Meet the NMR Staff

Art Neill

Founder / Executive Director

Joined NMR in: 

October 2005

art@newmediarights.org

Art is the founder of New Media Rights, and practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, privacy, and media law. 

Art is also a professor at California Western School of Law teaching the courses Internet & Social Media Law (primarily focused on Internet, Intellectual Property, licensing, and online publishing law) as well as an Internet & Media Law Clinic.

In 2011, 2013, and 2015 Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee, where he served as Co-chair of the Broadband Working Group.  In 2014, Art was named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.

Click here to learn more about Art, including publications, interviews, and presentations.

Shaun Spalding

Staff Attorney

Joined NMR in: 

June 2010

Shaun Spalding is an intellectual property attorney specializing in digital entertainment, and a former Assistant Director of New Media Rights. He's also a graduate of California Western School of Law.  Before making contracts and copyright his main hobbies, Shaun worked briefly as a commercial video producer and for several years as a competent-but-untalented graphic and web designer. Shaun likes working with passionate artists and entrepreneurs because he likes to think of himself as one as well. He sleeps well at night knowing that he can help steer the direction of New Media Rights, an organization that helps artists, entrepreneurs, and consumers achieve their goals everyday.

Erin Murphy Girard

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

January 2016

Erin P. Murphy joined New Media rights in January, 2016.  After a fast-paced sales career at a pioneer internet company, she decided to pursue a legal degree.  Tired of the cold winters in Boston, Erin headed west for San Diego and is currently in her 4th semester at California Western School of Law.

Erin is extremely interested in internet law and how it can protect works without stifling technological and creative advancement.  She is specifically concerned about how the law can better keep up with technology. 

When Erin is not working or studying, she is likely spending time with her new husband.  She loves dogs, poker, and the New England Patriots.

Cat Mineo

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Cat received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Crime, Law, and Justice from the Pennsylvania State University, where she developed a strong interest in the legal field. Following her undergraduate time in Happy Valley, Cat worked for four years in the legal field as a paralegal in a variety of firm practice.

She moved to California from New Jersey to pursue her career as an attorney and was welcomed into the legal community of San Diego by joining the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association. Cat is entering her second year at California Western School of Law, where she is an active member and Board Secretary of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.

In her free time, Cat can be found riding her bicycle, hiking the trails and canyons, or walking around in the beautiful Southern California weather.

Bryan Blanco

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Before attending California Western, Bryan worked with filmmakers and musicians in his hometown of Miami producing music videos and short films. Shorts he assisted on have played at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, Park City’s Slamdance Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival.

Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on film studies from Florida International University. The film program at FIU lead him to study abroad in Czech Republic, where he attended the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to learn the business behind film production. It was during his tenure at FIU he decided to take his passion in film to pursue a legal career in entertainment law.

Now entering his second year of law school, Bryan is looking forward to specializing in fields such as intellectual property, entertainment, and employment. After law school he wants to practice law and attend AFI’s producer program.

Outside of school and New Media Rights, Bryan spends most of his time with his dog, Rosco, exploring San Diego, watching movies, and playing records.

Juan Forero

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2017

I am a Texas native and a proud Texas A&M Aggie class of 2013! I have been a “serial entrepreneur” all my life and since college, have successfully started two companies. Hoping to tie my passion with my skills, I relocated to sunny San Diego to attend California Western School of Law and pursue a career in intellectual property. Here, I have been heavily involved in all things copyright and trademark, including acting as the treasurer for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and as a certified student practitioner for the USPTO through their trademark clinic.

In an effort to help budding entrepreneurs with their intellectual property issues, I recently joined the New Media rights intern team and I am excited to learn and grow in this amazing legal field.

In my free time, I enjoy playing music, skating, and hitting the occasional tennis ball.

Ashley Nichols

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2017
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Las Vegas Nevada. After obtaining her Bachelor's she went on to pursue her JD/MBA. Ashley completed one year of the dual program at UNLV before transferring to California Western School of Law to finish her degree. 
 
While in her first year of graduate school Ashley worked for an angel investment firm where she researched start-up tech companies. This is what sparked her interest in copyright infringement.  Additionally, Ashley is currently active in the acting community in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. After working with independent filmmakers, she developed an interest in entertainment law. 
 
Ashley is looking forward to working with other artists and helping them protect their craft.