Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 26, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Lionsgate Screening Room, 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA, 90404


    What are the basics of Entertainment Law? How do these apply to you?


    Eva Feder, Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Lionsgate will introduce a discussion on Entertainment Law at a high level and what essentials can apply to you with speakers:

    • Jason Vogel,  Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP with his practice focused on international trademark and copyright portfolio and conflict counseling
    • Ada Brown, Senior Vice President of US domestic business affairs Sony Pictures Television
    • Rachel KimbroughSenior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at STX Entertainment
    • Peter Nelson of Nelson Davis  specializing in representation of talent in motion pictures, television, and ancillary fields
    • Location: Lionsgate Screening Room, 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA, 90404
    • Doors open: 6:30 pm
    • Networking Mixer: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Program starts: 7:30 pm
    • 1 hour MCLE Participatory Credit
    • SMBA Members: $45
    • Non-members: $55 (click here to join SMBA)
    • Students: $25

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      Please register through this website to assist with planning. Complete payment in advance through this online process (click Register button).  Credit cards or checks payable to SMBA will be accepted at the door.

      Location & Parking: Event is located at Lionsgate, inside the Lionsgate Screening Room. Parking is not included in registration fee.

      Speaker Biographies:


      Eva Feder is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Lionsgate and a member of the State Bar of California. A graduate of Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Eva began her career in the entertainment industry at Summit Entertainment as a legal intern, later becoming an in-house legal counsel, and eventually moving to Lionsgate following its acquisition of Summit Entertainment in 2012, where she was promoted to her current position. While Eva works on a variety of legal matters and agreements, she specializes in legal marketing, licensing, and merchandising for film and television properties, namely for location-based entertainment (e.g., theme parks, live theater, touring exhibitions), video games, virtual reality, and ancillary rights acquisitions. Eva also oversees in-house day-to-day decisions for Lionsgate’s intellectual property portfolio.  Her work has involved many of Lionsgate’s and Summit’s most successful franchises, including The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games, Mad Men, and Orange is the New Black. 

      JASON VOGELPartner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 

       Jason Vogel focuses his practice on international trademark and copyright portfolio and conflict counseling. His experience includes complex multi-jurisdictional trademark clearance, protection, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, litigation and licensing programs for leading companies in the film, television and musical entertainment fields, as well as the technology, financial services, apparel, pharmaceutical and food and restaurant services industries. Mr. Vogel has served as Adjunct Professor of Advanced Trademark Law at the Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and has written and spoken extensively on the Madrid Protocol, Asian and European trademark practice and other topics. 

      Mr. Vogel was recognized as an "IP Star" in 2018 and the five years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. He is listed in the 2019 and the six years immediately preceding editions of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals. Mr. Vogel was also named to the International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers and to the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018.  Contact: jvogel@kilpatricktownsend.com

      ADA  BROWN

      Senior Vice President of US domestic business affairs Sony Pictures Television. Expertise in international co productions and domestic television including cost plus outlets, broadcast, cable, streaming and Quibi. Responsibilities include securing multi million dollar overall deals, talent development deals, animation production, analysis of budgets for production, supervision of various staff, mows, limited series, negotiation of license fees, acquisition of intellectual property, oversee outside counsel and acquisition of life rights.  



      Rachel Kimbrough is Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at STX Entertainment.  She is responsible for overseeing the legal work in the areas of marketing, intellectual property, licensing, and digital privacy.  She manages and oversees the support of the foregoing areas in connection with STX’s film, television, and digital media content across worldwide, multiplatform distribution channels. She handles all manner of commercial, marketing, advertising, promotional, publicity, licensing and branded entertainment agreements.  Prior to joining STX, she worked at Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.  Ms. Kimbrough is a graduate of Princeton University, Pepperdine University School of Law and UCLA Anderson School of Management. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their four children. 




      A Pennsylvania native, Peter Martin Nelson graduated with honors from Williams College and was awarded the Lathers Class Prize. Mr. Nelson obtained his law degree from Hastings College of Law, University of California where, in addition to being a member of the Thurston Society and the Order of the Coif, he served as Note Editor for the Hastings Law Journal. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Nelson served a one-year clerkship for the Honorable George E. MacKinnon, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia. 

