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Representing the LCA Music Client

Representing the LCA Music Client:

Rights in Musical Compositions (0.75 CLE Hours)

Selected Topics and Model Agreements Covered in Video and Materials

Musical Compositions



Copyright Basics

Exclusive Rights

Split Sheets

Exploiting Musical Compositions

Transfer of Rights

Music Licensing


Speaker Biographies:

Barry Irwin

Founder – Irwin IP LLC

Barry Irwin is the founder of Irwin IP. Barry has been litigating intellectual property and technology matters for 26 years. Barry began his legal career at a prestigious intellectual property boutique law firm. Three years later, Barry joined one of the largest, most successful general practice firms in the world. There he practiced intellectual property litigation for 18 years, the last 14 as a partner, and the last 10 as an equity partner. In addition to his active litigation practice, Barry is an Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame Law School ‒ he teaches both Patent Litigation and Advanced Copyright/Entertainment Law. Barry is also the Vice President of Lawyers for the Creative Arts.

In 2018, Barry was selected by Thomson Reuters as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Illinois as part of its Super Lawyers selection process. Barry is one of only eight intellectual property attorneys on the list, and the only one from a small (under 75 attorney) intellectual property boutique. In 2015, Barry received the rare distinction of being named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). LCA is an invitation-only honorary trial lawyer society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. LCA Fellows are selected based on their legal excellence and accomplishments in litigation and superior ethical reputations. And, each year, for over a decade, Barry has been named a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer. Barry also received Martindale Hubbell’s highest ratings (AV and AV+) in his first years of eligibility and each year thereafter.

In 2016, Chicago-based Lawyers for the Creative Arts awarded Barry with its distinguished service to the arts award.

Peter Strand

Partner – Mandell Menkes LLC

Mr. Strand represents content creators and providers including authors, songwriters and composers, recording artists, musicians, television and film writers, independent record labels, music publishers, independent film producers and documentarians, and production companies in various transactional and litigation matters in the entertainment industry. In addition to his law practice, Peter has taught entertainment law and music law as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago Kent College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and Marquette University Law School. Peter is the Chair-elect of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries. He has served in several leadership positions for the Chicago Chapter of the
Recording Academy, including National Trustee, President, Vice President, and Chapter Governor.

Chambers USA named Peter to Band 1, Media & Entertainment – Transactional in 2018. In 2015, Peter was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois by Chicago Magazine. He has been also selected as: “Super Lawyer — Billboard Magazine’s 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Business” 2014; “Entertainment Law-Music Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers Magazine in 2013, 2016 and 2018; “Leading Lawyer” in Arts, Entertainment and Sports in Illinois from 2003 – 2018 and in its 2018 Top 10 list for Arts, Entertainment and Sports in Illinois; and an “Illinois
Super Lawyer” 2007-2018.

Peter also provides pro bono legal services to musicians, artists, and arts organizations through the Lawyers for the Creative Arts, where he has been involved as a volunteer, Board Member, and on the Honors Council for more than 20 years. In 2008, Peter received the Thomas R. Leavens Awards from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts for his distinguished service to the arts through LCA. Before becoming an attorney, Peter played and recorded as a full time touring musician with several bands including Yipes who recorded two albums for RCA/Millennium Records and will release its third album in 2019.


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