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"Technotainment" 2017: Distributing Content Across Multiple Platforms

Speaker(s): Amy Norris, Annie Allison, Beth R. Lobel, Diego A. Ibarguen, Edward A. Cavazos, Gavino Morin, Hallie Harris, James E. Rosenfeld, Janis M. Meyer, Karen Frank, Lynn B. Oberlander
Recorded on: Oct. 16, 2017
PLI Program #: 185805

Amy Norris is Chief Legal Counsel for Clif Bar & Company, the leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks.  Amy advises the company on various operational matters, including regulatory compliance, food safety, food labeling, advertising, litigation, and domestic and international business issues.  Amy also oversees the risk management and regulatory compliance groups.   Amy has been with Clif Bar for nine years.  Prior to joining Clif Bar, Amy was in private practice for approximately ten years.  Amy earned her juris doctorate from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. San Diego.

Amy has previously spoken on food labeling, food advertising, food law litigation and Proposition 65.  She co-authored an article entitled When Regulation Can Lead to Litigation:  Top Issues in Food & Dietary Supplements and contributed a chapter of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Entities.

Annie Allison focuses on advising and assisting clients on intellectual property issues related to trademark, copyright, and technology law. She regularly prepares and prosecutes trademark applications and assists in the management of global trademark portfolios. Annie also assists on a broad array of IP and technology related matters, including IP licensing and technology transactions focused on software, digital media, advertising, merchandising, and innovative technology. She advises clients on data privacy strategies and related regulatory compliance. Her experience also includes drafting and negotiating multi-national media distribution and IP licensing agreements for software and entertainment technology companies.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Annie served as an extern to the Washington State Attorney General's Office, Antitrust Division and as a judicial assistant to the Honorable Charles Weller of the Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada. Prior to practicing law, Annie was a television broadcast news reporter and producer.


University of Washington School of Law, LL.M., Intellectual Property, 2017

University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2014

Brigham Young University, B.A., 2002


Thomson Reuters, Washington Super Lawyers, Rising Star, IP, 2017

University of Washington School of Law, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Art, Editorial Board Member

Washington State Attorney General's Office, Antitrust Division, Extern

Second Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, Judicial Assistant

Bar Admissions


Ed Cavazos is the Managing Partner of the Austin office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice.  He has extensive civil jury trial experience in both state and federal courts where he actively litigates disputes involving patents, trade secrets, copyright, trademarks, breach of contract and Internet-related claims.  In addition to his litigation practice, Ed routinely represents clients in complex technology-related deals involving intellectual property, including licensing transactions.  He represents clients in the Internet, software, hardware, video game, and various other industries.

Ed is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law, where he is currently teaching “The Law of Software, Video Games and Interactive Entertainment.”

Gavino Morin has advised technology companies on legal and business issues for over 20 years. His legal practice focused mainly on developing and protecting intellectual property and negotiating and drafting licensing agreements.

He is currently the director of business & legal affairs for Bluepoint Games, an indie video game developer in Austin that focuses on remastering and remaking console classics.  He is also a principal in Hellfire Games, another indie studio focused on making games for the PlayStation platform.

Gavino co-authored Cyberspace and the Law: Your Rights and Duties in the Online World. Published by the MIT Press, his book was one of the first to address Internet legal issues, and received the Association of American Publishers “Best New Professional and Scholarly Book – Computer Science Award” in 1994.

Prior to joining Bluepoint Games, Gavino was of counsel at Fish & Richardson, P.C.

Janis Meyer advises lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments on professional responsibility, risk management and lawyer regulation. Having served as the general counsel of a global law firm, she is familiar with a broad spectrum of issues arising in law firms and assists clients on a variety of matters relating to law firm organization, management, policies, mergers and structure as well as the rules governing lawyer conduct. Janis was a partner and General Counsel of Dewey & LeBoeuf and its predecessor, Dewey Ballantine, and served as a member of the two-person wind-down committee that oversaw Dewey & LeBoeuf's bankruptcy filing and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.   She is a prolific speaker on ethics and risk management issues at conferences throughout the country, as well as the UK.  She has recently focused on the effect of the pandemic on the future of law practice. 

