Associate Board

Associate Board Member Jed Enlow Combines His Love of the Arts with his Passion for Entertainment Law


Jed Enlow is currently a solo practitioner running Jed Enlow Law Offices out of an office at Stage 18 at Cinespace. Jed practices entertainment law, primarily representing production companies in the television and film fields. Prior to starting his own firm, Jed was a Partner at Leavens, Strand & Glover, Production Counsel on the Steve Harvey daytime talk show, and Senior Counsel at Harpo Productions. Jed went to law school at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and was a volunteer lawyer for LCA prior to joining the Associate Board.

 

Associate Board Welcomes Back John Moustis


John Moustis is Vice President of Sponsor Coverage for CBIZ Private Equity Advisory, the 10th largest financial services firm in North America. John and the CBIZ team support middle-market, private equity backed companies undergoing transitions and transactions with the overall mission to provide leadership, enhance visibility, and improve finance operations. 

John is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and previously worked at Chicago-based firms Liston & Tsantilis, and Parillo Weiss before transitioning into his current role. He currently practices law on the side as a solo practitioner assisting with intellectual property, real estate, family and corporate law matters, as well as LCA clients. Since 2018, John has also coached high school students during the Chicago Coalition for Law-Related Education’s annual high school mock trial competition. John graduated with a J.D. and a B.A. with Honors in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 

 

Associate Board Member Carla Ham Balances Law with a Passion for Dance and Music

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Carla Ham is co-founder of Ham Law Entertainment, a law firm that is devoted to serving the music and entertainment industry. A former entertainer herself, she has lived in the world of her clients, performing on stage with acts big and small from Kid Rock at the Aragon Ballroom, to Chris Casello at Reggies Music Joint and dozens of venues in between, giving her a unique perspective into the law by enabling her to anticipate problems before they arise. After years of watching her colleagues struggle to create their art under difficult contracts, she decided to attend law school to help the cause of entertainers everywhere.

Today, Ham is a licensed attorney and graduate of IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law (2011), a tier one national law school. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Northwestern University (2008) and a Masters in Communications and Public Relations from DePaul University (2006). Ham volunteers with Lawyers for the Creative Arts and is an LCA Associate Board Events Committee member. She is presently an associate attorney with Eldon L. Ham PC.

Associate Board Member Odell Mitchell III Continues to Feed his Passion for the Arts

Odell Mitchell III, Esq. practices in the heart of Chicago, IL. He earned a BM in Music Business and an independent study in graphic design from Millikin University. He earned his JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

Prior to founding Thirdinline Legal, Odell operated as a manager, recording engineer, producer and creative director. As a musician and visual artist himself, he understands the needs of the creative entrepreneur firsthand. With over 10 years of experience in the arts and entertainment industries, Odell is pleased to unite his passions of creativity and the law to provide excellent legal services to other entertainment, business, and creative professionals.

Associate Board Member Amy Adler - A Major Proponent of Live Music and the Chicago Arts Scene

Amy Adler is currently legal counsel at Shure Incorporated. At Shure, Amy primarily focuses on a variety of transactional matters and Shure’s trademark portfolio. Prior to joining Shure, her practice concentrated on trademark and copyright litigation and prosecution, domain name disputes and transactional matters for clients and their businesses. Amy is also an Adjunct Professor at Harper College, where she teaches Intellectual Property and Contract Law for paralegals. She graduated from The John Marshall Law School and served as the Symposium Editor on the Review of Intellectual Property Law. Amy has enjoyed counseling and working with LCA clients since 2016. 

Associate Board Featured Member: Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is an Intellectual Property Associate at Mayer Brown, where he focuses his practice on M&A transactions and trademark and trade dress prosecution and enforcement. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Jonathan practiced corporate transactions, advising multinational enterprises on operational and strategic considerations associated with M&A, restructurings and intellectual property and tax matters. Jonathan attended Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, where he was honored to deliver the commencement address to he graduating class. Prior to joining LCA’s Associate Board, Jonathan was pleased to offer pro bono legal services to LCA clients working in music, film and entertainment.
 

Gwen Hochman Stewart

Gwen Hochman Stewart is an associate in the IP Litigation group at Sidley Austin LLP.  Her practice focuses on patent litigation but also includes other complex litigation involving technology or other IP issues. Gwen attended Harvard Law School, where she served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and she clerked for the Hon. William Alsup at the U.S.

