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.

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

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. As a lecturer and online video course creator, over 10,000 students have enrolled in his courses. 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, and Henkel.

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Erika Lee


Joined NMR in: 

May 2015

Erika is a post-bar fellow with New Media Rights. 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.

Erika received her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 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. During law school, Erika developed a strong interest in copyright law and new media from her classes, her work outside the classroom, as well as the influence of her friends who are pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.

Awaiting the results of the July administration of the California Bar Exam, Erika has returned to San Diego to continue her work with New Media Rights in intellectual property, privacy, and media law.

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.

Mark Marquez

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2017

Mark received his BA in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Having taken courses in philosophy, sociology, criminal justice, and English throughout his undergraduate career, he became interested in intellectual property after learning about Freedom of Contract and Freedom of Expression—fundamental rights written in our Constitution.

His goal is to help content creators and businesses protect their expressions in diverse mediums, in our era of increasingly accessible communication. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, playing basketball and video games, drawing, writing, and going to the beach.

Zachary Avina

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2017

A California native, Zach attended college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; ask him about it and he will say that it was quite an adventure. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a minor in Psychology from Philadelphia University in 2015. He made his way back to California for law school and plans to make this move permanent.

Currently he is in his third and final year of law school at California Western School of Law, getting a concentration in Labor and Employment law. His other legal interests are intellectual property (because he is kind of a writing/”creativity” nerd) and privacy law. 

On a more personal note, Zach enjoys travel (though it has been limited thus far) and, of course, the more-than-occasional Netflix binge to decompress from law school life. He is eager to begin formal, legal practice here in San Diego.

Noel J. Meza

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2017

Noel received his B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA.  After school, he founded Pacifica Entertainment, LLC, which provides talent management, production, and entertainment marketing.  He continues to manage and produce YouTubers, singers, and performers in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Noel is a second-year student at California Western School of Law.  He is currently the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Student Bar Association.  He is also a member of La Raza, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and the St. Thomas More Society.

In his free time, Noel mentors high school boys in San Diego and volunteers at his church as a youth group leader and instructor.  Noel is fluent in Spanish, is a Yelp Elite, has boxed for more than 10 years, and is proficient in HTML, CSS, and Adobe.

Jennifer Myers

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2017

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management, with minors in Business Administration, and Communication, from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jennifer worked for an entertainment company, and for various artists.

Wanting to further her career in the entertainment field, Jennifer moved to California to pursue a Juris Doctorate. Now in her second year at California Western School of Law, Jennifer is excited to start working with artists and entrepreneurs. 

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing and watching live music, and exploring all that San Diego has to offer.