Meet the NMR Staff

Art Neill

Founder / Executive Director

Joined NMR in: 

October 2005

art@newmediarights.org

Art is the founder of New Media Rights, and practices public interest law in the areas of internet, intellectual property, privacy, and media law. 

Art is also a professor at California Western School of Law teaching the courses Internet & Social Media Law (primarily focused on Internet, Intellectual Property, licensing, and online publishing law) as well as an Internet & Media Law Clinic.

In 2011, 2013, and 2015 Art was appointed as a member of the Federal Communication Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee, where he served as Co-chair of the Broadband Working Group.  In 2014, Art was named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders.

Click here to learn more about Art, including publications, interviews, and presentations.

Shaun Spalding

Staff Attorney

Joined NMR in: 

June 2010

Shaun Spalding is an intellectual property attorney specializing in digital entertainment, and a former Assistant Director of New Media Rights. He's also a graduate of California Western School of Law.  Before making contracts and copyright his main hobbies, Shaun worked briefly as a commercial video producer and for several years as a competent-but-untalented graphic and web designer. Shaun likes working with passionate artists and entrepreneurs because he likes to think of himself as one as well. He sleeps well at night knowing that he can help steer the direction of New Media Rights, an organization that helps artists, entrepreneurs, and consumers achieve their goals everyday.

Erika Lee

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

May 2015

Before joining New Media Rights, Erika worked for four years in the marketing department of a large performing arts center in Madison, Wisconsin, where she assisted in programming projects and events that engaged local communities with the arts, and promoted national Broadway and non-Broadway touring productions.

Erika received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she developed a strong interest in copyright law and new media from her classes, her work outside the classroom, as well as the influence of her friends who are pursuing careers in the entertainment industry as actors, writers, directors and producers. She moved to Southern California from Wisconsin to pursue a career in entertainment law.

Erika is entering her second year at California Western School of Law, where she is an active member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, and Phi Alpha Delta. When she is not at the New Media Rights office or in class, Erika can be found at the beach, exploring California, or watching films and television shows.

Erin Murphy Girard

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

January 2016

Erin P. Murphy joined New Media rights in January, 2016.  After a fast-paced sales career at a pioneer internet company, she decided to pursue a legal degree.  Tired of the cold winters in Boston, Erin headed west for San Diego and is currently in her 4th semester at California Western School of Law.

Erin is extremely interested in internet law and how it can protect works without stifling technological and creative advancement.  She is specifically concerned about how the law can better keep up with technology. 

When Erin is not working or studying, she is likely spending time with her new husband.  She loves dogs, poker, and the New England Patriots.

Maresa Martin

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

 

A Texas native, Maresa graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics.  After graduation served as a Senate aide and Legal Assistant at the Texas State Capitol for two years.  Subsequently, Maresa came to San Diego after joining the U.S. Navy, and currently serves as a naval reservist.

Maresa is fascinated with the mainstream emphasis on a “brand,” ranging from the choice to purchase Kellogg over Post cereal to sending a Kimoji text message.  Because of her fascination with the IP infiltration into everyday life, Maresa desires to specialize in Copyright & Trademark Infringement and Licensing.  Now in her third year at California Western School of Law, Maresa is looking forward to working with small businesses and start-up companies to help them establish their own brands and protect their creativity.

Outside of class or work, Maresa enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Cat Mineo

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Cat received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Crime, Law, and Justice from the Pennsylvania State University, where she developed a strong interest in the legal field. Following her undergraduate time in Happy Valley, Cat worked for four years in the legal field as a paralegal in a variety of firm practice.

She moved to California from New Jersey to pursue her career as an attorney and was welcomed into the legal community of San Diego by joining the San Diego Legal Secretaries Association. Cat is entering her second year at California Western School of Law, where she is an active member and Board Secretary of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association.

In her free time, Cat can be found riding her bicycle, hiking the trails and canyons, or walking around in the beautiful Southern California weather.

Mike Flesuras

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

My passion for playing music started at a young age. I spent countless hours listening to the radio learning any guitar riff I heard. Out of high school, I put off college to join a rock band. The band toured the U.S. with acts like Social Distortion, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Psychedelic Furs, and Unwritten Law. Later, while still writing music for my band, I began producing and writing songs for other artists as well. Having proficient knowledge of creating music, I decided to get a law degree to learn more about music law and business. I want to further my own knowledge but also help other musicians understand the music “business” and how to protect their music rights.

Samantha Lopez

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Ready to escape from the scorching hot summers in Las Vegas, she decided to pursue her goals of becoming an attorney in beautiful San Diego, California.

Samantha is currently in her third year of law school at California Western and is an active member of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Samantha has gained further interest in Entertainment and Business Law and ultimately hopes to practice in these areas.

When Samantha is not studying or at the New Media Rights office, she is exercising, looking for new recipes to try, or catching up on Netflix.

Nathalie Garcia

Legal Intern

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Prior to law school, I received a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Florida International University. I worked in a human resources department for a media company for several years before deciding to pursue my dream of a legal career. I relocated to San Diego, California and began attending California Western School of Law.

Initially, I was interested in criminal law and after a few semesters interning in the area I decided that path is not for me. I realized how passionate I was when working in the media realm and wanted to find my way back into that area.

I am entering my third year of law school and have developed an interest in business, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property. I am extremely excited to embark in this journey at New Media Rights and look forward to learning about intellectual property.

When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time on the beach, hiking, cooking, traveling, and basketball season (GO Miami Heat!). 

Bryan Blanco

Student Fellow

Joined NMR in: 

September 2016

Before attending California Western, Bryan worked with filmmakers and musicians in his hometown of Miami producing music videos and short films. Shorts he assisted on have played at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, Park City’s Slamdance Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival.

Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus on film studies from Florida International University. The film program at FIU lead him to study abroad in Czech Republic, where he attended the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to learn the business behind film production. It was during his tenure at FIU he decided to take his passion in film to pursue a legal career in entertainment law.

Now entering his second year of law school, Bryan is looking forward to specializing in fields such as intellectual property, entertainment, and employment. After law school he wants to practice law and attend AFI’s producer program.

Outside of school and New Media Rights, Bryan spends most of his time with his dog, Rosco, exploring San Diego, watching movies, and playing records.