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Advance Entertainment Law LP

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Advance Entertainment Law LP

  1. 1. Leadership Portfolio:<br />Barry Oliver Chase<br />Advanced Entertainment Law<br />Entertainment Business Master of Science<br />Paul Siewe<br />August 27, 2009<br />After doing research for potential legal counsel for my business plan <br />development company, I came across one that seemed to have the <br />necessary education and skills in the entertainment industry to assist <br />me with my business. His name is Barry Oliver Chase. I contacted Mr. <br />Chase and after speaking to him for a little bit, he agreed to give me a <br />phone interview, which was scheduled a week later after our initial <br />encounter. Throughout the length of this paper, I’m going to talk <br />about my interview with Mr. Chase, give you a brief biography on Mr. <br />Chase, a description of his practice and experience in the <br />entertainment industry, and some of the advice he gave me for my <br />business. <br />Mr. Chase is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law <br />School. While at Yale, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the leading <br />national collegiate Honor Society, and was listed as a Ranking Scholar <br />during the majority of his eight semesters before graduating magna <br />cum laude. At Harvard, Mr. Chase graduated with honors, earning his <br />JD degree cum laude at the age of 24. He was a classmate with the <br />author Don Passman at Harvard.<br />Law school as Mr. Chase mentioned it, was a default decision because <br />at the time he didn’t really know what he wanted to do and thought <br />that he would maintain the greatest number of options by going to law <br />school, because as he stated “you don’t restrict yourself with a law <br />degree.” In law school he thought a lot about being an entertainment <br />lawyer but said at the time it didn’t appeal to him so much because he <br />felt like it was going to be all about contracts, and contracts didn’t <br />excite him at the time. But the other side of the Entertainment law <br />that was more interesting to him was Intellectual Property, but <br />entertainment law still wasn’t a big interest to him because at the time <br />he didn’t realize the impact of Intellectual Property, which as he <br />mentioned has exploded tremendously with the increase of knowledge <br />and the Internet, and has become more valuable. After law school he <br />went to a large and well established law firm located in Washington Dc <br />in the early 1970’s and it is then that he realized that he had interest <br />in law that related to freedom of expression, and that tended to appeal <br />to his political and social sense. So during the five years he was at that <br />firm he tried to involve himself in case that dealt with those kinds of <br />issues as much as possible. During that time he got involve with some <br />very exciting first amendment cases, some of which came under fire <br />during the famous Watergate litigation, he felt that those cases were <br />very glamorous and exciting cases for the young lawyer he was at the <br />time. In 1976, after working at the law firm for about 6 years, he went <br />to work with PBS as an associate general counsel, and after working <br />there for two years, he was enticed to become Director of PBS's News <br />and Public Affairs Programming, which started him on a career course <br />that resulted in his becoming the top national PBS programming <br />executive (Vice President for Programming), which he ended up doing <br />for 12 years, so during that time he didn’t do any legal work. In 1991 <br />he moved down to Florida and work as the senior vice president for <br />National Production at the PBS station in Miami. In 1996, after leaving <br />the world of television and film production, Mr. Chase returned to the <br />practice of law in Miami, he obtained his second license from the state <br />of Florida (first one was from Washington DC) and went on to open his <br />own practice partly because he wanted to be able to make his own <br />decisions, and also because he couldn’t not find a level of <br />professionalism that he admired amongst other lawyers in Miami. <br />Because of the nature of the entertainment industry Mr. Chase has a <br />vast field of practice from communications and media law to <br />advertising, FCC, Internet, print media, radio, telecommunications, <br />television and film, entertainment, sports and leisure law, art, <br />Intellectual Property law, copyrights, trade dress, trade secrets, <br />trademarks, and computer law but most of the cases he spend hours <br />on are related to music, working on copyright cases, some trademark <br />cases, and Intellectual Property cases. He also represents a lot of <br />writers, television show producers, and a lot of Internet companies, <br />some of which are not always entertainment related. As far as <br />favorite/shining moment, he doesn’t really have any moment per say <br />but always feel proud of himself and satisfied any time that he deals <br />with a case that is difficult, or get a good outcome from a case that an <br />ordinary lawyer could not do. He has his moments he feels good <br />about, few moment he doesn’t feel so good about because as he <br />stated “you can’t be a winner all the time.” Working with music artists, <br />he feels like most of them are cheated and he hates to see the <br />dishonesty they have to put up with; and the necessity for them to <br />always go running to a lawyer, sometime to court to get what is their <br />legal rights. Some of the times he feels the best is when he has to <br />intimidate the other side into giving artists what they deserve. Some <br />of the advices he gave me for my business are: to try to be very artist <br />oriented, to build a reputation as a place artists can trust not to take <br />advantage of them, because a lot of upcoming artist get “screwed” by <br />their producers who either don’t know what they are doing, or cheat <br />them, or both, to charge a fair amount, and to position myself as the <br />artist friendly studio wherever it’s going to be based.<br />After talking to Mr. Chase for about 30-40 minutes, I felt like he was a <br />very sincere and professional lawyer, one that would represents his <br />client with their best interest at heart. In my opinion Mr. Chase would <br />be a very good fit for my business because he actually has a great deal <br />of knowledge about the subject and is well educated about <br />entertainment law overall. <br />References:<br />http://www.entertainmentlawyermiami.com/<br />http://www.lawyers.com/lawharvard/<br />

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