Counsel of the Year Awards Honorees

We are pleased to announce the  Counsel of the Year Awards Honorees

AUDREY LEE
Counsel of the Year
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Starz

JEFF SCHNEIDER
Dealmaker of the Year
Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
National Geographic Partners

STEPHANIE WARD
Rising Star
Senior Director, Business Development & Legal Affairs
Electus


KAREN THORLAND
Public Counsel
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Motion Picture Association of America 

DEBBIE SPANDER
Sports Counsel
Senior Vice President, Broadcasting and Coaching
Wasserman Media Group

TIM COHAN
Music Counsel
Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs
 Peermusic

MARK STUBINGTON
Labor and Employment Counsel
Vice President, Labor Relations Counsel
Walt Disney Pictures and Television

NEER GUPTA
Technology and New Media Counsel
Associate General Counsel
Verizon

BAKER HOSTETLER
Law Firm of the Year

SAT BISLA

Founders Award

RICHARD PATTI
Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Live Nation Entertainment
Counsel Of The Year

DAMON BONESTEEL
Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Pwc Brandhorst Dealmaker Of The Year

JONATHAN SCHWARTZ
Executive Director, Business Affairs
Paradigm Talent Agency
Rising Star

ERYN DOHERTY
Vice President, Labor Relations
NBCUniversal
Labor And Employment Counsel Of The Year

DAN BUTLER
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal – Music
Paramount Pictures
Music Counsel of the Year

ERIC BURTON
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
FOX Sports Media Group
Sports Counsel Of The Year


CAMILLE RUSTIA
Manager, Original Series
Netflix
Technology And New Media Counsel Of The Year

JUNE BALDWIN
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Corporate and Legal Affairs
KCETLink
Public Service Counsel

ROBERT MASON
Senior Vice President, Business & Legal
Lionsgate
Excellence In Dispute Resolution

 KNOBBE MARTEN
Law Firm of the Year

DIXON DERN
Founder’s Award​

Counsel Of The Year
Clarissa Weirick
General Counsel
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker

Navine A. Karim
Head of Legal
Red Bull Media House

 Rising Star
Nathaniel Hargress
Senior Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs
Viacom

 Labor & Employment Counsel
Kathy Christovich
Senior Director of Legal Services
Writers Guild of America West

 Technology & New Media Counsel
Suchir Batra
Director of Business & Legal Affairs
Fullscreen, Inc.

 Founders Award
Bill Simon
Global Sector Leader, Entertainment and Media Practice
Korn Ferry

Counsel Of The Year
Stephen Kay
General Counsel
Roku

 PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
Gil Goldschein
Chairman and CEO
Bunim Murray Productions

Rising Star
Anat Hovav
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
MGM

 Labor & Employment Counsel
Beth Millman
National Director, Television Contracts
SAG-AFTRA

 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel

Aamna Jalal
Vice President of Legal Affairs
Thinkwell Group

 Public Service Counsel Rajiv Dalal
Deputy Film Czar
City of Los Angeles

 Sports Counsel
Jeffrey Gewirtz
Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

Technology & New Media Counsel
Sonya Bhatia Patel
Head of Legal & Business Affairs
M-GO
A Technicolor and Dreamworks Animation Joint Venture

Video & Online Games Counsel

Jennifer Stump
Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Digital & New Media Counsel of the Year

Robert Radar

General Counsel
Ovation LLC

Law Firm of the Year
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Counsel Of The Year
Rebecca Prentice
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Paramount Pictures

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
Matthew Zinn
General Counsel and Secretary
Jaunt VR

 Rising Star
Bayan Laird
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Legendary Entertainment

Labor & Employment Counsel
Marc Sandman
Senior Vice President Labor Relations
Disney/ABC Television Group

 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
John Wilson
Vice President and Chief Counsel, Intellectual Property
Caesars Entertainment Corporation

 Public Service Counsel
F. Jay Dougherty
Professor of Law
Director, Entertainment & Media Law Institute
Loyola Law School

 Sports Counsel
Lisa K. Levine
General Counsel
National Women’s Soccer League

 Technology & New Media Counsel
Relani Belous
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
PGMI, Inc.

 Video & Online Games Counsel
Adam Sullivan
Director, Head of Business & Legal Affairs
Square Enix

Founders Award
Patrick Sweeney
Partner
Interactive Entertainment Law Group

 Law Firm of the Year
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Counsel Of The Year
Douglas Kranwinkle
Executive Vice President
Univision Television Group

 Rising Star
Julia Harris
Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs
MGM

 Hon. H. Warren Knight JAMS Peacemaker Award
Kimberly Sheffield Deck.
Mediator
Judicate West

Labor & Employment Counsel
Thomas Carpenter
Assistant Executive Director, Eastern Regional Director and General Counsel
Actors’ Equity Association

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
SAG-AFTRA

 Public Service Counsel
Jane Mago
General Counsel and Executive Vice President
National Association of Broadcasters

Sports Counsel
Peter Steckelman
Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Tennis Channel

Technology & New Media Counsel
Lisa Hatton Harrington
General Counsel
ASICS America

Law Firm of the Year
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Counsel Of The Year
Alan Saxe
Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs
TRIBUNE STUDIOS/WGN-AMERICA

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
Kristin McQueen
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group

