EVP & General Counsel, NMPA
Danielle Aguirre currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA). In this role, she oversees all of NMPA’s legal, business and policy objectives. Aguirre previously served as NMPA’s SVP of Business Affairs and SVP for Litigation and Business Affairs, where she managed all litigation and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings, handled business affairs, including the negotiation of model industry license agreements, and oversaw NMPA’s Anti-Piracy Program. Prior to joining NMPA, Aguirre spent nine years as an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP in Washington, DC, where she litigated cases on behalf of corporate clients in federal and state courts, before arbitration panels and mediators, and in proceedings before federal agencies. She is a member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars.
Principal, Lindsay Bailey Law Corporation
Lindsay Bailey is an art and entertainment lawyer in Vancouver and Austin, working with a range of creative professionals including musicians, music industry entrepreneurs, filmmakers, fashion designers, cultural organizations & foundations, and visual artists, as well as serial entrepreneurs and digital media developers. Bailey sits on the board of the House of Songs (Austin, Bentonville & NYC), the Polygon Gallery (Vancouver), Wonder Women of Wine (Austin), and on the Advisory Boards of Black Fret (Austin) and the Technical Apparel Program at The Wilson Design School at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Vancouver). She is also a participant in the ALL ATX Music Leadership Class of 2020 (Austin) and is an active member of the International Trademark Association, where she has served on a leadership committee in addition to sitting on a number of private corporate boards. Bailey also serves as external General Counsel to several groups of companies, providing strategic advice; business and IP legal services; and support through financing, mergers & acquisitions, and other strategic growth-oriented services.
Producer/ Songwriter/ Multi-Instrumentalist
Paige Blue is a producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, who focuses mainly on Pop/Urban and Alternative music. Blue is published by Pray For My Haters and Downtown Music Publishing. In addition to working with artists such as R3HAB, Icona Pop, Caro, Gavin Haley, NEFFEX, Midnight Kids and others, her music has lived in many advertisements for brands including Apple, Patrón, Sephora, DirecTV, and American Home Signature. Blue’s previous film and TV placements have been with Sony Pictures, Disney, CBS Films, Magnolia Pictures, ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, Freeform and MTV, among others.
Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music
Professor Tonya Butler, J.D., LL.M. is the newly appointed Chair of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music. She is both the first woman and the first person of color to lead the department in its 30-year history. A seasoned veteran of the music business, She has more than 14 years of expertise as an entertainment attorney and record label executive, as well as 16 years of undergraduate and graduate level teaching experience. Butler is an award-winning motivational speaker, Toastmaster and author of the self-published career guide, “The Music Business is Corrupt or Maybe You Just Can’t Sing?” She also hosts a weekly podcast on the business and legal aspects of the music industry, the B.O.M.B. (Business of Music Bootcamp) Podcast.
Founder, Casini Law Firm LLC
Kevin Casini is the founder of the Casini Law Firm of Ecco Artists Services, a consulting company servicing performers and creators. He has been in entertainment for more than 20 years. Casini is an active member of the Blues Foundation, the Recording Academy, the Americana Music Association and the Copyright Alliance. Casini is also a BMI artist, with one album credit to his name. He teaches Entertainment Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and has served on the nominating committee of the Boston Music Awards since 2017.
Founder, Christian L. Castle Attorneys
Chris Castle founded entertainment law firm Chritian L. Castle Attorneys in 2005 in Los Angeles, and moved the firm to Austin in 2011. Prior to founding the firm, he served as SVP and General Counsel to SNOCAP in San Francisco; of counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles; SVP Business Affairs at Sony Music in New York; and VP Business Affairs at A&M Records in Hollywood. Castle is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, including for the American Bar Association, the state bar associations of California, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Texas, and the Austin Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, California Copyright Conference, Copyright Society of the USA, the Dallas Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association. He was the founding chair of the Austin-Toronto Music City Trade Alliance, a cooperative effort of the Austin and Toronto city councils to promote commercial music business trade between the U.S. and Canada. Castle also serves on the Industry Advisory Council for the UCLA Center for Music Innovation at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and is the Legislative Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he taught The Music Business in the Digital Millennium. Castle is admitted to the bar in California and Texas, and also writes the MusicTech.Solutions blog.