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A graduate of the John Marshall Law School, Florence has been a successful business consultant for over 12 years.  She has a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from DePaul University and received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Howard University.  She worked for the City of Chicago, DePaul University, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Trucrowd Illinois, Inc, the first registered equity Crowdfunding platform in Illinois. Besides her duties with truCrowd, she also operates her own law firm focusing on small business owners, artists and artisans.  Florence is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Florence has lived and studied in Chicago, Illinois, Washington, DC and Berlin, Germany.  

Q: How did you learn about Lawyers for the Creative Arts and what led you to apply to join the Associate Board?
A: I have known about the LCA since before law school.  I have been a professional artist for years and looked to the organization when I needed assistance. I joined the Associate Board in 2019 and have been a member for less than 1 year. 

What do you enjoy about being an Associate Board member? 
I enjoy the network that being a member provides, along with the range of educational opportunities that exist.


What types of LCA matters have you taken on?
I have done small copyright cases. 


What advice would you give to an attorney who is considering taking an LCA matter?
Be ready to educate your clients and have patience to deal with them should they not understand the concepts upon first explanation.

What has it been like working with our clients? How does the experience differ from your job at your firm?
In my firm, I work with mostly small business owners and artists so there has not been much difference in my experience. 


Do you have any personal background in the arts?"Royal Chicago" on exhibit at the Blackstone Hotel
I am a professional fiber artist and have had a piece of art displayed in the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago (pictured at right).


Do you participate in or follow the arts here in Chicago?
Absolutely. I love all mediums of arts and try to go on art tours monthly with my husband. The range and vibrancy of the art scene always surprises me when I compare it to other metro areas. 


How does LCA support the arts in Chicago and why do you think this work is so vital to the arts?
Being able to provide artist and artisans with the support they need to keep creating is what makes Chicago the exciting place it is. 


Finally, which tv-show/movie/song/book have you recently finished that you would recommend? 
I just finished binge watching “Airplane Repo” and thoroughly enjoyed the series. 


Thank you to Florence for taking the time to answer our questions! Follow us on social media for future Featured Members from our Associate Board.

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Jeff Becker is Chair of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group. Among his clients are Grammy Award-winning musicians, producers and songwriters, publishers and record labels, professional athletes, authors, independent filmmakers and other creative individuals and entertainment-related businesses. For these clients, Jeff provides comprehensive representation in the transactional and litigation aspects of their businesses. In doing so, he counsels clients in the preparation, analysis and negotiation of various issues, including licensing and distribution rights, royalty negotiations and disputes, rights acquisition and clearances, talent agreements, production and performance agreements, music publishing and licensing agreements, recording contracts and master license agreements, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, and artist management agreements. Jeff strives to find the most cost-efficient way to help clients secure and protect their rights. He is an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University College of Law, where he teaches Music Law, and has guest lectured on entertainment-related topics at various colleges, law schools and conferences across the country.

Jeff also previously served as Chair of the Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP’s Community Service/Pro Bono Committee. He proudly volunteers his time to Lawyers for the Creative Arts and is a founding member and former President of the Associate Board.



How did you learn about Lawyers for the Creative Arts and what led you to apply to join the Associate Board?
I first learned about Lawyers for the Creative Arts over coffee with former LCA President, Andy Goldstein. Andy told me about the amazing work LCA provides to the Chicago creative community, and how young lawyers can get involved to help these artists. Within a few days, I applied to become a volunteer attorney, and soon thereafter, had my first case assignment. I am one of the founding members of the Associate Board, so I have been involved since the very beginning. 


What’s your favorite LCA memory? 
Having the opportunity to present the Distinguished Service Honoree award to our client, Josephine Lee and the Chicago Children’s Choir, during the LCA benefit luncheon in 2018. 


What do you enjoy about being an Associate Board member? 
I most enjoy the community the Associate Board has created and fosters for our volunteer lawyers.  In doing so, the Associate Board provided me with an opportunity to form lifelong friendships with some of the most passionate entertainment attorneys in Chicago.


Which LCA or Associate Board events have you participated in?
My primary contribution to the Associate Board has come in the form of educational programming.  I co-chaired the Associate Board’s education sub-committee with Jessica Bahr for several years, during which time we organized some very exciting CLE events in collaboration with the Goodman Theatre, The Music Garage, Tribeca Flashpoint, Leo Burnett and the Steve Harvey Show (thanks to our good friend, Jed Enlow). More recently, I helped LCA collaborate with our friends at the Recording Academy and 2112 to organize educational programming concerning the Music Modernization Act, new legislation that will significantly impact how our music community is compensated for their work. I am extremely proud of these presentations, and the opportunities they have provided to both our volunteer attorneys and artists to enhance their understanding of complicated legal issues impacting their business. 


