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Advanced Licensing Agreements 2021

Speaker(s): Darrelle M. Spears, David Rabinowitz, Eleanor M. Yost, Gail H. Zarick, Gillian M. Lusins, Grace L. Pan, Jeffrey M. Butler, Jeremy Schrire, Jonathan Sirota, Joseph Yang, Kenneth M. Kaufman, Lily Wound, Marcelo Halpern, Mark G. Tratos, Mark S. Holmes, Melvin C. Garner, Patrice P. Jean, Paul H. Arne, Peter J. Kinsella, Raymond R. Ferrell, Scott D. Miller, Stephen J. Rosenfeld, Tucker McCrady
Recorded on: Mar. 1, 2021
PLI Program #: 306706

Darrelle Spears is a Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs within the Global Digital Business department of Sony Music Entertainment in New York, NY. In this role, Darrelle is responsible for negotiating agreements with media companies that make music available in digital formats, and she advises the company on a variety of legal matters relating to copyright laws.

Prior to working at a record label, Darrelle began her legal career by working at a major, global law firm where she practiced general corporate transactional law and then moving to another major, global law firm where she focused her practice on intellectual property and informational technology transactions.

Darrelle received her J.D. from New York University’s School of Law. She also holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from Howard University.

Eleanor M. Yost litigates high-stakes intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She also manages international patent, trademark, and domain name portfolios for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. Eleanor’s clients rely on her for a broad range of intellectual property and government contracts advice, including patent and trademark prosecution, opinions, IP and software licensing, due diligence, and transactions. She is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar.

Jeffrey Butler advises on patent, trade secret, and other IP matters, particularly in the areas of pharmaceutical products and manufacturing processes, and capsule and other pharmaceutical and health-and-nutrition technologies, dosage form solutions, APIs and drug products, and excipients. He negotiates complex agreements, and advises on contract, licensing, unlawful-competition, liability and other legal matters. He has significant dispute-resolution experience (litigation, arbitration, mediation) in connection with patents, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach-of-contract, product-liability, trademarks and copyrights.

He has represented global companies in US litigations and domestic and international arbitrations (and has coordinated multinational patent-office and court proceedings). He manages prosecution matters as well as contentious proceedings in the USPTO and foreign patent offices (e.g., IPRs, oppositions).

He has authored a book on US trademark law (published in 2011), coauthored a book on US patent law (published in 2016), and he has authored and coauthored other books, chapters and articles on numerous U.S. and international IP, litigation and other legal topics, including new developments in U.S. patent and trademark law, biotech / pharma law, antitrust and unfair competition, standard-setting organizations, copyright law, moral rights, computer law, and depositions and discovery (including e-discovery and document preservation). He has presented papers, seminars, and symposia on those subjects in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is an active member of various professional organizations, both in the USA and in Europe, including the NYIPLA (currently serving as Co-Chair of the Legislative Action Committee, and past board member and treasurer of the association); the Hon. Wm. C. Conner Inn of Court (Barrister and Member of the Executive Committee); the VPP; the DAJV; GRUR; INGRES; LES Deutsche Landesgruppe e.V.; and the American Council on Germany (ACG).

Jeremy Schrire is a partner at Keystone Law and is recognised by the legal directories as one of the leading lawyers in the United Kingdom specialising in commercial agreements and related competition and IP matters.

Jeremy is involved in a number of industries including consumer goods, food and beverages, manufacturing, technology, e-commerce, healthcare, retail, and hotels and leisure. His focus is both advisory and transactional with a bias towards high level “board-room” issues affecting predominantly large multinational companies. His practice ranges from UK specific matters to those which are international in scope (including many which have no connection with England apart from the application of English contract law).   He acts for a number of international household name clients. 

He is listed in the latest edition of Legal 500 as one of the top 20 lawyers in London in the field of commercial contracts as well as being recommended in intellectual property.  He has been described by the Legal 500 as someone of whom “clients cannot speak highly enough” and someone who “always wins the points that need winning” and as having a “huge brain.  This year’s Legal 500 describes him as “having a razor sharp intellect” and being a “true go-to”.