VP of International Legal and Business Affairs, BMI
John Coletta is the Vice President, International Legal and Business Affairs at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), based in the performing rights organization’s New York office. In this role, Coletta provides legal and strategic advice on a wide range of company initiatives with a focus on the rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape outside of the U.S. He works in close collaboration with BMI’s International Department on the company’s relationships with collective rights management organizations around the world and serves on a number of international committees and working groups for various industry initiatives. He also provides legal support for BMI’s Distribution and Administration Services and Licensing Departments with a particular focus on BMI’s activities relating to online and digital services. Coletta has held a number of roles with BMI including AVP of Legal Affairs, Sr. Director of Business Affairs, and Director of Business Affairs. He joined BMI in 1991 as an intern in the Media Relations department and later became BMI’s first Director of Online Communications, where he assisted in launching BMI’s website, all while attending law school. Coletta is admitted in New York and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Partner at Mandell Menkes, LLC
Hillel Frankel is a partner at the law firm of Mandell Menkes, LLC, and runs their Nashville office on Music Row. Frankel’s legal clients include top producers, writers and artists in the Pop, Americana, Folk, Country, EDM, Blues, Soul and Rap genres. Frankel also represents recording artists and music companies on copyright, trademark and other intellectual property issues, as well as negotiations and transactional work for music publishing and master licensing for sync, advertising and catalog sales. Frankel can often be heard at conferences and festivals speaking on intellectual property issues. In his not-so-former life as musician Frankie Hill, Frankel recorded and toured internationally on keyboards and saxophone for numerous bands including GRAMMY-nominated Liquid Soul, LA’s Bonedaddys, and Chicago’s P-1 and Heavy Manners. Most recently, he recorded sax and organ in Nashville for the Don Gallardo and Lilly Winwood album, In the Name of Good Intentions.
Staff Songwriter and Producer, Curb Music
Chris Gelbuda is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, and is currently a staff songwriter and producer at Curb Music. Gelbuda co-wrote and produced “3 A.M.” and “Just A Friend” with Meghan Trainor, and produced her quadruple Platinum hit single “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” featuring John Legend, which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Adult Top 40. He also served as the writer and vocalist on the German dance #1 hit “Bad Ideas” by Alle Farben, which went platinum. Other notable cuts include “You Could’ve Loved Me” by Frankie Ballard; “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” by Dustin Lynch; “Love Do What It Do” by Robert Randolph featuring Darius Rucker; “Small Town Saturday Night” by Wheeler Walker, Jr.; “Wingman,” recorded by country artist Billy Currington; and “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying,” co-written with Meghan Trainor & Al Anderson and recorded by rising Disney star Sabrina Carpenter. He has scored song placements in various major network television shows including “Nashville”, ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars” and TNT’s “Dallas.” Gelbuda is also an experienced multi-instrumentalist; trained in classical piano from age 6, he also plays guitar, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer 200a, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drums, percussion, and bass.
Assistant Director, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP);
Assistant Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Devlin Hartline is Assistant Director at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and Assistant Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia. As Assistant Director, he leads CPIP’s communications and academic advocacy efforts, working closely with CPIP scholars to publicize and promote rigorous research on the law, economics, and history of intellectual property. Hartline’s research agenda spans a broad spectrum of doctrinal and political issues in intellectual property law, with particular focus on the equitable titles and rights of copyright and patent owners. He teaches intellectual property law — including copyright law and patent law — at Scalia Law.
Manager at Hard 8 Working Group
David Hopper is a manager with Hard 8 Working Group, and represents record producers, songwriters and recording & mix engineers. His current clients have credits with top-tier talent including Taylor Swift, Sia, Niall Horan, Hayley Williams, P!nk, Paul McCartney, Andra Day, Raekwon, Yo Gotti, BTS, Florence + The Machine, Daughtry, The Struts, Judah & The Lion, Moon Taxi, Dierks Bentley, Brett Young, LANCO, Michelle Branch, and Birdy. Hopper also has prior experience representing performing artists, and an extensive background in publishing as the former VP of Business Development & Creative for the Billboard Top 10 Publishing Administration company, Words & Music.
Co-Founder & CEO, InSight Public Affairs
Joshua Lamel is co-founder and CEO of InSight Public Affairs, running the firm’s day-to-day operations and meeting the advocacy needs of his clients. He is a seasoned communications, campaign, and policy professional in Washington, D.C., with more than a decade of technology industry experience. Before founding InSight, Lamel was Vice President at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, SVP at TechAmerica, and SVP and Washington technology practice lead at Hill + Knowlton Strategies. His work has brought him to the forefront of many key policy fights throughout the years on issues including tax reform, health care reform, pension reform, free trade, international corporate taxation, budget reform, innovation policy, telecommunications competition, and intellectual property. Prior to his work in the private sector, Lamel served as chief of staff to then-Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chairman Kendrick Meek (D-FL), as counsel to current Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), and as counsel to former Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY). He also has led a coalition of more than 20 trade associations, companies, and nonprofits seeking significant reform to patent law. Lamel also serves as executive director of Re:Create, a coalition of technology trade associations, digital rights groups, library groups, and fan groups fighting for a more balanced copyright system. He is a member of the bar of New York and the District of Columbia.
