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

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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Benjamin Gordon

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2018

Benjamin is a born and raised Las Vegas native. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. Post undergraduate work includes entertainment marketing management, event marketing management and hospitality management in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas. Benjamin is currently a second-year student at California Western School of Law. His studies at California Western include a focus in Intellectual Property law with interest to assist creators to protect their works while bringing them to market.

 

Kelsey Nordstrom

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2019

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Monterey Bay. She majored in Human Communications with a concentration in Pre-Law. After finishing her undergrad, Kelsey moved to San Diego to attend California Western School of Law. 

Kelsey is a third year law student at California Western School of Law. She is passionate about protecting the rights of others, especially those of vulnerable populations. Prior to joining New Media Rights, Kelsey participated in California Western's USPTO Trademark Clinic where she earned an Academic Excellence Award for her work in the clinic. In addition, Kelsey volunteered with California Western's Community Law Project, which provides legal advice to low-income and indigent members of the local San Diego community. 

Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of New Media Rights. She is looking forward to helping artists, creators, and musicians protect their unique creations. Upon graduation, Kelsey hopes to practice intellectual property law.

In her free time, Kelsey enjoys playing the piano, creative writing, and taking her chiweenie, Cooper, to the OB dog beach.

 

Yvonne Locke

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

January 2019

Yvonne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She majored in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. After graduating with Cum Laude honors, Yvonne moved to San Diego to follow her dreams of becoming an Entertainment lawyer. 

Yvonne is a second year law student at California Western School of Law. She is passionate about providing legal services for creatives, particularly those in the music industry. Prior to joining New Media Rights, Yvonne worked as a tutor for first year law students struggling to handle their course-load. In addition, she is currently the Social Chair for her law school's Black Law Student Association, an organization that aims to provides academic resources to minority students. Yvonne has also received an Distinguished Advocate Award in oral arguments, as well as an Academic Excellence Award for her appellate brief while at California Western School of Law. 

Yvonne is excited for the opportunity to help creatives in the entertainment industry while at New Media Rights. After graduation, she hopes to move to Los Angeles or back home to Atlanta where she can practice entertainment law.