78

Former Senior Vice President Business Affairs/General Counsel, MTV Networks
New York City, NY

Alan H. Feldstein

General Counsel, Starlight International
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Ronald Frohne

Partner, Norr Stiefenhofer & Lutz
Berlin/Munich, Germany

Ronald H. Gertz

President, Copyright Clearing House, Inc., 
 Burbank, CA

Jeanne A. Glasser

Vice President/General Counsel, Mona Lisa Sound, Inc.
New York, NY

Richard A. Green

Executive Vice President, EMI Christian Music
Nashville, TN

Bonnie L. Greenberg '78

Chairperson, Ocean Cities Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA

Jim Halsey

The Halsey Institute of Music and Entertainment Business
Tulsa, OK
Creator of a leading undergraduate music business program, Oklahoma State University; manager for Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Reba McIntyre, and other country/western musicians

Rex Heinke

Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Beverly Hills, CA
Past President, Los Angeles County Bar Association; Author of MEDIA LAW

Jon C. Hookstratten '84

Executive Vice President, Administration and Operations, NBC Enterprises
Burbank, CA
Division distributes NBC-owned entertainment, news, and sports programming to all media worldwide

Douglas P. Jacobs

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Court TV
New York, New York

Bruce J. Lazarus '86

Theatrical Producer
New York City, NY
Former Director of Business Affairs for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions Ltd. (Lion King, Beauty & the Beast); producer of award-winning Off-Broadway plays

Lee Levine

Partner, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, LLP
Washington, DC
Argued before U.S. Supreme Court on recent First Amendment issues; author of NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW

Gerald A. Margolis

Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Los Angeles, CA

Edwin F. McPherson

Partner, McPherson & Kalmansohn
Los Angeles, CA

Mike Michaelson

President, Mike Michaelson Associates
Washington, DC
Co-founder of C-SPAN

Giorgio Mondini

Partner, Studio Legale Mondini-Rusconi
Milan, Italy
Chair, AGICA - Cinema and Audiovisual Lawyers’ Association

James W. Moret '81

Senior Correspondent, Inside Edition
Los Angeles, CA
Former co-anchor, "The World Today," "News Night" and "Showbiz Today," CNN

Edward Pierson

Executive Vice President Legal Business Affairs, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

John S. Redpath Jr.

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Time, Inc.
New York, NY

Dr. Jimmie L. Reeves

Professor of Mass Communication, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

R. Bruce Rich

Partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges
York City, NY

Kelli L. Sager

Partner, Davis Wright & Tremaine
Los Angeles, CA
Chair, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law

Andrew Jay Schwartzman

Chairman, Media Access Project
Washington, DC

E.R. Shipp

Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
New York City, NY

Martin E. Silfen

Member of Law Faculty, College of William & Mary; formerly with University of Virginia and Pace University
Virginia Beach, VA

Steven D. Sills

President, Sills & Adelman
Los Angeles, CA

Shane R. Simpson

Partner, Simpsons Solicitors
Sydney, Australia
Chair, New South Wales Film Commission

Stan Soocher

Chair, Dept. of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies, University of Colorado-Denver
Denver, CO

M. Kenneth Suddelson

Of Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Mark G. Tratos

Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Las Vegas, NV
Co-founder, Emerging Artists & Talent Conference

Larry E. Verbit '86

Law Offices of Larry E. Verbit
Los Angeles, CA
Former General Counsel, Landmark Entertainment Group; Former Chair, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Jeremy N. Williams

Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Burbank, CA

Leslie Jose Zigel

Partner, Greenberg Traurig
Miami, FL
Former Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, BMG Latin America