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Sandra Aistars is a Clinical Professor at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, leading the law school’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Program. She also serves as a Senior Scholar and Director of Copyright Research and Policy at the law school’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP).

Aistars has nearly twenty years of advocacy experience on behalf of copyright and other intellectual property owners. Throughout her career she has served in positions that required mastery of intellectual property issues, federal policy process and development, and the ability to understand and manage the implications of intellectual property policies across a portfolio of businesses. In addition, Aistars has a wealth of experience working with policy makers in Washington and internationally. She has served on trade missions and been an industry advisor to the Department of Commerce on intellectual property implications for international trade negotiations; worked on legislative and regulatory matters worldwide; frequently testified before Congress and federal agencies regarding intellectual property matters; chaired cross-industry coalitions and technology standards efforts; and is regularly tapped by government agencies to lecture in U.S. government-sponsored study tours for visiting legislators, judges, prosecutors, and regulators.

Immediately prior to joining Scalia Law, Aistars was the Chief Executive Officer of the Copyright Alliance – a nonprofit, public interest organization that represents the interests of artists and creators across the creative spectrum. While at Scalia Law, she continues to collaborate with the Copyright Alliance as a member of its Academic Advisory Board. Aistars has also previously served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. She began her legal career in private practice at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP.

Theo Cheng is an independent, full-time mediator and arbitrator, focusing on commercial, intellectual property, entertainment, technology, and labor/employment disputes. He is a member of Resolute Systems’ Employment and Commercial panels of arbitrators and mediators, the Commercial and Large, Complex Case mediation and arbitration rosters of the American Arbitration Association, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute, a FINRA arbitrator, and an arbitrator and mediator for several federal and state courts. He was also appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.

He has conducted over 500 arbitrations and mediations involving commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, trade secret theft, employment discrimination claims, wage-and-hour disputes, and intellectual property infringement contentions. The National Law Journal named him a 2017 ADR Champion.

Casey Chisick co-chairs the Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Copyright). Having worked as a law professor, a jazz promoter and a musician – and even as artistic director of an internationally-renowned folk dance company – Casey offers his clients a rare combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. As litigation counsel, Casey has appeared in five seminal copyright cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: SOCAN v. Bell Canada, Entertainment Software Association v. SOCAN, Rogers Communications v. SOCAN, Alberta v. Access Copyright, and CBC v. SODRAC. He has also represented clients in copyright and entertainment matters before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Moreover, Casey has extensive experience in rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada. Casey serves as an officer and member of the executive committee of CSUSA and founding co-chair of the CSUSA International Chapter; Chair of the ABA International Copyright Laws & Treaties committee; co-chair of the biennial LSUC Entertainment, Media & Advertising Law Symposium; Course Director for the Copyright Master Class presented annually by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill University; and a member of the advisory board of IP Osgoode, a research institute at Osgoode Hall Law School that explores legal and policy issues at the intersection of intellectual property and technology. Casey was the gold medallist in law at the University of Manitoba, earned a Masters of Law as a Fulbright and Frank Knox scholar at Harvard Law School, and served as law clerk to The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Lacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada. He began his professional career as a law professor, first at the University of Manitoba and later at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught copyright, intellectual property, corporate law, negotiation and dispute resolution to hundreds of students.

Dan Cooper currently serves as SVP of Intellectual Property, Head of IP Analysis and Insights at NBCUniversal. Based in Universal City, he oversees a team of lawyers and analysts that advise and collaborate with NBCUniversal entertainment divisions worldwide (across live action & animated film & television, theme park, and merchandising) on production, distribution and ancillary rights issues, including copyright issues that arise throughout the entire lifecycle of IP. Prior to NBCUniversal, Dan’s in house entertainment/copyright experience also included working at Paramount Pictures as SVP, Intellectual Property and as VP, Business & Legal Affairs at Fox Interactive Media/Myspace. Before making the transition in-house, Dan worked as an IP litigator at the Los Angeles offices of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp and Arnold & Porter. He is a graduate of Columbia University for both college and law school, and resides in LA with his wife, three children and dog.

Aldo de Landa has been an associate in the IP Litigation Department of Arochi & Lindner’s Mexico City office since 2000. He has more than 18 years of experience in intellectual property counseling and litigation involving trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and domain names. Aldo holds a law degree from ITAM and a Master in Law specializing in Intellectual Property from University College London. He is a member of AMPPI (the Mexican chapter of AIPPI), where he serves on the Copyrights Committee, as well as of CSUSA and INTA. In addition, Aldo has served as a professor at Panamericana University and the Institute of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, where he taught courses on copyright law, intellectual property litigation and domain name disputes. He also worked as Deputy Director of Projects at the Mexican Copyright Office in 2009. He has authored several articles in journals and other publications.

William H. Frankel is a Shareholder at Brinks, Gilson & Leone. In over three decades of practice, Bill has earned a reputation for his uncompromising ethics and dedication to client needs. He has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation since 2005, has been named in Euromoney’s Guides to the World's Leading Patent and Trademark Law Experts, and has been recognized by Chambers U.S.A., The Best Lawyers in America, and Who’s Who Legal, among other accolades. He is also a trained mediator, using his judgment and experience to help both clients and litigants resolve intellectual property disputes outside the courtroom.