What types of LCA matters have you taken on?
I vividly recall my first LCA matter ever.  I represented a gentlemen who was in a dispute with his uncle over who owned the rights to his mother’s publishing catalogue.  She was a songwriter that had recently passed away, and her family could not agree on how to handle the administration of her music.  I stepped in to resolve the dispute on behalf of my client, and was excited to help him do so in a manner that allowed him to start collecting much-needed income while also repairing his relationship with his uncle.  

Since that time, I have taken on many film and music-related matters, including, for example: assisting producers in claiming their rights to royalties, extricating artists from toxic management agreements, cleaning up the catalogues of legacy artists, addressing disputes among band members and helping clear rights for filmmakers.  I have also worked hard to strengthen the relationship between LCA and our firm, and in doing so, have expanded our volunteer team to several attorneys who take on matters in film, music, television and literary fields.   


What advice would you give to an attorney who is considering taking an LCA matter?
Don’t bite off more than you can chew, especially with your first matter. LCA has an amazing network of lawyers, and excellent educational resources, to help guide you through the process. So feel free to reach out for help to assure that you are providing your client with top-notch legal services. 


Do you have any personal background in the arts?
In high school, I was in all the plays and musicals, as well as show choir. I also played a decent guitar and piano. While I would have loved to make a living as an actor, I was too risk averse to take a run at “making it” as an artist. Thus, when I saw the opportunity to work with the creative arts community from a lawyer’s perspective, I was thrilled to merge my love of the arts with my chosen career path. 


Do you participate in or follow the arts here in Chicago?
I closely follow what our local artists are up to here in Chicago.  From the local theatre scene to intimate music rooms, there is amazing art being created that needs to be recognized. I also love walking the city and taking in the astonishing creations by our local muralists. Some of the most beautiful art in Chicago can be found on the sides of its buildings and in its alleys.

What about the arts in Chicago strikes you as unique?
The resilience of our artists is second to none. 


How does LCA support the arts in Chicago and why do you think this work is so vital to the arts?
Obviously the amazing network of volunteer attorneys that LCA provides to the Chicago arts community is vital to the success of our creatives.  Access to legal services is essential, but so many artists starting out in the business simply cannot afford it. This, of course, places these artists in a position to be taken advantage of by third-parties that swoop to take ownership or control over their creations. Thus, by the time an artist finally reaches the stage of his or her career where he or she can afford a lawyer, it’s too late. LCA provides artists with the support they need to make sure they are not building their business on a house of cards.


You have recently been quite active in building awareness of the difficulties that the arts community is facing during COVID-19 on social media. How did you get involved in these efforts?
Many clients started reaching out soon after state governments started implementing orders that restricted (and in some cases, entirely prohibited) live performances from taking place. Once South by Southwest was cancelled and Coachella rescheduled, there was a rush of concern as to what was going to happen with respect to the live music industry over the coming months. Thus, we spent a considerable amount of time working through force majeure clauses in our client contracts and working with various interested parties to reach commonsense resolutions that address both sides’ concerns without focusing too heavily on what the contract required. I then started focusing on identifying other opportunities available to artists to help them offset some of the losses they were experiencing due to the pandemic, and to create opportunities that would not have existed but for the pandemic.  For example, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Recording Academy, I know how essential the MusicCares program is to so many artists around the country, but also realized pretty quickly after the onset of COVID-19, there are many artists who had no idea that MusicCares even existed. Thus, I reached out to as many artists as I could to let them know that, through MusicCares, the Recording Academy created a relief fund designed to quickly send financial support to artists who lost income due to COVID-19.  

A few weeks ago, I created a weekly concert series called “Concerts from My Couch,” where we invite artists to perform in a closed “digital venue” comprised of audiences from around the world (who, of course, are all joining us from the comfort of their living room).  We have been able to raise thousands of dollars for these artists, and have provided a much needed break from the monotony for our audience. It is extremely gratifying to see so many people coming together during a time when we are supposed to be staying apart.


Finally, which tv-show/movie/song/book have you recently finished that you would recommend? 
On the literary side, I just finished (and really enjoyed) “They Call Me Supermensch,” the autobiography of legendary manager, Shep Gordon.  He is a monster of a figure in the music industry, and some of the lessons pulled from that book are amazing. On the television side, I am about halfway through this season of “Ozark” and cannot wait to see where this story goes.  I also recently finished “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which is one of the most effective shows I have ever seen at addressing stigmas around issues of mental health, all while paying homage to around 100 different Broadway shows. 


Thank you to Jeff for taking the time to answer our questions! Visit Jeff's profile at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLC to learn more about his remarkable career and continue to check social media and this website for future Featured Members from our Associate Board.