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 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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Gracie Pollard

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2019
Gracie Pollard is beginning her 2L year at California Western School of Law. She came from a small town and dirt road back in Minnesota. She first came to California to attend school at San Diego State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. After graduation, she worked in the finance department at The Hilton until she was able to take the LSAT. It has been a long time goal of hers to attend law school and become a lawyer. She chose to apply for New Media Rights to discover and understand areas of law in her interest including intellectual property and entertainment. She is also interested in helping creative people achieve their goals with their projects. She plans to use her time in law school to prepare herself to enter areas of entertainment or intellectual property once she graduates. 

Stephanie Papayanis

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2020

Stephanie is currently a second-year student at California Western School of Law. Before law school, she got her B.S. degree in Business-Marketing at San Diego State University in 2016. Throughout college, she held several marketing internships for small businesses. After graduation, Stephanie worked for two years at a small airplane leasing company, where she assisted with aircraft transactions and marketing. Stephanie's internships and post-graduate work experience gave her invaluable insight into working with small businesses.

During law school, Stephanie worked for the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender. There, she managed her own caseload of clients and gained experience in public service.

Stephanie will graduate law school in April 2021, and is hoping to work in public service. Some areas of law she is interested in are environmental law, public interest, and entertainment law. She hopes to spread awareness on environmental concerns and is looking to pair her passion for the environment with media and entertainment law.