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 interest in digital entertainment transactions, data privacy, and licensing.

 

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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Aaron Seiple

Student Fellow

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.

Bria Chappell

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2021
Bria was born and raised in San Diego. She earned her Bachelor of the Arts degree at UCLA, where she doubled majored in Political Science and African American Studies. Bria's Los Angeles lifestyle led to her interest in business and entertainment. However, since elementary school, Bria knew she wanted to be a lawyer. After graduating from UCLA, she was interested in learning how her newfound passion for business and entertainment would intersect with her career aspirations. 
 
Currently, Bria is a third-year law student at California Western School of Law. As a law student, Bria has remained dedicated to diversifying her law school experiences, achieving academic excellence, and taking on new responsibilities. Prior to joining New Media Rights, Bria was the Social Chair of the Black Law Students Association and the Treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Both student organizations are similarly aimed at increasing professional opportunities, academic resources, and retention rates for students of color. Additionally, Bria enjoys legal writing and is an Associate Writer for the California Western International Law Journal.
 
Although Bria is excited to graduate and pass the bar, she realized her law school experience would not be all that she had imagined if she did not have the opportunity to work with New Media Rights. Bria has joined the team with much enthusiasm to broaden her experiences in business and entertainment by helping our clients realize their entrepreneurial and creative endeavors, while addressing their legal needs.

Jonathan Gonzalez

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2021

Jonathan is a third-year law student at California Western School of Law. Jonathan values heart, honesty, and respect, and carries those values into all realms of his life. At his time at California Western, he has been Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and a competitor of California Western’s alternative dispute resolution team (ADR). As a competitor on the ADR team, Jonathan won first place at the Regional American Bar Association Sports Law competition and was invited to compete in the National competition in February of 2021.

Jonathan intends to work within entertainment industry with the goal of guiding and protecting artists interest, goals, and headspace. Jonathan believes that entertainment, and music specifically, are powerful forces with the power to inspire and move culture. In 2020, Jonathan wrote piece on Hip-Hop’s influence on culture and politics titled “The Sovereign Nation of Hip-Hop.”

In his free time, Jonathan loves to spend his time at the gym, a basketball court, or spending quality time with his dog, Quavo, an adorable and charismatic Dachshund-Chihuahua mix.