Michael’s clients have varied widely, including: // Fortune 500 companies such as Fox Interactive Media, NEC, and Transamerica // Digital vanguards like MySpace, Pop.com, Oversee.net, and GoTV // Entertainment/digital technology hybrids such as Motion Theory, Compendia Media, Virtual Netcasting Corporation, the Interactive Television Alliance, PaidContent.org, RockWeb, Satellite Events Enterprises, and Vimby // Traditional companies moving into digital media, such as Oakwood Corporate Housing //Various celebrities in digital media transactions or disputes, such as Roseanne Barr, Jeff Dunham, Carmelo Anthony, Kelsey Grammer, Xzibit and others
Most recently, Michael served as chief legal office and vice president at Magic Leap, Inc., the well-known augmented/mixed reality venture. His duties included: General counsel responsibilities // Content and technology licensing // Intellectual property strategy and planning // Working with the content team, business development, marketing, HR, and the CEO on special projects
Michael has represented hundreds of entertainment, digital media and high tech start-ups, early stage companies and middle market companies in music, film, visual effects, interactive television, sports, stand-alone online ventures, entertainment and non-entertainment web-based businesses, software, and more traditional businesses, advising on the following areas: // Corporate formation // Strategic planning // Structuring companies // M&A and alliances // Licensing matters // Obtaining financing // All manner of corporate transactions
Michael is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and digital media matters, and has authored a number of articles on the subject, including: // Who Can Stake a Claim in Cyberspace? An early analysis of cybersquatting and the relationship between domain names and trademarks, // iTV: Interactive Television: The legal chapter in a treatise regarding interactive television, // Litigation Issues Likely to Confront the Wireless Industry. The Los Angeles Daily Journal // The Golden Age of Wireless. Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal You can read his blog on the AR/MR/VR world here at Mediated Reality
Michael has spoken at, among other locations: // The Governor’s Conference on the Arts // Beverly Hill Bar Association // World’s Best Technology Conference // Keiretsu Forum Venture Forum // The Skirball Cultural Center // Mark Taper Auditorium // NAB // iWireless World // ABA Los Angeles Meeting // Space Development Summits (several) <// International Space Development Conferences (several) // Los Angeles Country Bar Association Labor and Entertainment Law Conference // VRLA (Virtual Reality Los Angeles) conference in August, 2016, Digital Hollywood in October, 2016, May and October 2017, Media Summit in New York in March, 2017, UploadVR, and pretty much anywhere else where people will sit still long enough.
// B.A., University of California, Los Angeles // J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
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