Meet the NMR Staff

Art Neill

Founder / Executive Director

Joined NMR in: 

October 2005

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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Dani Doern

Student Fellow

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.

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.

John Mears

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

August 2020

John is entering his second year at California Western School of Law and is the current President of school’s local American Constitution Society chapter. John has a passion for working with creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and with the technology industry at large. While exploring other fields, John is most strongly exploring a career in data privacy. Most of his interest in these fields came from his father’s passion for technology and creativity within his entrepreneurial ventures. 

Prior to starting his law school journey, John worked as a technician for Apple, Inc. for about 5 years where he explored his passion for technology and developed a thorough interest for data privacy and related legal issues stemming from modern consumer electronics and services. In an effort to help empower underserved communities, John has also worked for a northern San Diego County non-profit organization for the past 7 years helping abused women navigate the legal system. 

John’s enjoyed spending time with his adorable lab-dachshund mix, and binging shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu in his free time. He also enjoys hiking and flying his drone in new areas in an effort to capture perfect landscape photos. 

Brandon Weinreb

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

August 2020

Brandon Weinreb’s social media background and passion for video games is what motivated him to join New Media Rights and help creative entrepreneurs. Brandon is completing his second-year at California Western School of Law. He is interested in pursuing a career in entertainment law or intellectual property, and further hopes to become in-house counsel for a major entertainment or video game company. 

Before coming to law school, Brandon was a YouTube content creator. He created uniquely engaging video-game-based content to amass a social media following of nearly 400,000 subscribers and accumulate over 85 million worldwide views. By working with established brands in the esports and gaming industry, such as G-Fuel Energy, KontrolFreek, and Ironside Computers, Brandon acquired professional level sponsorships by providing organic in-video product advertisements.

This trimester, Brandon is an Associate Writer for the California Western Law Review and is currently researching and writing a paper about employment law and its application to esports and the competitive video game industry. 

Brandon hopes to utilize his unique background and passion as an online content creator to better assist creative entrepreneurs with any legal challenges they may face.