He is also recommended by Chambers, listed as a leading lawyer by European Counsel and Global Counsel, named as an expert in intellectual property and commercial law by Legal Business and listed as an expert in both intellectual property and life sciences by PLC Which Lawyer. In addition to the PLI faculty, Jeremy also is on the panel of experts for Lexis-Nexis and sits on their editorial board.


Joseph Yang is an IP transactions partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP.

Joe specializes in structuring & negotiating tech/IP-centric deals (technology transactions, strategic alliances, patent licensing/sales, standards body issues, IP aspects of M&A) and in using IP as strategic business assets. He has led hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in and across the information technology, electronics, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, energy, chemical & manufacturing industries. Reflecting these diverse experiences, Joe is often retained to “bridge the gap” in cross-industry deals (e.g., joint ventures, IoT, SaaS & “big data” deals) between companies whose industries historically didn’t interact with each other.

Joe is also an expert witness for high stakes tech & patent licensing disputes.

Joe teaches the "Technology and Patent Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Joe is a long-time chair of the “Advanced Licensing,” “Advanced Patent Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” courses at the Practising Law Institute in NYC, SF and Chicago. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on licensing & patent law.

Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), negotiating deals under which 10+ billion devices/year are made by its licensees in the smart card/phone, semiconductor, pay TV, printer & other fields. He also developed, enforced & defended CRI’s patent portfolio, and played a key role in CRI’s successful sale in a series of M&A deals (with Macrovision & Rambus) valued at $400+ million.

Before that, Joe co-founded and later led the “IP Strategy & Transactions” practice based in the Silicon Valley office of the world’s largest law firm (Skadden, Arps). He has also practiced at other large multinational law firms, and served as an arbitrator.

Joe has been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists,” “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” and “World’s Leading IP & Technology Licensing Lawyers” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) publications. IAM named Joe as 1 of only 10 "highly recommended" IP transactional attorneys in California -- the only one from a boutique (non-AmLaw 100) firm:

“Joseph Yang is a major-league deal maker and licensing authority” as well as “a transactional mastermind” with arbitration and litigation skills that make him a formidable negotiator.” “He … is a creative problem solver who can clearly articulate legal risks and provide effective advice to guide business decision making.”

Joe is “one of the best expert witnesses you could hope to deal with. He considers all the issues before committing to an opinion, and his positions are always rock solid”.

He is also profiled in “Marquis Who’s Who in American Law”, “Marquis Who’s Who in America” and “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”, and named to the California SuperLawyers list.

Joe also serves on the advisory board of the Licensing Executives Society - Silicon Valley chapter, and is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley.

Joe was originally a research engineer in the aerospace & energy fields. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. (engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a board member of the Caltech Associates & Caltech Alumni Association.

Lily Wound, a partner in Goodwin’s Technology and Life Sciences group, has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and other life sciences companies in a wide range of complex commercial, corporate, and licensing transactions, including those involving gene therapy, gene editing, engineered cell therapy, and genomic testing.  With broad knowledge of licensing and collaboration matters, Ms. Wound has worked on some of the most complex life sciences collaborations in the industry and has handled transactions at every stage of the life cycle of a life sciences product.  In addition, her roster of domestic and international clients extends to the healthcare, healthcare information and technology, cosmetics, publishing, media, internet, software, and technology industries.

Ms. Wound joined Goodwin in 2019 from WilmerHale, where she served as counsel. She has also served as in-house counsel at Hearst Corporation, where she advised on all aspects of Hearst's businesses relating to healthcare information and technology, traditional media, new media, and digital media.  Her responsibilities at Hearst included serving as general counsel for an evidence-based medical information and technology company and leading all complex transactions in the newspapers division.

Ms. Wound also serves on the National Committee for Women in Bio, a networking organization for professional women in the life sciences and serves as the National Chair for Young Women in Bio, leading an organization that encourages young girls from elementary school to high school to study and pursue careers in STEM.  She has also served on the Steering Committee of the Women in Bio-Metro New York Chapter.  In addition, she serves as a Venture Advisor to ELabNYC, an accelerator program for life sciences startups in New York City.

Marcelo Halpern is the firmwide co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Technology Transactions and Privacy practice group.  His practice focuses on complex commercial transactions involving the development, deployment and distribution of technology in a wide variety of industries.

