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.

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.

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

Cat Mineo

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Cat received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Crime, Law, and Justice from the Pennsylvania State University, where she developed a strong interest in the legal field. Following her undergraduate time in Happy Valley, Cat worked for four years in the legal field as a paralegal in a variety of firm practice.

She moved to California from New Jersey to pursue her career as an attorney and was welcomed into the legal community of San Diego by joining the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association. Cat is entering her second year at California Western School of Law, where she is an active member and Board Secretary of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.

In her free time, Cat can be found riding her bicycle, hiking the trails and canyons, or walking around in the beautiful Southern California weather.

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.

Madison Kovall

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

May 2017
Hailing from Pennsylvania, Madison attended West Virginia University and received a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Theatre. Currently, she's President of Environmental Law Society and a part-time server at The Cheesecake Factory. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, the beach, and tasting all local food seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  
 
Aside from being a tree hugger, she fell in love with the tech industry through my undergraduate major where she worked with AutoCad and SketchUp on a daily basis. As she enters her third year of law school, she's looking forward to specializing in creative legal fields such as intellectual property and land use.

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.