Bill represents clients in leading cases in federal trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission and alternative dispute resolution fora. His engineering background and communication skills have helped him distill complex fact patterns into compelling arguments involving medical devices, packaging materials, hydraulics, consumer electronics, navigation systems, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce matters, social media, software applications, automotive technologies, oil and gas drilling technologies, and cargo restraint apparatus.

Businesses with global aspirations rely on Bill for worldwide IP protection, as well as the coordination of legal strategies in cross-border IP disputes. He has worked with clients throughout Europe, as well as in Canada, Israel, Australia and China, and has represented domestic and foreign companies before the International Trade Commission.

As Chair of Brinks Gilson & Lione’s Copyright Group, Bill handles a range of cutting-edge copyright disputes. He is a past President and active Board member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, an association that provides pro bono legal assistance to artists and arts organizations in the Chicago area.

Naomi Jane Gray is a principal in the law firm Shades of Gray Law Group, P.C., where she focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, with a particular emphasis on copyrights and trademarks. She has managed complex cases in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation counseling through appellate review, and has considerable experience in discovery and motion practice. Ms. Gray’s extensive copyright law experience includes representing a magazine publisher in a series of cutting-edge lawsuits at the intersection of traditional print media and emerging electronic technologies which ultimately established the publisher’s right to reproduce its magazine in electronic format (see, e.g., Faulkner, et al. v. National Geographic Society, et al., 294 F. Supp. 2d 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); aff’d, 409 F.3d 26 (2d Cir. 2005)). Ms. Gray has advised clients with respect to diverse types of copyright issues, including fair use, work for hire, transfers, licenses and enforcement in transactional, counseling and litigation settings. Ms. Gray is a frequent speaker on topical issues on the copyright area, having appeared at events hosted by the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Practising Law Institute; the American Bar Association; the State Bar of California; the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Her publications include: Fair Use, published in Understanding Copyright Law 2009 (Practising Law Institute) Enforcing Copyrights, published in Understanding Copyright Law 2008 (Practising Law Institute) Overview of Copyright Basics and Basic of the Copyright Office, published in Understanding Copyright Law 2007 (Practising Law Institute) International Protection of a Franchisor’s System (Copyrights), published in American Bar Association Forum on Franchising (2004) Comment: Analyzing the Publisher’s Section 201(c) Privilege in the Wake of New York Times v. Tasini, 53 C.W.L.R. (2003) Ms. Gray served as the Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A from 2005-2007 and as a Trustee of the Copyright Society from 2006-2008. She also served on the Committee on Copyrights and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2000-2003. Ms. Gray is admitted to practice in the states of California and New York; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Ninth Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Gray graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995, where she served as an editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law and the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. She obtained bachelor’s degrees in Government and French Studies from Smith College in 1992, where she competed at the 1992 World Debating Championships in Dublin, Ireland and the 1992 National Debating Championships in Boston, Massachusetts. She also holds a Certificat d’Etudes Politiques from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France. She is fluent in French.

Nancy Kopans is vice president, general counsel and secretary of ITHAKA, and oversees the organization’s legal, compliance, and governance needs. She has served on many copyright and tax-exempt organization committees as well as on boards of directors. Nancy holds a bachelor of arts in earth sciences from Dartmouth College, a master of arts and master of philosophy in English from Columbia University, and a juris doctor from Georgetown University.

Kevin Tottis opened TottisLaw, where he is Managing Partner, in 1996 after several years as a partner in a national law firm. He has over 30 years of litigation experience, first-chairing dozens of matters for clients across the country. Along with his substantial background in commercial cases, Kevin has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property litigation and is a frequent speaker and writer on IP issues. He is on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute, is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2010. Kevin has been elected by his peers to leadership positions in several professional associations including seats on the boards of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Lawyers Club of Chicago and secretary of the U.S. group of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriètè Intellectuelle. He also is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Michigan (A.B. 1983, with Distinction and Honors in English; J.D. 1986).

Margaret Wheeler-Frothingham is a managing associate in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Her practice covers all aspects of copyright and trademark litigation, as well as counseling, licensing and prosecution.

While Margaret represents clients across a broad range of industries, her practice has a particular emphasis on the music, media and fashion industries. Margaret litigates copyright infringement actions and royalty rate setting proceedings – including before the Copyright Royalty Board, where she obtained one of only two royalty rate reductions ever granted in that court. Margaret represents digital music services, as well as other content users in negotiations and disputes with record labels, music publishers, photographers and other rights holders.

Margaret’s trademark practice includes representing fashion, hospitality and alcoholic beverage companies in trademark and trade dress infringement litigations in federal court and proceedings before the TTAB.

In addition to litigation, Margaret counsels companies ranging from local hospitality venues to multinational fashion retailers on a wide variety of issues, including clearance, licensing, brand protection, digital media issues and DMCA compliance, and right of publicity. She has represented the global trademark portfolios of multinational corporations in connection with international and domestic trademark prosecution, enforcement and litigation. She also assists her clients with licensing and other IP transactions.

Margaret is actively involved in pro bono work. She has counseled individual musicians and artists, as well as nonprofit media companies, on a variety of legal and compliance issues.

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