Marcelo counsels multinational FORTUNE 100 companies, startups, emerging growth companies, governments and nonprofits on structuring and negotiating collaboration, development, distribution, license and service agreements.  He provides practical counsel in connection with emerging technologies, including those related to big data analytics, artificial intelligence, fintech and blockchain, internet of things, smart cities, mobile, cloud computing and “as a service” platforms, hardware and e-commerce, as well as the overall interplay of interoperability, industry standards and IP licensing approaches.  He has a strong focus on complex strategic alliances and licensing transactions, outsourcing and ERP implementation, digital strategies—including open source licensing, data security, data use and privacy issues—and other marketing and distribution strategies.

He regularly works with clients in the blockchain industry, advising on technology and platform issues, structuring token offerings, digital currency issues, tokenization of assets, and the development and operation of blockchain based collaborative platforms.  He also has advised on the formation of various blockchain consortiums, including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, that develop blockchain platforms in specific industries and create industry standards.

Marcelo was honored by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as the Chicago “Lawyer of the Year” in the technology law category and has been listed since 2004 as one of “America’s Best Lawyers” for technology law by Chambers USA in its annual guide of leading business lawyers.

Outside of his legal practice, Marcelo serves on the board of directors for Youth Guidance, an organization offering school-based programs that empower youth in Chicago to succeed in school and in life.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois supporting civil legal aid services to the underserved.  Marcelo previously served as president of the board of directors for Illinois Legal Aid Online, a trailblazing platform connecting people to the resources they need to resolve their legal problems and interact with the legal system when they cannot find or afford a lawyer.

Mark G. Tratos is the Founding Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office and a long-time member of the University of Nevada and the Boyd School of Law Adjunct Facility.

Mark’s practice of the past four decades has focused upon the creative protection of artists, entertainers, athletes, producers and venues.  He has represented clients in federal court actions and appeals across the country, negotiates talent licenses and entertainment contracts for both celebrities and their estates. 

Since 1990, he has authored the Nevada chapter of INTA State Law Handbook.  Since 2003, he has been the author of the New York Bar Association Entertainment Treatise chapter: Entertainment on the Internet: The Evolution of Entertainment Production, Distribution, Ownership and Control in the Digital Age.  Since 2010, he has authored that treatise chapter Exhibitions: Art and Artifact Exhibits as an Expansion of the Entertainment Industry.

Mark has been AV rated for more than three decades; has been recognized by Legal Elite, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America which has included him since 2003.  His peers have voted him Lawyer of the Year eight times in his fields of practice.  Mark is the Past Board Chair of the National Judicial College.  He is Co-Founder and Past Chairman of the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas; and serves as Secretary of and outside counsel for the Board for the Smith Center for Performing Arts.

Melvin Garner is a Partner in the firm of Leason Ellis. His practice includes all phases of patent, trademark and copyright litigation. It also includes patent procurement involving various technologies, as well as infringement and validity opinions. He has appeared as an expert witness at several trials and has served as a mediator.

Mel is the author of numerous articles and of Chapter 13, “Intellectual Property Protection of E-Commerce” and Chapter 58, “Trade Secret Causes of Action and Defenses, Including Sample Pleadings,” Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation, Matthew Bender (2010). In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at PLI events.

Mel is a Past President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and a Past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is on the Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court. He is also a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts, Who’s Who Legal - Patents, and New York Super Lawyers.

J.D. Brooklyn Law School
M.S. Electrical Engineering, New York University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Drexel University

New York
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Patrice is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice at Hughes Hubbard, an international law firm based in New York City.

Patrice graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1993 with a degree in Biochemistry and then earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University. Following graduate school, Patrice graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 2002, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Science & Technology Law Review.

Patrice is a frequent speaker on issues related to the practice of IP Law and the life sciences. She currently serves as Vice-President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation and is a Board member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Peter Kinsella is a partner in the firm's Technology Transactions & Privacy and Intellectual Property practices. His practice is focused on advising start-up, emerging and large companies on technology, licensing and intellectual property transaction matters. He is a frequent lecturer on licensing and technology issues. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Pete was a partner with Faegre & Benson. Prior to that, he worked in various legal capacities with Qwest Communications International, Inc. (formerly U S WEST, Inc.) in Denver and Honeywell, Inc. in Minneapolis. 