Janis is a Special Professor of Law at The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she teaches "Legal Ethics" and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches "Professional Responsibility." 


Lynn Oberlander is a leading media attorney and advocate for journalists. Prior to establishing her own practice, she was SVP and Associate General Counsel, Media, for Univision Inc., a position she held since summer of 2018.  From March of 2017 through July 2019, she was EVP and General Counsel at Gizmodo Media Group, where she oversaw the legal operations of one of the nation’s largest digital news companies, which included the websites Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Deadspin, The Root, and Splinter, among others.  From 2014 through mid-March of 2017, she was General Counsel, Media Operations for First Look Media, the publisher of national security website The Intercept and documentary film project, Field of Vision. She founded and led the company’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, which provides funding for cases in support of First Amendment and other press freedoms.  From 2006 until 2014, she was the General Counsel of The New Yorker, where she also wrote for on media law topics.  Earlier in her career, she spent 5 years each at Forbes and NBC.  She is a frequent speaker on freedom of expression and media law topics.

She is a graduate of Yale (where she was an editor on the Yale Daily News) and Columbia Law School. She teaches graduate courses in Media Law and Media Ethics at The New School in New York.  She is the former chair of both the board of directors of the Media Law Resource Center and the Communications and Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association.  She also a trustee of Jewish Home Lifecare, a nursing home and elder care system in New York.

Beth Lobel is a Senior Vice President at NBCUniversal Media, LLC. She counsels correspondents, producers, writers and management at NBC News, MSNBC, Peacock Productions, and other platforms concerning news and non-fiction programming and Internet content. She advises on all stages of programming and newsgathering, from initial story or show idea, to pitches, production related agreements, casting, access matters, pre-broadcast/publication review, promotion, and  post-broadcast/publication concerns. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Ms. Lobel was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, covering all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property and media matters, as well as pre-publication review.  She was also a law clerk for the Honorable Richard Gadbois in the Central District of California.  Ms. Lobel serves on the MLRC Pre-Publication Committee and the NYC Bar Communications Law Committee. She previously served on the NYC Bar Art Law Committee. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, and from Cornell University, with distinction in all subjects.

Diego Ibarguen is counsel in The Hearst Corporation Office of General Counsel, specializing in First Amendment and Media Law issues, with particular focus on public access to government records and courts, source protection, newsgathering, pre-publication review, and defamation defense.  Prior to joining Hearst, Diego was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he worked on a wide variety of First Amendment and securities law matters.  Before entering the law, Diego worked as a City Desk Newsman for The Associated Press in New York City, and as a White House Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers.  He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, and a former clerk for The Hon. Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Hallie Harris is the Managing Director of Epic Signal, an award-winning influencer that markets programs for social video platforms such as Hero Hub Help, YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Jim Rosenfeld litigates and counsels on media, intellectual property, and Internet law – including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, invasion of privacy, defamation, and commercial matters. He represents book, magazine, and newspaper publishers, television and radio broadcasters, and a wide array of Internet content and service providers, including the operators of blogs and other online publications; the licensors of images, footage and music; and the publishers of news, health, technology, education, and travel websites.

Jim is experienced in all aspects of litigation and arbitration, and equally adept at avoiding and resolving disputes. He has a particular expertise in digital media law, advising clients on issues unique to content providers on the Internet and other new platforms, including the DMCA and CDA legal immunities for user-generated content, liability arising from linking, framing and aggregation, and issues relating to online advertising, social media and piracy. He seeks to understand clients’ businesses thoroughly and shapes legal strategies to fit their competitive goals.

KAREN FRANK is a partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, focusing on copyright, trademark, right of publicity, internet, publishing  and advertising law.  
Prior to joining Coblentz Patch in 2008, Ms. Frank was a partner at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, in San Francisco, a shareholder at Legal Strategies Group in Emeryville, California, and at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.  

Professional Memberships:

Karen has been named a Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Intellectual Property Litigation category and was named Best Lawyers Northern California Copyright Lawyer of 2018.  She is recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, and is a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Attorney.  Karen was selected by her peers for inclusion in 2007 and 2009 Who's Who Legal: California, Trademarks chapter and is listed in Who's Who in America Law, 2009 and 2010 and Who's Who in America, 2007 – 2012.