Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Legal Panel

This forum features a panel of entertainment attorneys: Harold Flegelman, Rachel Guttman, and Loyola professors John Snyder and Tim Kappel (11/16/2015).

About Harold Flegelman

Attorney Harold Flegelman is the director of the University of Miami's Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, director of the Entertainment Law Track at Miami, and a lecturer in law. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, he joined the Miami office of Los Angeles firm Loeb & Loeb LLP, where he was a partner in the Corporate Department and Co-Chair of the Corporate Media and Entertainment Practice Group. Loeb & Loeb’s motion picture, television, music and sports practices are regularly recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the “Best Law Firms.” Prior to that, he was a law partner of now-Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the New York City office of Pavia & Harcourt LLP.

While in private practice, Professor Flegelman was engaged principally in advising clients in all legal and business aspects of the entertainment and media industries, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, venture capital, debt and equity financings, restructurings, business planning, executive employment arrangements and general corporate representation. Among his many illustrative transactions, he represented motion picture producers and directors in both the raising of equity capital for film funds and the sale of motion picture libraries, Azoff Music Management in acquisitions and joint ventures, The Madison Square Garden Company in sports transactions, and purchasers and sellers of record companies and music publishing catalogues.

His teaching experience includes serving as a Short-Course Visiting Professor at the University of Miami Law School since 2011 (The Art of the Deal - Acquiring a Music Publishing Catalog), and as an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School and Whittier Law School, in each instance teaching a comparable course. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

About Rachel Guttman

A lecturer throughout Louisiana on topics involving the entertainment and music industry, Rachel Guttmann has been an associate attorney at McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch since 2014, where her practice areas include general civil litigation, insurance coverage and defense, and entertainment and intellectual property law.

Prior to joining the firm, Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School in 2012. While at Tulane, she was a member of the Order of the Coif, a Managing Editor for the Tulane Law Review, and a research assistant for Professor Shu-Yi Oei. Upon her graduation from law school, Rachel served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Dee D. Drell, chief judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana from 2012 to 2013.

Prior to attending law school, Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University.