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DOCUMENTS AND DEALS: Strategic Alliance,private placement, asset purchase and sale, commercial leasing, LLC operating agreements, investor-rights agreements, debt instruments, participation and alliance agreements and other business transaction documentation, including the complex defeasance of an open-ended, $29.4 million eight-tiered commercial entertainment loan through Wachovia Securities/Wells Fargo; and the successfully completed conversion of a film production client from privately held to publicly traded company (OTC Pink Sheets) through a reverse merger and forward stock split.
DIGITAL PRIVACY / DIGITAL RIGHTS: Streaming and digital information platforms for both transfer / protection, rights and license agreements in all media. Privacy Compliance based on The California Consumer Privacy Act introduced in late June of 2018. Privacy compliance and consulting for multiple e-commerce clients and service providers with digital client interactions, create compliant and enforceable clickwrap and browse-wrap embedded agreements for business relationships based on digital sites.
LICENSING: Licensing includes (deal terms and celebrity participants restricted by confidentiality provisions still in effect) Home Box Office, Sesame Street Workshop, NBC, Disney, Research in Motion (“Blackberry”), Sony Corporation, MGM Home Entertainment, Nike, E!, and MGM, Raymond Weil, Nike, Tangram, Asics and Disney and USA Today and trade partners and lifestyle-branding alliances between the major brands and metric-specific digital-media, design, creative studio and production companies..
IN THE COURTROOM: To verdict at trial by the Bench or by mediation, arbitration, or other judicial adjudication of non-competition provisions, pay-or-play provisions, and outright breach in multimillion-dollar operating agreements, partnerships and master service agreements. Defended and prosecuted lawsuits to determine financial rights in business-relationship dissolution’s and other complex business disputes, including in the Federal District Court under the Securities and Exchange Act. Co-Counsel representing U.S. interests in a multi-jurisdictional lawsuit for Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker resulting in perpetual doubling of Artists Royalties. Successful prosecution of equity actions, such as Declaratory Judgments and Injunctions. Trial practice in all related court systems, including District Courts in Illinois, Massachusetts and both the Northern and Central Districts of California as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
SCREENS: Authored multiple broadcast partnerships, Production Finance Agreements, co-production, talent and alliance agreements with companies such as Amazon, Itv, Viacom, Granada America Television, Endemol, Turner Broadcasting, Left Right, Go-Big Entertainment, Turner Broadcasting, HBO and Showtime including for producers, show runners and executive producers of current programming. Swift produced exclusively for comedian Bill Murray for a 15 month series run on Murray’s only original location programming; achieving full rights reversion to the Murray family.
TUNES: Music licensing and publishing for acts such as Cream (U.S. counsel for Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), Wu Tang Clan, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Buddy Guy, 3rd Eye Blind, Jimmy Webb, Billy Squier, Boston, E-Train, and acts managed or signed by Irving Azoff, Clive Davis and the Universal Music Group among many, many others.
Education: Boston University: bachelor’s degree in international relations; IIT, Chicago: Kent College of Law, Chicago: Juris Doctor.