      Mr. Nelson received his first hands-on entertainment law experience while an associate in New York at an international law firm, where he represented motion picture studios, television networks, and on-air personalities in First Amendment litigation, contract and copyright matters. He next moved to Los Angeles where he practiced at a Beverly Hills law firm and then formed the firm now known as Nelson Davis. The firm specializes in representation of talent in motion pictures, television, and ancillary fields. Nelson Davis was located in Westwood for more than a decade before moving to its current location in Santa Monica. 

      Mr. Nelson's clientele includes well-known writers, directors, producers, actors, and comedians, and spans the feature film and television worlds. Among his clients are winners of Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Awards. For his clients Mr. Nelson has negotiated what Variety has labeled "some of the most groundbreaking franchise deals in movie and TV history." He is a mainstay on The Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers list and has been featured and quoted extensively in Variety, People, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Mr. Nelson has spoken frequently before public audiences on topics including film financing, production, distribution, copyright, and the art of negotiation, and has been published in multiple legal and industry journals. He is a member of the New York, California, and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, and is a co-founder of the Williams College Arts and Entertainment Internship Program. 

      Thank you to our website sponsor, Greystone Management Solutions!

      • Saturday, April 27, 2019
      • Friday, July 19, 2019


      Mark your calendars for this season's events, and click to view more on events this month!

      April 18, 2019

      Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch

      Issues Related to Property Tax Changes in Ownership and Reassessment.

      Join us as we welcome Matthew F. Burke, Esq. for this informative lunch. Click here to register!

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      April 26, 2019

      Entertainment Law Update (MCLE)

      Special evening event at the Lionsgate Screening Room with a panel discussion led by Eva Feder (Business & Legal Affairs) and featuring panelists Ada Brown (Sony), Jason Vogel (Kilpatrick Townsend), Peter Nelson (Nelson Davis) and Rachel Kimbrough (STX Films). Click here to view more and register!

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      April 27, 2019

      SMBA Supports Leslie Cohen 310k Race

      Proceeds benefit Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project & the Santa Monica High School Cross Country and Track program

      Register to support with the SMBA Team!



      May 14, 2019

      Yoga for the Legal Mind

      Unwind from the stresses of the law with relaxing and restorative yoga.

      Led by SMBA Officer Megan Waugh. Details coming soon!


      May 16, 2019

      Ethics and Best Practices in AI, Technology, and Security

      Discussion of advancements in legal technology and best practices for lawyers using tools related to security, communication, data & more, details coming soon!


      June 11, 2019

      Tuesday Toast, Free Event at
      Bodega Wine Bar

      Get to know fellow attorneys and professionals at this quarterly event. Details to follow.


      June 26, 2019

      Implicit Bias MCLE

      Join us for a presentation by mediator Lenton Aikins, Ph.D., J.D. on implicit bias and the role it plays in litigation, focusing on employment litigation. Details to follow.


      July 18, 2019

      Annual Summer Party & Election of
      Board & Officers

      Interested in getting more involved? Talk to any Board member for details.

      Held at the California Yacht Club, details to follow.

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      • Saturday, April 27, 2019
      • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Dockweiler State Beach, 12000 Vista Del Mar Playa Del Rey, CA US 90293

      310K Run/Walk Powered by Leslie Cohen Law

      About the Race

      The 310K is a fast, flat, scenic ocean-view run/walk at Dockweiler State Beach on Saturday, April 27. Since 2012, Leslie Cohen Law PC has sponsored an annual 5K as a fundraiser to benefit the Public Counsel Debtor Assistance Project and Santa Monica High School’s Cross Country and Track program. In 2016, the 5K received the highest amount in donations in the history of the race. We also received the 2016 James King Community Service Award from Public Counsel for the event.

      Our Beneficiaries

      The Public Counsel Debtor Assistance Project provides bankruptcy-related legal aid services to indigent members of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Santa Monica High School Cross Country and Track program is a premier school athletic program which won the Ocean League Championship in 2014 and went on to compete in the California International Finals.



      Date: Saturday, April 27
      Start Time:
       8:00am PDT

      End Time: 10:00am PDT

      Price: $50.00 Race Fee + $3.00 SignUp Fee 
      Registration: Price increases to $55.00 after April 10, 2019 at 11:59pm PDT 


      Packet pickup and late registration will be available from 7-7:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, the morning of the race.


      - Registration payment: We can only accept CASH OR CHECK for late and race-day registration (No credit cards — sorry!)

      - Race shirts: From this point forward, sign-ups as well as late- and race-day sign-ups will receive race shirts as available on a first-come, first-served basis only (Sizes may vary!)

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