Pete offers extensive experience structuring and negotiating domestic and international agreements in a wide variety of areas, including: cloud services, outsourcing, product development, technology transfer, telecommunications, data sharing, complex procurement, product distribution and sales, contract manufacturing, and a wide variety of patent, trademark and copyright licenses. He offers significant international experience, including, intellectual property holding companies, export control and international intellectual property issues. Pete also regularly handles intellectual property issues in connection with public and private company mergers and acquisitions, including due diligence and licensing issues. The value of several of these transactions has exceeded one billion dollars.

Pete has been materially involved in a number of high profile intellectual property disputes in a variety of industries, including the semiconductor, telecommunications, computer networking, automotive, clean- tech and health sciences industries. In 2005, he wrote significant portions of the appeal brief filed on behalf of AWH Corporation in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit en banc proceedings, Phillips v. AWH Corporation, concerning the procedures that should be used to determine patent claim construction. Most recently, Pete successfully represented a third party semiconductor tooling manufacturer in connection with a government ITC investigation seeking to ban the importation of hard drives into the United States.

As a registered patent attorney, Pete counsels clients on patent matters, including, infringement, validity, and pre-litigation issues. While at U S WEST, Inc. he was responsible for managing over 1500 trademark applications and registrations in 62 countries and all trademark opposition and litigation proceedings.

Primary Areas of Practice:               

Intellectual Property Litigation

Law School:                                       

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1992; Phi Delta Phi and lota Sigma Pi  

Work History:

Holland & Knight LLP; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Kaye Scholer LLP; Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP                                      

Professional Memberships:             

American Bar Association 

New York State Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar  

New Jersey State Bar Association

Committee on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law and Intellectual Property Section

Japan Federation of Bar Associations

Daini Bengoshi Kai

Taipei Bar Association  

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

American Chemical Society

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Primary Areas of Practice:
Paul H. Arne is the Senior Partner and Chair of the Technology Transactions Practice at Morris, Manning & Martin. Mr. Arne founded and chairs the firm’s Open Source and Social Media practice groups. He represents technology companies, from technology startups to large end users, with a particular emphasis on strategic relationships, outsourcing matters, international transactions, open source software, software as a service, internet, privacy, university technology transfer, and revenue recognition issues.

Law School/Graduate School:
Duke University, J.D., 1981
University of North Carolina, B.S., 1978

Professional Memberships:
American Bar Association (Member, Sections on Intellectual Property Law; Science and Technology; Business Law)
State Bar of Georgia, admitted 1981
Immediate past Chair of Privacy & Technology Section;
Member, Corporate and Banking, Corporate Counsel, and Intellectual Property
Georgia CIO Leadership Association (Member, Board of Underwriters)
Lawyers Club of Atlanta


Ray Ferrell is CEO and General Counsel of June Six Ventures, LLC, a legal and business consulting firm focused on providing high impact solutions to the unique issues facing private equity portfolio companies and startups in the SaaS, technology and disruptive industry spaces. Ray was formerly the Executive Vice President General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Thryv, Inc, formerly DexYP, for 6 years where, among other things, he provided legal services and advice regarding SaaS and digital/I.P. transactional matters, sales/marketing, securities, general corporate, board-related matters, M&A, employment, compliance, litigation, and public policy. He maintained particular focus on digital issues and worked with his business partners to enhance and create high-performance digital products and services for advertisers and consumers.  He was Associate GC at Thryv for over 5 years prior to his promotion to General Counsel. Prior to Thryv, he was Senior Counsel – Vice President in the American Express General Counsel’s office for more than eight years. Prior to joining Amex, he worked in private practice in New York City and New Jersey, specializing in corporate securities, technology law, and financial services work. Ray is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.

Scott Miller supports high value IP initiatives and IP dispute resolution across Thermo Fisher Scientific in his role as Deputy Chief IP Counsel.  He provides organizational support to the IP department and helps coordinate the IP corporate function with other company functions including M&A.  He is responsible for business-facing IP support for the Life Sciences Solutions Group, the Specialty Diagnostics Group, and the China/APAC region.  Scott earned his J.D. at Fordham University School of Law, a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in genetics from U.C. Berkeley.

