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Affiliated Faculty

Jonathan Barnett Jonathan Barnett
Director, Media, Entertainment & Technology Law Program

Prof. Jonathan Barnett teaches and publishes in all areas of intellectual property law as well as antitrust, contracts, and business organizations. Much of his research addresses the interaction between intellectual property rights, transactional form and organizational structure in content and technology markets. Currently he is undertaking an empirical study of contracting practices in the film industry. He has published in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Journal of Legal Studies, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and other scholarly journals. He joined USC Law in fall 2006 and was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law in fall 2010. Prior to academia, Prof. Barnett represented clients in private equity and mergers and acquisition transactions as a senior associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. He is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Valerie Barreiro Valerie Barreiro
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Interim Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic


Prior to joining USC Gould, Prof. Barreiro was a Business Affairs executive and Vice President of Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal. Prof. Barreiro structured, negotiated and drafted all key agreements relating to the development, production and exhibition of unscripted television programs, such as The Voice, and provided legal counsel to senior executives at the Universal Television Studio and the NBC Network.

Prof. Barreiro joined NBC as media counsel in 2006. In that role, she served as lead media counsel for the west coast Telemundo television stations and reviewed scripts and provided legal advice on developing news stories for various news programs, including NBC Nightly News and Today Show.

Prof. Barreiro started her legal career in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, where she tried more than 50 criminal cases. Prof. Barreiro litigated numerous intellectual property cases at Weston & McElvain LLP in Los Angeles and also served as a deputy city attorney, negotiating the renewal of franchise agreements with cable operators Adelphia, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.

Prof. Barreiro is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she was an editor of the Communications and Entertainment Law Journal. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University.

Michael Chasalow Michael Chasalow
Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Small Business Clinic

Michael Chasalow directs the USC Small Business Clinic, where students gain hands-on experience handling transactional legal problems and providing basic corporate legal assistance to small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations. He also teaches Counseling the Start-up Company, Partnerships & Limited Liability Companies and Business Organizations. Prof. Chasalow's scholarly interests involve the development and structure of business ventures as well as corporate governance issues and issues relating to the governance of partnerships and LLCs.

Prof. Chasalow attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in both English and economics. He received his J.D. from Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law and his M.B.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles. After law school Prof. Chasalow practiced law for several years, initially as a transactional attorney with Latham and Watkins in Los Angeles, where he specialized in such complex corporate transactions as mergers and acquisitions and the issuance of sophisticated debt securities. Prof. Chasalow also spent several years involved with private equity groups focused on the development and financing of start-up and early stage companies.

In 1993, Prof. Chasalow founded the ARI Consulting Group, which provided business consulting and legal services to start-up companies. In 2004, he was given the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award by USC Law's Student Bar Association. He has also taught at Whittier School of Law and Loyola Law School.



Research Faculty

  • Daniel Klerman
    Daniel Klerman is on the editorial boards of Law & History Review and Journal of Legal Analysis and is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). He served on the Board of Directors of the American Law & Economics Association from 2009-2012 and was co-president of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies in 2008-09.
  • Edward McCaffery
    Edward McCaffery is an internationally recognized expert in tax law. He studies tax policy, tax structures, public finance theory including behavioral public finance, as well as property law and theory, intellectual property, and law and economics.

Lecturers in Law (Media and Entertainment)