 Rising Star
Drew Wheeler
General Counsel
All-American Heavyweights

Excellence in Arts Law
Lesley Rosenthal
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Labor & Employment Counsel
Mark Ansorge
Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer

Warner Music Group

 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
Matthew Swaya
Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Starbucks Coffee Company

Public Service Counsel
Arthur Levine
Professor
California State University Long Beach

Sports Counsel
Karen Brodkin
Senior Vice President
Fox Cable Networks/ Fox Sports

Technology & New Media Counsel
Brian Ward
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Studios
Activision Blizzard

 Law Firm of the Year
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Counsel Of The Year
Joaquin Balcarcel Santa Cruz
Vice President-Legal and General Counsel
Grupo Televisa

 PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
Claudia Teran
Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs
FOX Cable Networks

Rising Star
Joanna Mamey
Business Representative, Theatrical, Television, Interactive Games & New Media Contracts
SAG-AFTRA

International Counsel
Gabriella Dore
Executive Vice President, General Counsel FNG Europe and Africa
Fox Networks Group

Labor & Employment Counsel
Keith Gorham
Senior Vice President, Labor Relations
NBCUniversal, Inc.

Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
Danielle Bernthal
Assistant General Counsel
Six Flags

Sports Counsel
Bobby Sharma
Vice President & General Counsel
NBA Development League

Technology & New Media Counsel
Clarissa Weirick
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Warner Brothers Digital Distribution Group

Founders Award
H. Warren Knight
Founder
Judicial Arbitration and Mediation  Service

Law Firm of the Year
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Counsel Of The Year
Michael Fricklas
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Viacom Inc.

 PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
David Steinberg
Executive Vice President
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Rising Star
Matthew Matzkin
Director, Business Affairs
Warner Bros. Television

 Law Firm of the Year
Mitchell Silberg & Knupp LLP

Excellence in Branded Entertainment
David B. Stern
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs
Key Brand Entertainment

International Counsel
Aamod Gupte
Vice President – Legal and Business
Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (Times Group)

Labor & Employment Counsel
David P. White
National Executive Director & Chief Negotiator
SAG-AFTRA

Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
Pam Reynolds
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal
MGM Studios

Sports Counsel
Sam Fernandez
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Los Angeles Dodgers

Technology & New Media Counsel
Dean Marks
Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property
Warner Bros. Entertainment

Video & Online Games Counsel
George Rose
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs
Activision

Counsel Of The Year
David C. Friedman
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Summit Entertainment

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
Frank Smith
Senior Vice President & Legal Affairs
Walden Media

 Rising Star
C.J. Vranca
Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
Yari Film Group

 Labor & Employment Counsel
Robert Manfred
Executive Vice President of Economics and League Affairs
Major League Baseball

Excellence in Branded Entertainment
David Matlin
Vice President, Legal Affairs
Scripps Networks

 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
Scott McLester
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer
Wyndham Worldwide

 Law Firm of the Year
Loeb & Loeb LLP

Public Service Counsel
Nancy Rapoport
Special Counsel to the President of UNLV
Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of LawUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sports Counsel
Ethan Orlinsky
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Major League Baseball Properties

 Technology & New Media Counsel
Elizabeth Matthews
Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
VIACOM MEDIA NETWORKS

Counsel Of The Year
Vernon Chu
General Counsel
BBC Worldwide Americas

PwC Dan Brandhorst Memorial Dealmaker
Julie Jacobs
Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
AOL

 Rising Star
Andy Wong
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
CBS Television

Excellence in Branded Entertainment
Lynne Fuller-Andrews
Associate General Counsel
Hanesbrands Inc.

 Labor & Employment Counsel
Laura Legge
 Vice President & Labor Relations Counsel
ABC

 Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
Andrew (Randy) Winograd
President and General Counsel
SBE

Law Firm of the Year
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Public Service Counsel Steve Yamaguchi
University Counsel
University of Southern California

Sports Counsel
Lisa Stancati
Assistant Chief Counsel
ESPN

 Technology & New Media Counsel
Antonious Porch
Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Nickelodeon

 Video & Online Games Counsel
Debra Baker
Senior Vice President, Business Operations
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Counsel Of The Year
Robert J. Gerrard Jr.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Scripps Networks

 PwC Daniel Brandhorst Deal Maker of the Year
Rick Levy
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
International Creative Management

Rising Star
Kevin Garrett Monroe
Senior Counsel
The Walt Disney Studios

Labor & Employment Counsel
Jean Bonini
Executive Vice President of Labor Relations
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Live, Hospitality, & Location-Based Entertainment Counsel
Michael Silver
Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
Universal Parks & Resorts

Sports Counsel
Brooke Beyer
Senior Assistant General Counsel – Sponsorship & Licensing
NASCAR, Inc.

 Daniel Siegel
Vice President – New Business Development & Legal Counsel
CMG Worldwide

Technology & New Media Counsel
Eric Golden
President and Chief Executive Officer
Imagility Inc.

Counsel Of The Year
Leah Weil
Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Sony Pictures Entertainment

 Deal Maker of the Year
David Baker
Commissioner
Arena Football League

 Rising Star
Travis Tygart
Senior Managing Director & General Counsel
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

Technology & New Media Counsel
Victoria Libin
Senior Director Legal Affairs
Atom Entertainment, Inc.

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