Stephen Rosenfeld serves as Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the Litigation Department of McDonald Hopkins’ Chicago office. He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation involving, among other matters, information technology and intellectual property disputes. Through his established national client base, Steve’s practice expands McDonald Hopkins’ litigation footprint in the Chicago market and beyond. His cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels have involved commercial contract disputes, patent litigation, trademark infringement claims, copyright claims, misappropriation of trade secret claims, claims of violations of restrictive covenants, claims involving alleged violations of the federal securities laws, and defamation claims. Steve earned his J.D. in 1993 from the University of Illinois, graduating cum laude. He completed a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1990. Prior to beginning his law practice, Steve founded a computer consulting firm concentrating on the development and implementation of custom software designed to manage mid-sized distribution and services companies.

With over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, Mark Holmes is the founder and CEO of PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology development firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary software and Internet-related breakthroughs. 

Mr. Holmes is the CEO and Co-Founder of RavenWhite Cybersecurity, Inc. which was selected as one of the top 10 security startups worldwide at the RSA Conference. He is also the Executive of Business Development for the DeCaf Co. which is creating the world’s first consumer instant decaffeination product.

Mr. Holmes has advised such technology savvy entities as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley as well as many startups and has been named every year to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.  He served as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) from 2006 to 2011.

He was the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (Retirement Systems of Alabama).

He lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing tech startups. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 50 times for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), PLI and other organizations.

He holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Software Society and wrote the book PATENT LICENSING AND SELLING: STRATEGY, NEGOTIATION & FORMS.

Gail Zarick currently serves as IBM’s Counsel for Regulatory Compliance, Source Code and Data Security, advising on and negotiating transactions in which the security of data and code is at issue.  She also co-leads IBM’s Armonk, New York pro bono program for IBM lawyers.  Gail previously served as IP Counsel for IBM’s Security Division, and she has managed teams of IP attorneys who support various IBM business units, Research labs, and CHQ organizations. In other roles, she has negotiated patent assignments and licenses, managed patent litigations, and managed due diligence efforts for patent sales. Before joining IBM, Gail practiced intellectual property law at Pennie & Edmonds LLP in New York.


Admitted to the bar in the State of New York

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Member, NYIPLA


JD, Pace University School of Law

MSE, University of Pennsylvania

BSE, Princeton University

Gillian Lusins is a Senior Vice President, Marketing and Promotions in the Law Department at NBCUniversal. As part of the Content, Production & Risk corporate legal group she leads a team focused on the development, production and review of marketing and promotional content, including live events and other promotional activity, for NBCUniversal’s film and television properties. She is also part of NBCUniversal’s Intellectual Property group, providing support to NBC Entertainment’s legal affairs team for NBC’s late-night programming and NBC News as well as the television music services group.   

Gillian graduated from Columbia Law School in 1990. She clerked for Gary L. Taylor in the Central District of California. After working in private practice for six years, she joined the NBC law department in 1997 as media and intellectual property counsel.    

Ken Kaufman is Senior Counsel at Springut Law PC.  Previously, he was a Partner and Senior Counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and General Counsel of Showtime Networks, PolyGram Records, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition, he was recently an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University and has been a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School.  Ken has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for many years in the fields of copyright law, IP litigation and entertainment law, and was named the Washington, DC "Copyright Lawyer of the Year" in 2014.  His clients have included digital media and technology companies, television networks, music publishers, photographers, private equity firms, international media companies, Broadway theatre producers, authors, composers and recording artists.

David Rabinowitz is co-head of the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Department and Legal Ethics and Law Firm Practice Department at Moses & Singer, where he has been a partner since 1985.  He handles civil commercial cases of all kinds and in particular both litigates and advises clients on financial industry and intellectual property matters.  He is a frequent speaker on ethical issues concerning negotiations.  Mr. Rabinowitz has appeared in state and federal courts and in arbitrations throughout the United States.

Mr. Rabinowitz has lectured and participated on panels before the Bar Association of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Institute of International Banking Law, the Copyright Society of the United States, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, the National Association of Recording Manufacturers, the Licensing International annual convention, the Professional Education Broadcast Network and the Massachusetts Software Council.  He has taught Copyright Law at Seton Hall Law School.  He is a member and former trustee of the Copyright Society of the United States.  Mr. Rabinowitz has published numerous articles which have appeared in Advertising Age, Entertainment Law Reporter, The Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook, The Bulletin of the Copyright Society of the United States American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel Magazine and The Practical Lawyer.


