BRIAN D. CAPLAN  Founder and Partner, Caplan & Ross, LLP  has more than 27 years' experience litigating a broad range of entertainment, intellectual property, and commercial matters for clients that have included recording artists such as composer Victor Willis of the Village People, producers, publishing companies, record labels, personal managers, business management, accounting firms, professional athletes, and dealers in fine art.



DAVID BRANFMAN  Branfman Law Group, P.C. has practiced in San Diego for more than 30 years with a focus on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV, and music.

LISA A. CERVANTES  Cervantes Entertainment Law  has successfully litigated and settled infringement actions with major industry players Lionsgate and ESPN, and negotiated and orchestrated hundreds of agreements and collaborations between distributors, record companies, producers, artists and the broad spectrum of clients she represents.

VALERIE A. DEARTH Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP focuses her practice in the areas of music, unscripted television, licensing and clearances, and copyright, including copyright reversion, and has worked with award winning recording artists such as Charlie Wilson, Dwele, Dave Mason, and Philip Bailey ("Earth, Wind & Fire”).

MICHAEL HOISINGTON Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP has helped numerous clients obtain federal trademark and copyright registrations, and is experienced in effective procedures for protecting trademarks and copyrights, including prosecution of federal trademark and copyright applications.

DONALD A. JASKO  Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Economics, provides publishing administration, license administration and product development services to clients and also serves as a strategist and expert witness in litigation involving best practices in publishing and licensing administration, and the monetization of creative content.

JAMES LEACH  Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, West Coast Operations, SESAC  is responsible for SESAC's Los Angeles office operations and recruits writers and publishers for SESAC as well as facilitate catalog affiliations.

LACY J LODES Licensing Director, Consor Intellectual Asset Management analyzes licensing strategies of intellectual asset portfolios, provides guidance on customs and practices within the trademark licensing industry, and performs valuations of intangible assets such as publicity rights, brands, trademarks, copyrights, patents, databases, websites, and film options among others.

STEVEN MARKS Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) assists the trade group with Internet and other technology-related legal, legislative and licensing matters, as well as First Amendment issues.