2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Mentors: Legal

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There are countless legal pitfalls inherent in the world of film and video. Meet one on one with legal specialists for invaluable information to save you from costly problems in the future.

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Mentor session signup is open to all Film, Gold and Platinum badge holders at a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants who signed up online must check-in 30 minutes before your mentor time slot to guarantee your spot. Limited on-site signup is also available for a small number of mentor sessions spots and will begin 30 minutes before the first time slot of each session.



Charles Prince

Ent Lawyer

Grubman Indursky Shire & Meiselas

Charlie founded the fan club for the band Korn in high school and went on to work at Epic Records and later Sony Music as the college marketing representative for Washington DC, MD and DE throughout college. After making a series of awful black and white films at NYU’s basic filmmaking class in 2000, he went to NYU School of Law, where he launched CinemaStrikesBack.com, a website for film news and reviews. After law school, he worked at Outlaw Productions in Hollywood, and then in the mergers and acquisitions group at Skadden in NYC from 2003 to 2006, during which time he also produced a feature length documentary about underground poker clubs in NYC. Charlie joined the film and television group at Grubman Shire & Meiselas in 2007. He is on the film committee at MoMA, the new wave film committee at Lincoln Center, and is on the board of directors at DCTV and the Friars Club. In 2009 he was certified as a film festival professional by the international film festival summit. He proudly watches over 500 movies a year and is delighted to be returning for the legal mentors session at SXSW!


Dan Satorius


Satorius Law Firm PC

Dan Satorius’ firm is Satorius Law Firm, PC. He has represented clients in independent film and TV for over 25 years. His clients include Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit, SXSW, and Sundance award winners. He frequently writes and speaks about entertainment law, was an adjunct professor of law, and is the Motion Picture and Television Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment Industry. Dan is on the Super Lawyers® list in the area of Intellectual Property/Entertainment. He is rated by American Lawyer as a ‘Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property’ in 2013 and received the AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Dan has a Masters of Arts in Film and is a producer of award-winning films which gives him a unique ability to help his clients and their projects. In 2011 he released TWELVE THIRTY, a feature film he produced and Jeff Lipsky wrote and directed. He is currently in development with a fictional feature and several documentary features.

Dan is the President and Chair of the Minnesota Film & TV Board, the film commission for the State of Minnesota.

His practice focuses on transactions, intellectual property, and financing principally in the entertainment business. You can find out more about his practice at our website: www.SatoriusLawFirm.com and at IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2655735/.


Deena Kalai


Deena Kalai PLLC

Deena Kalai has offices in both Austin and Manhattan and represents clients engaged in entertainment, intellectual property and technology, including film, television, fashion, and mobile/interactive media. Deena represents writers, directors, and talent, and has provided production counsel for many narrative and documentary films. She is also an executive producer for two feature films currently in development.


Emilio Nicolas


Jackson Walker LLP

Emilio B. Nicolas is an attorney with the Austin, Texas office of Jackson Walker L.L.P. Mr. Nicolas represents and counsels a variety of domestic and international clients on matters involving entertainment, media, and intellectual property. His practice includes intellectual property and general commercial litigation, entertainment and media transactions, and intellectual property rights management. Mr. Nicolas has litigated civil claims in state and federal courts involving copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation, and restraint of trade. He has also handled inter-party and ex parte trademark proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Nicolas received his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance and Marketing concentrations) from Trinity University, his M.S. in Media Management from Syracuse University, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. Mr. Nicolas has been named a "Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters and is a frequent author and speaker on such topics as copyright law, trademark law, and the right of publicity.


George Rush


Law Offices of George M Rush

Jason Janego



Michael Saleman


Law Offices of Michael Norman Saleman

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