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1976, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1973-1976
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., 1972


  • "New York Resolves In-House Counsel Bar Admission Problem"
  • "Up Close and Professional with New York’s Engagement Letter Rules"
  • "Communications Decency Act"
  • "Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements and Doing Business with Clients"
  • "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the Copyright Act Before 1909"
  • "Web Site Story 6-Breakaway Employees Beware"
  • "Web Site Story 5-Emerging Limits to Out-of-State Jurisdiction over Web Sites"
  • "Web Site Story 4-Nationwide Internet Jurisdiction is not Ended by Blue Note"
  • "Web Site Story 3-The Emerging Tort of Domain Name Infringement"
  • "Web Site Story 2-Finding Yourself Subject to Jurisdiction Far, Far Away"
  • "Web Site Story-A Legal Primer for Web Site Owners and Designers"
  • "Copyright Preemption: New York State's Erroneous Interpretation"
  • "Copyright and Trademark Infringement: Current Techniques for Plaintiffs and Defendants"

Presentations – (last 10 years - most recent year for series)

  • 2017 Practicing Law Institute program, "Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer"
  • 2017 Practicing Law Institute program, "Advanced Licensing Agreements"
  • 2016 Institute of International Banking Law Standby and Guaranty Forum and Law Summit, “Recent Letter of Credit Cases”
  • 2016 Practicing Law Institute program, "Understanding The Intellectual Property License"
  • 2016 New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association, “Cases in Negotiation Ethics”
  • 2015 Practicing Law Institute program, “Outsourcing 2015: Sourcing Critical Services”
  • 2014, 2012, 2007 Copyright Society of the U.S.A., “Show Me the Money: The Essentials of Valuation of Copyrights in Transactions and Litigation,” "Basic Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," "Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements and Doing Business with Clients"
  • 2013 National Association of Recording Manufacturers, “Negotiation Ethics”
  • 2010 Professional Education Broadcast Network, “Ethics in Negotiations”
  • 2008 Licensing International - "Winning Ethics in Licensing"
  • 2007 Practicing Law Institute program, "Internet Law Institute"
  • 2007 CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival, “Games Without Frontiers”
  • 2001-2004 Adjunct Professor, Copyright Law, Seton Hall Law School

Tucker McCrady is the EVP & General Counsel at the Orchard. In this role, he manages the Orchard’s legal and business affairs team, with global oversight of the company’s digital licensing negotiations, label distribution contracts, acquisitions and all other related legal activities.

Formerly, Tucker was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, where he worked on the legal team representing Soundcloud, a platform with more than 100 million active users globally, and played a leading role in negotiating licenses for a wide range of digital music providers. Prior to Greenberg Traurig, LLP, he worked at Warner Music Group for six and a half years, where he negotiated digital licenses with dozens of internet music services, and ultimately managed litigation for the company worldwide. He also served for five years on the Board of Directors of SoundExchange.

Tucker grew up in Tennessee, studying philosophy at Harvard and acting at Juilliard. He spent several years acting professionally, on Broadway and in theatres around the country, before returning to Columbia Law School, where he was a Kent Scholar and the recipient of awards in advocacy and intellectual property.

Jonathan is a New York entertainment, business, and technology attorney. During his career he has advised famous brands, government officials, and global corporations.

Jonathan’s experience includes being a senior executive of the Hearst Corporation where he provided legal counsel to its entertainment, technology, and media divisions, including Hearst Entertainment and King Features Syndicate.

During his time at Hearst, Jonathan served as Director of Legal Affairs and Secretary of the Board at SmartMoney, which was a Hearst and Dow Jones joint venture focused on software, data licensing, media content, and publishing products for the financial sector.

Prior to joining Hearst, Jonathan worked as a special advisor for the Japanese government at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.

Jonathan's film industry experience includes executive producing and providing production counsel services for feature films and independent filmmakers. Jonathan regularly represents clients in all areas of entertainment and fine arts industry, including, producers, actors, models, musicians, authors, sculptors, and artists.

In addition to his growing his law firm, Jonathan is a co-founder of business ventures in the entertainment, fashion, and medical investment fund industries.