Founder & CEO, IGGY Ventures
Rick Lane is the founder and CEO of IGGY Ventures, which advises and invests in technology startups and public policy initiatives that can have a positive societal impact. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Horton’s Kids, a community based 501(c)3 whose goal is to empower at-risk children in Washington, DC and prepare them for college, career, and life through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs. Prior to founding IGGY, Lane spent 15 years as the SVP of Government Affairs of 21st Century Fox. Before this, he was the Director of Congressional Affairs focusing on e-Commerce and Internet public policy issues for the United States Chamber of Commerce. Before working at the Chamber, Lane worked for the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he represented clients before Congress on legislative matters affecting the technology and telecommunications industries. He was a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Joint Government-Private Sector Committee on Experts on Electronic Commerce, and served on the Federal Trade Commission’s Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security and the Virginia Attorney General’s Online Safety Task Force.
Tobi N. Parks
Owner & Talent Buyer
Tobi Parks is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney, majority owner and talent buyer of xBk, a Des Moines-based creative arts venue, and the creator and Executive Director of Station 1 Records, a non-profit 501(c)(3) artist development and entrepreneurship organization. She was Director of Copyright at Sony Music for 13 years where she worked with Sony’s frontline labels Columbia Records, Epic Records, and RCA Records. Parks has a long history working in media having worked for a number of years as a Programming and Promotions Associate for Clear Channel Broadcasting and as Director of Marketing and Public Relations with the PBS produced series, In the Life. She is also a musician that has played bass in the NYC glam-punk band Bambï, Toronto-based The Cliks, St. Louis-based acts The Star Death, Is That You?, and Grandpa’s Ghost. As a solo performer and session player, she has worked with Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Darin Gray, Tim Garrigan, Keith Rowe, Mark Shippy, and video artist James Fotopoulos. Parks has composed for stage, television and film.
Sr. Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge
Meredith Rose is Sr. Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, where she specializes in technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property policy. She has advocated for consumer-focused policies before the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Copyright Office, and various members of Congress, as well as via amicus briefs before the United States Supreme Court and various Circuit Courts. In addition to her current work, she has previously worked on issues of privacy, infrastructure, broadband deployment, and “lay” understanding of complex areas of law. Rose also serves as Lecturer of Law at the George Washington School of Law.
Attorney, Mike Tolleson & Associates
Gwen Seale is a 2016 graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law and practices entertainment law at Mike Tolleson and Associates in Austin, Texas. Her practice consists of drafting and negotiating contracts related to music, film, and sports entertainment, and assisting clients with copyright and trademark matters. In addition to her practice, she lectures on various entertainment and social media law topics, including copyright issues related to music, YouTube’s monetization policies, and the evidentiary significance of emojis. Seale also serves on the board of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) and is the current treasurer of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Partner, Sotos Class Actions
David Sterns is a partner at Sotos LLP in Toronto, Canada where, he is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s leading class action lawyers for plaintiffs. Stern’s cases have been at the forefront of the law relating to privacy, antitrust, consumer protection and human rights. He was lead counsel in one of the few class action trials to have been completed in Canada, and was counsel in the first Canadian competition case to be certified as a class action on a contested basis. In addition to his active practice, Sterns devotes time to justice issues and the advancement of the legal profession. He is a past President of the Ontario Bar Association, and is a regular speaker on civil litigation and class actions. Sterns was ranked as a leading litigation lawyer in the 2019 and 2020 Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers publication.
Principal, Global Threat Management
Trent Teyema (FBI Special Agent – SES retired) is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on threat and risk management. He has spent three decades as an investigator and threat manager specializing in the fields of cyber, technology, and national security. He most recently launched his own consultancy for Global Threat Management. Previously, Teyema served as the SVP & Global Head of Cyber Threat Management for a major insurance agency, and also as the SVP & Chief Technology Officer for a mid-cap defense and infrastructure company. Teyema is a founding FBI Cyber Agent and “plank holder” for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He retired from the FBI as the Cyber Division’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Cyber Readiness. He also served as the Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council for President Obama at the White House.
Senior Creative Director, Curb | Word Entertainment
Joel Timen is Senior Creative Director at Curb|Word Entertainment. In this role, he focuses on a publishing roster that has had cuts and #1 singles in multiple genres, as well as sync placements across film, tv, video games and advertisements. Timen’s music industry career began when he opened a music venue in Southern Oregon. After this, he spent almost a decade touring the U.S., playing drums for various bands. He also co-wrote and recorded drums on multiple albums with various artists. Timen also founded his own management company that partnered with artists, songwriters and producers to land sync placements, cuts and album releases.