3rd Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Association Symposium - "Construction and Contractual Agreements: How to Maximize the Revenue of Sport and Entertainment Venues."
Register at the door beginning 8:30 am. Preregistration is not required.\
Jeff Appelbaum, Managing Director, Project Management Consultants, LLC, Partner/Chairman, Construction Law Group, & Partner, Thompson Hine LLP - For over 30 years, Appelbaum has served the construction industry in the varying roles of trial and transactional attorney, project counsel, project management consultant, mediator and partnering facilitator. Currently, he serves as Project Counsel-Representative Projects for the Gateway Complex, the Golden State Warriors Arena, and the San Francisco 49ers NFL Stadium. He also serves as Project Management Counsel-Representative Projects and Partnering Facilitator – Representative Projects for many other sports arenas and non-sports complexes. Applbaum received his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University.
Sashi Brown, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cleveland Browns - Hired in January as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Browns, Brown served as the GC of the Jacksonville Jaguars for seven years. Prior to joining the Jaguars, Brown was an attorney with Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, a private law firm based in Washington, D.C. As a member of the firm’s corporate law practice group, He advised companies in a variety of business transactions. Brown earned an undergraduate degree from Hampton University in 1998 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 2002. Brown is a member of the New York, District of Columbia and Florida bars.
Chris Harrington, Executive Legal Assistant, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center - A Cleveland-Marshall graduate, Harrington has served as the Executive Assistant of the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, a Research and Teaching Assistant for Professor Peter Carfagna, Esq., a Summer Associate at The Madison Square Garden Company and an intern at Innovative Artists and Literary Agency and UBS Financial Services, Inc. He currently serves as the Executive Legal Assistant for the Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center.
Bryan McCall, Performance Director, Michael Johnson Performance Training Center at SPIRE Institute - Working in Human Performance Enhancement for the past 13 years, McCall is currently the Director of the Michael Johnson Performance Training Center in Geneva. McCall has trained athletes of all sports in Texas and Florida, and is now operating the extension of MJP. Working with Nike, performance equipment manufacturers, and athletes, McCall was vital to arranging the necessary contracts and construction operations needed to build and operate the MJP multi-purpose training facility.
Jeff Orloff, Chief Operating Officer, SPIRE Institute - A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Orloff served as the Senior Vice President-Operations for IMG working as the Director of IMG’s Worldwide Fashion Events most recently. Orloff currently is the owner of ReCreation LLC, a sports and entertainment consulting firm, and the Chief Operating Officer of SPIRE Institute in Geneva.
Ivan Schwarz, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Film Commission - Ivan Schwarz has over 20 years of experience in the film industry. He was co-producer for the popular HBO mini-series, Band of Brothers with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. He also served as Location Manager for several television productions and movies, including Entourage, My Name is Earl, The Comeback and From the Earth to the Moon, again working with Tom Hanks. Schwarz was recruited to work at The Greater Cleveland Film Commission in October of 2006, and took over as Executive Director in August of 2007. Among the many things that attracted Schwarz to Cleveland was the opportunity to help build a lucrative film industry and give back something that could help the community. He has played a significant role in bringing films such as The Avengers, Captain America 2, Alex Cross and others to Cleveland.
Heather Stakich, Associate, Thompson Hine LLP - Stakich focuses her practice on representing owners, developers, contractors, architects and other construction professionals in all aspects of construction and development projects. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Cornell University, Heather was included in the Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyer magazine in 2013.