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 Fellow

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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Sarah Borrelli

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2017

Sarah earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology- Archaeology and Master of Education degrees from University of Montana. After teaching elementary school for two years, Sarah chose to pursue her JD at California Western School of Law.

She is an avid sports fan and is interested in pursuing a career in sports law and intellectual property. She is an active member of Entertainment and Sports Law Society, as well as the Student Intellectual Property Law Association as California Western. She is excited to help fledgling artists and entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

Catherine Ghipriel

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2018
Catherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Law and Society, from the University of California, Riverside. Catherine became very interested in intellectual property law after working with an app developer, beta-testing several apps, and learning about contract law. Catherine is a second-year student at California Western School of Law. She is excited to work with all different types of entrepreneurs, artists, and app developers. Her goal is to help artists, entrepreneurs, app developers, authors and all other creators protect their unique creations so they can share their creations with others without any restrains. In her free time, Catherine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, planning her wedding, and teaching Sunday School at her local church.

Rojina Haririparsa

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2018

Rojina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Communications and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations with honors at Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy. She then found employment as an international marketing and communications manager in California. Currently, Rojina is a second-year student at California Western School of Law. She is looking forward to specializing in the areas of international law, business law, and intellectual property. She is also passionate about protecting the rights of vulnerable people, especially those of helpless women and defenseless children. She is currently volunteering at the Casa Cornelia Law Center, a public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations.

Rojina loves to travel, and is adept at learning languages, having lived on three different continents and traveled to more than twenty countries. She speaks Farsi and Italian fluently and is proficient in Spanish. In her free time, Rojina enjoys painting, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Brittany Hernandez

Legal Intern

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. 

Sara Gold

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2018

Sara, a former Orange County Register journalist, is excited to work with New Media Rights during her final year at California Western School of Law. She is also Editor-in-Chief of The Commentary, California Western’s online student-run newspaper, and a member of the California Western Law Review.

Her intellectual property experience includes interning with California Western’s Trademark Clinic and competing in the 2017 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court competition, hosted by the International Trademark Association. Her legal article on the tort and intellectual property implications of Pokemon Go is published in the Whittier Law Review.