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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Brittany Hernandez

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

May 2018

Brittany is a native of Southern California and has lived in San Diego for over 16 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California San Diego, where she majored in History and minored in Linguistics. She later successfully completed the University of California San Diego-Extension school’s ABA-approved Accelerated Paralegal Certification Program and was inducted into the prestigious Lambda Epsilon Chi honor society. She then served as a Boatswain’s Mate in the United States Coast Guard for four years. After being stationed in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Alaska, Brittany began her studies at California Western School of Law. She is interested in practicing in the area of Entertainment Law and is passionate about helping filmmakers, authors, and creators protect their creations in an ethical, efficient, and competent manner. 

Courtney Lacaillade

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2018

Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She double majored in Law and Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics. Courtney was one of the first five students to graduate from the BA Law Program at University of Arizona. Courtney is a third-year student at California Western School of Law. She is very excited to be working with New Media Rights because she wants to help all different entrepreneurs, artists, and app developers get the help that is needed on their creations so everyone can enjoy these creations. Prior to joining New Media Rights, Courtney interned at the University of San Diego in the Athletic Compliance Department. It was from her experience in this position that Courtney gained more interest in intellectual property law and wanted to expand her experience in this field. In her free time, Courtney enjoys taking trips to Disneyland, baking lots of sweet treats, and playing with her Pug puppy named Nala.

Ryan Stygar

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2018

Ryan was a firefighter before beginning his studies at the California Western School of Law. A published author himself, Ryan is dedicated to helping authors, content creators, and entrepreneurs understand their intellectual property rights. Ryan writes thrilling crime fiction for adults and hilariously educational adventure novels for young readers. His books, "The Emperor of Vegas" and "Snot Rocket and the Weapon of MATH Destruction", are available on Amazon. Ryan aims to be a strong resource for aspiring artists and "authorpreneurs" and who are passionate about bringing their work to market. His most recent work can be viewed at www.ryanstygar.com.

Benjamin Gordon

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2018

Benjamin is a born and raised Las Vegas native. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. Post undergraduate work includes entertainment marketing management, event marketing management and hospitality management in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas. Benjamin is currently a second-year student at California Western School of Law. His studies at California Western include a focus in Intellectual Property law with interest to assist creators to protect their works while bringing them to market.