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Panelists  

2012 Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium
Date of Symposium: March 1, 2012

Panel 1 - Internet Gambling
 
Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb, Esq.
Senior Legal Analyst

Jennifer earned her B.A., cum laude, in political science and political economy, from Tulane University in New Orleans, L.A., having also studied politics and law at the London School of Economics. Jennifer earned her J.D., cum laude from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C. While in law school, Jennifer won two awards for her service as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Philosophy and Culture. Jennifer is admitted to practice in the state of Maryland and is a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association and Federal Bar Association. Since working at GamblingCompliance, Jennifer has written extensively on U.S. online gaming developments, tribal gaming issues, lotteries and state regulation of land-based casino gambling, as well as presented to state legislators on lottery regulation and expansion.
 
Senator Lesniak
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak
Senator - New Jersey

Senator Lesniak is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his J.D. from St. John's Law School. He served in the New Jersey State Assembly from 1978-1983 and in the Senate from 1983 to the present. He chairs the Economic Growth Committee, is Vice-Chair of the Commerce Committee and is a member of the Judiciary Committee. Senator Lesniak became only the second American to win the international humans rights award at Le Memorial de Caen, the D-Day and Human rights museum in Normandy France,in 2009, for his speech: "The Road to Justice and Peace." In 2011, Senator Lesniak reintroduced legislation which would make New jersey the first state to legalize Internet gambling.
 
Frank Catania
Frank Catania, Esq.
Catania Gaming Consultants

Frank Catania is senior partner in Catania Gaming Consultants and the Law Firm of Catania & Ehrlich of New Jersey, both having extensive experience in gaming related matters. Mr. Catania’s expertise stems from his years of service as Director New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement; his years of service in the New Jersey General Assembly where he served as Deputy Speaker; and Vice President, Compliance Officer for Players International Ltd. He was a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, a non-profit association dedicated to the education and advancement of gaming law, having served as its first president. While at the Division of Gaming Enforcement he served as vice chair and chair, respectively, of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and past chairman of the Forum of American Casino Regulators. Mr. Catania serves as an independent director of Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc. an operator of casinos in Washington State and Colorado; and Continent 8, an operator of data centers worldwide. Mr. Catania has been published on a wide variety of casino gaming and government-related topics in several national publications, regional newspapers, and trade publications. He was instrumental in drafting gaming regulations for several gaming jurisdictions. Mr. Catania has been an advocate for regulation of Internet gaming in the United States and was selected by “Best Lawyers in America” for gaming. Mr. Catania is a graduate of Rutgers College and received his JD from Seton Hall University Law School.
 
John Hindman
John Hindman, Esq.
General Counsel, TVG

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Panel 2 - Reality Television
 
Thomas Crowell
Thomas A. Crowell, Esq.
Saperstein & Crowell, LLP

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is an attorney and founding partner of Saperstein & Crowell, LLP. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues; he and his firm have recently represented clients in deals with The Learning Channel, Elsevier Publishing, Starz, Discovery Communications, Focal Press, the Smithsonian Network, WE: The Women’s Entertainment Network, The Science Technology Network, IDW Publishing, and Sony Entertainment. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Crowell is the Director of the Indie Film Clinic at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he also teaches a course in film law. Mr. Crowell also lectures nationally, teaching producers and lawyers how to avoid common legal pitfalls in the film and television industry. A frequent columnist for film industry publications, Mr. Crowell is also the author of the best-selling legal guide for independent producers, The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Elsevier 2011), now in its second edition. The book has been adopted as a core textbook in film schools across the United States. Mr. Crowell graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, Order of The Coif, and is admitted to the practice of law in New York, New Jersey, and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Laura Magedoff, Esq.
Laura J. Magedoff, Esq.
Nissenbaum Law Group, LLC

As a principal of Nissenbaum Law Group, LLC, Laura J. (Freedman) Magedoff, Esq., is the head of the firm’s transactional practice. She manages all aspects of the representation of a variety of corporate entities through the firm's offices in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Her experience in drafting and negotiating transactional documents spans a wide variety of substantive areas, such as buy/sell transaction documents, financing agreements, operating agreements, bylaws, corporate resolutions, distribution agreements, manufacturing agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment manuals and agreements, severance agreements, commercial lease agreements, privacy policies, website disclaimers, intellectual property license and assignment agreements and purchase order terms and conditions. She provides general counsel services to a wide range of business entities, ranging from multi-state and international corporations to small businesses and community associations.
 
 
Matthew Savare
Matthew Savare, Esq.
Counsel, Lowenstein, Sandler PC

Matthew Savare is Counsel to the firm's Media and Entertainment Group, the Tech Group, and the Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Mr. Savare focuses his practice on media, entertainment, and intellectual property issues, and has represented clients in many facets of the entertainment industry including film, music, publishing, theater, visual and performing arts, and new media. In addition, he has drafted and negotiated dozens of endorsement and personal appearance deals for famous athletes and celebrities. In 2011, Mr. Savare's work as an entertainment lawyer garnered him recognition as one of Variety magazine's "Up and Coming Entertainment Attorneys," as well as recognition as a distinguished alumnus by Monmouth University’s Corporate and Public Communication graduate program. He counsels clients on a wide range of copyright and trademark law matters, including copyright registrations and fair use analyses and comprehensive trademark and brand management advice regarding trademark clearance, use, prosecution, and enforcement. Mr. Savare advises clients on intellectual property transactional issues in the context of due diligence matters, as well as drafting and negotiating licensing, nondisclosure, and government contracting agreements. He is also experienced in enforcing and defending intellectual property in oppositions, cancellations, and appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Savare also counsels clients on information privacy issues, cybersquatting, domain name disputes, and technology licensing and life science issues. As litigation Counsel, Mr. Savare handles various entertainment, intellectual property, false advertising, and privacy disputes, including litigating and negotiating matters regarding copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, trade dress, and trade secret claims. Prior to joining Lowenstein Sandler, Mr. Savare worked for six years for the Department of the Army at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, negotiating and drafting multi-million dollar contracts for Night Vision equipment and services.