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. He writes about legal issues for creators and small businesses as a Contributor at Forbes.

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.

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Shaun Spalding

Assistant Director

Joined NMR in: 

June 2010

Shaun Spalding is an intellectual property attorney with an eye for business development specializing in digital entertainment transactions, licensing, and Youtube.

 

Shaun has represented a handful of the top-40 most watched and most subscribed to Youtube channels in the world. Shaun is also a professor at California Western School of Law teaching an Internet and Media Law clinical course. Outside of academia, over 10,000 working creators have enrolled in his online courses aimed at teaching legal basics to creatives. The LAGD: Legal Assistance for Game Developers video series which he developed, directed, and produced with New Media Rights has over 350,000 views and counting.

 

Before making contracts and online courses his main hobbies, Shaun worked as a commercial video producer making brand-integrated videos for companies like SWISS Airlines, Sharp Television, the Motion Picture Association of America, and Henkel.

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Erika Lee

Staff Attorney

Joined NMR in: 

May 2015

Erika is a Staff Attorney at New Media Rights, where she works with creative professionals and small businesses in preventative transactional legal matters. In addition to providing one to one legal assistance in entertainment, intellectual property and privacy law matters, Erika also develops educational resources for New Media Rights and engages in public policy advocacy in regulatory proceedings at the Copyright Office. 

Erika received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, and her B.A. degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During law school, Erika worked for New Media Rights as an intern and student fellow before spending a semester in Los Angeles working in the business and legal affairs department of Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, Erika worked for four years in the marketing department of a large performing arts center in Madison, Wisconsin, where she assisted in programming projects and events that engaged local communities with the arts, and promoted national Broadway and non-Broadway touring productions.

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Carlos Gomez

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

January 2020

Carlos is a native of San Diego. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California San Diego, where he majored in Political Science with a concentration in Public Law and minored in Communications. Carlos currently serves as the Executive Editor of Notes and Comments for the California Western International Law Journal. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, reading, and learning as much as he can about Esports and new technologies. In the future, Carlos hopes to grow his Esports company and work in the Esports field as a lawyer or as a business owner.

Dani Doern

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2020

Dani’s passion for helping others is what led her to law school. Dani is a third-year student at California Western School of Law. She is president of Student Intellectual Property Association as well as Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Dani is interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property, entertainment law, or data privacy.

As a music and art festival enthusiast, she values the creative vision and work that goes into putting together content for a project or event. Dani looks forward to assisting creators reach their goals by utilizing her legal skills and knowledge in copyright law.

Dani’s golden retriever and tabby cat are the apple of her eye. She enjoys cooking and watching videos on YouTube, Hulu or Netflix. She likes to hike, practice yoga, listen to music, and work on her urban garden. This semester, she is researching and writing a paper about the Law and Ethics of Big Data.

Madison Stern

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2020

Madison “Madi” Stern is completing her last year at California Western School of Law. Madi is passionate about working with creatives and entrepreneurs. She has familial roots in design and small businesses and learned early on to appreciate the beauty and value of those who think “outside of the box” to define and create their own success. Madi is a strong believer in empowering our youth in local, underserved communities. In 2016, she initiated a Teen Science Café Network chapter at the Elementary Institute of Science in Southeast San Diego.

Madi has held numerous positions in various industries before deciding to return to school to pursue a degree in law. After working in the nonprofits sector in New York City for a few years, Madi switched gears and partook in a 3-month immersive product management program, where she gained the skill set to lead cross-functional initiatives and bring physical and digital products to life. She moved back to San Diego in 2015 and opened an apparel brick and mortar store, which became profitable within months. Unfortunately, due to a conflict stemming from a naïve decision to use a DIY legal form website instead of hiring an attorney, she lost her business. This experience taught her about the importance of legal work and ignited her desire to become an attorney. Madi wants to use her legal knowledge and background in business to help other entrepreneurs steer clear from common mistakes that are made when starting and building a business.

Madi was born and raised in San Diego. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Chinese at Whittier College in Los Angeles. Madi is an avid tennis player. Her second favorite sport is boxing. She also enjoys surfing, skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. Madi loves to travel and absorb different cultures. When she is not studying or playing sports, she is on Duolingo learning new languages. 

Aaron Seiple

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2020

I came to law school because I wanted to help people. I always felt a strong connection with art and entertainment, and when I was finally in law school I realized that I can blend both of these passions into one. And now entering into my third year, I am finally starting to get on the path of IP and Entertainment law, still yet to know fully where that will take me.

I am interested in pursuing a career in intellectual properties and entertainment law after law school. I am a member of our entertainment and sports law society, as well as the ACS.

My main goal while working here is to see a project to fruition and feel the reward of seeing our client satisfied with their product because of what we were able to do for them.

In my spare time, I relax with my dog Louis while either watching some YouTube or gaming for a bit. I also enjoy cooking new and exotic recipes that are hard to find in restaurants.