  • Lincoln Bandlow
    Lincoln Bandlow is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, where his practice focuses on sophisticated media, First Amendment, intellectual property and other entertainment-related litigation matters. He represents clients in the motion picture, television, publishing, broadcasting, Internet and advertising fields, and has tried cases in both state and federal courts for matters involving copyright infringement, defamation, right of publicity, right of privacy, trademark infringement and breach of contract. He has been named to the Hollywood Reporter's "Top 100 Power Lawyers" list three times. He earned his JD magna cum laude from Boston University.
  • Kelly Crabb
    Kelly Crabb is a partner in the Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Group at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP, resident in the firm's Los Angeles office.
  • Laura Black Dawson
    Laura Dawson is Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for MGM Television, serving as the head of business and legal affairs for MGM's television development and production operations.
  • Corey Field
    Corey Field is the principal author of the legal treatise Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis published by Law Journal Press, New York, a division of American Lawyer Media.
  • Michael Grizzi
    Michael Grizzi is Executive Vice President of Motion Picture Legal for Paramount Pictures Corporation, where he is responsible for high level talent employment, rights acquisition, term deal and related agreements for Paramount's motion pictures.
  • Jonathan Handel
    Jonathan Handel practices transactional entertainment and technology law at TroyGould in Los Angeles and is a contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Adam Hime
    Adam Hime, JD 2004, is senior vice president, business and legal affairs for Viacom Media Networks Global Entertainment Group, where he has also served as senior vice president and head of West Coast intellectual property and litigation. His experience includes negotiating high-level production services, co-finance, executive producer, showrunner, talent and writer agreements, as well as oversight of production on numerous scripted and unscripted projects. He was recognized as a rising star in entertainment and intellectual property by Los Angeles Magazine. He earned his JD from USC Gould, where he received the Hon. Warren J. Ferguson Award and was an editor of the Southern California Law Review.
  • Tara Kole
    Tara Kole is a partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. She focuses her practice on entertainment law, representing many established and emerging film and television directors, writers, actors and producers.
  • Chris Larkin
    Chris Larkin is a partner in the Century City office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has practiced trademark law for over 30 years in New York and California.
  • Alan J. Levine
    Alan J. Levine is Managing Partner of Canon Media Partners. He is the former president and chief operating officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
  • Mark Litwak
    Mark Litwak is an entertainment attorney whose practice includes copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters. He has published several books on film production, financing and distribution.
  • Brian Peck
    Brian Peck serves as director in charge of international affairs and business development for the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the lead state agency for California's economic strategy on issues relating to international trade and investment.
  • Robin Russell
    Robin has an active consulting practice focused on Litigation Strategy, Expert Witness services, Media Optimization and Content Distribution. Robin has been a lawyer and executive at some of the country's leading networks and studios.
  • Randol Schoenberg
    Randol Schoenberg was the co-founding partner of Burris, Schoenberg & Walden, LLP. During the past decade, he has litigated several prominent cases, including Republic of Austria v. Altmann. In 2007, Mr. Schoenberg received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award for outstanding achievement in the field of litigation.
  • Susan Seager
    Susan Seager is a sole practitioner providing legal review and opinion letters on documentaries, books, television productions, films and news stories, and serves as an independent contractor for law firms in media defense and First Amendment litigation. She also serves as a part-time columnist for Law Newz, where she writes about the First Amendment, voter rights, immigration and other legal issues. She was a vice president in the litigation team at Fox Entertainment Group for a decade, and previously was an associate in the media law practice group at Davis Write Tremaine LLP. She received her JD from Yale Law School.
  • Larry Sheffield
    Larry Sheffield is Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at APA (Agency for the Performing Arts).
  • Stanton Stein
    Stanton "Larry" Stein is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif and Taylor, in the firm's Entertainment & Media Litigation department.
  • C.J. Vranca
    Caroline Jasmine ("CJ") Vranca is Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Bunim/Murray Productions, providing business and legal support as well as business strategy and business development to all departments of the company.
  • Josh Wattles
    Josh Wattles is advisor in chief to deviantART, the world's largest online community for artists and art enthusiasts, and he has acted as both general counsel for Paramount Pictures and senior intellectual property lawyer for Paramount Communications.
  • Kenneth Wilton
    Ken Wilton is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of the firm's national trademark practice.
  • Daniel Yankelevits
    Daniel Yankelevits is senior vice president, legal affairs, at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where his primary responsibilities include negotiating and drafting talent, financing, rights and other agreements relating to motion picture projects. Prior to his tenure at Sony Pictures, he was a business affairs executive in the motion picture group at DreamWorks. He previously served as director of business and legal affairs at New Line Cinema, and as director of business affairs for Home Box Office (HBO), where he helped structure the deals for series such as The Sopranos. He earned his JD at Harvard Law School.
  • Rami Yanni
    Rami Yanni is partner at Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, with 24 years of experience advising multinational companies, emerging growth companies and individuals. His expertise includes intellectual property transactions, licensing, portfolio strategy and management, enforcement and anti-piracy matters. He has negotiated hundreds of license, distribution, purchase and sale agreements for clients from a wide range of industries, including motion picture, television, music, e-commerce, apparel, footwear, cosmetics, consumer electronics, food and beverage, software, video game, publishing, toys, theme park and sporting goods, and has represented major motion picture studios and television networks in copyright and trademark matters. He received his JD from Loyola Law School.

Lecturers in Law (Patent and Technology)

  • Wayne Barsky
    Wayne Barsky is a partner in the Century City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and is National Co-Chairman of the firm's 125-lawyer Intellectual Property Practice Group.
  • Marc Brown
    Marc E. Brown is a partner in the Century City office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and head of the office's patent procurement practice.
  • Rick Friedman
    Rick Friedman is of counsel to the law firm of DLA Piper where he counsels venture capital firms and emerging and established companies in the technology, life sciences and media/entertainment sectors.
  • Jason Lo
    Jason Lo practices intellectual property law, with a focus on patent and trade secrets litigation, as a partner resident in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
  • Roman Melnik
    Roman Melnik is a solo patent law practitioner. Mr. Melnik was formerly a partner with Irell & Manella LLP, specializing in patent litigation and counseling.

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