Peter A. Carfagna is Chairman/CEO of Magis, LLC, a privately owned sports marketing, management and investment company, including family ownership of the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians Class A Affiliate. He has also been the Managing Member of LLC’s affiliated with many Major League Baseball teams, including the Boston Red Sox; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros; and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
From 1994-2005, Peter served as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of International Management Group (IMG), and was Senior Partner at Jones Day LLP before that,
Peter graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, having also played Varsity Football. Peter was then a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, graduating M.A. with Honours in Jurisprudence/Law. He then graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude, where he studied under Professor Paul J. Weiler, the “father of Sports and the Law” at Harvard.
Since being appointed by then-Dean Elena Kagan as the Covington Burling Distinguished Visitor in 2006, Peter has alternated teaching 3 Sports Law Courses at Harvard Law School, each of which has been published as a casebook: 1. Representing the Professional Athlete (2nd Ed. West 2014), which is the subject of a Coursera MOOC that was first offered in Fall 2014; 2. Examining The Legal Evolution of America’s 3 ‘Major Leagues’ (2nd Ed. West 2011); and 3) Negotiating and Drafting Sports Venue Agreements (West 2010).
At Harvard Law School, he is Faculty Advisor to the Harvard Law School's Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law and its Journal on Sports and Entertainment Law. He is also Faculty Supervisor of Harvard Law School's Sports Law Clinical Program, responsible for 20+ sports law clinicals each school year with the NFL, MLB, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Brooklyn Nets, CAA, Excel Sports Agency, Special Olympics and the Carolina Panthers, among others.
Peter has served as Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and as Executive in Residence at Cleveland Marshall College of Law from 2011 to the present. Peter currently serves on the Midwest Region/Chicago-based Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarship, as well as on the Board of the Sports Legacy Institute and the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Peter is also a former Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He has served the HAA as a Member of the Nominating Committee for the Harvard University Board of Overseers.
Craig is Co-Director of the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy, the Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the FUSION program at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy in Torino, Italy and serves as Principal Advisor to the Center for Studies and Research in Intellectual Property in Calcutta, India. Mr. Nard, who is frequently asked to serve as an expert witness and consultant in patent litigation, is widely published in the area of patent law, with scholarly articles appearing in many of the most prominent law journals. He is also the author of a leading patent law casebook, The Law of Patents, and a co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property; and is currently working on book for Oxford University Press entitled, The Common Law of Patents in the Age of Reform. Prior to entering the legal academy, Mr. Nard clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich and Helen W. Nies of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and, before that, was a patent litigator in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the Texas bar, and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Mark has served as an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law teaching “Law of The Music Industry” since 2003. He is partner and Vice-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Avsec earned a living as a studio musician, producer and songwriter, writing over 500 songs and producing or performing on more than 30 sound recordings for, among other artists, Bon Jovi (“She Don’t Know Me”), Donnie Iris (“Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock”), Mason Ruffner (“Gypsy Blood”) and Wild Cherry (“Play That Funky Music, White Boy”). Mr. Avsec is an American Music Award winner and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. He was a member of Wild Cherry and the founding member of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. Mr. Avsec remains active in the entertainment industry as a writer and a performer. “Angel Love (Come for Me),” a song he co-wrote, was recorded by Carlos Santana and released in February 2010 on the album Supernatural – Legacy Edition. Mr. Avsec regularly performs as keyboard player with Donnie Iris & The Cruisers and occasionally with The James Gang, featuring Joe Walsh, Jimmy Fox, and Dale Peters. Mr. Avsec has also served on the faculty for the Federal Judicial Center and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology where he has presented on copyright law basics and infringement analysis to federal judges with Professors David Nimmer and Peter Menell at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt School of Law.
Tom is an experienced attorney and business executive with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, 15 of them in various divisions of Twentieth Century Fox. As Senior Vice President of Theatrical Business Affairs he was responsible for all business and legal aspects of Fox’s live-â€action and animated theatrical motion picture production including negotiating talent agreements, strategic development, financial analysis and the acquisition and distribution of theatrical motion pictures. Additionally, as Vice President of News Digital Media, he negotiated and drafted strategic alliance, production, talent and website design agreements for NewsCorp’s Internet and new media divisions. Mr. Moglovkin received his JD from USC Law School where he was Notes Editor of the Southern California Law Review, published “Original Digital: No More Free Samples”, a copyright analysis of digital sampling technologies, and was the 1991 recipient of the Norma Zarky Memorial Award for excellence in the field of entertainment law. He later was Adjunct Professor at USC Law School teaching Legal Issues in the Television and Motion Picture Industries. He currently is Of Counsel to Business Affairs, Inc., a Los Angeles firm representing numerous major motion picture production companies, and is President of MoCo, Inc. a diverse Michigan corporation. Mr. Moglovkin is also an accomplished musician with major music instrument manufacturer endorsement agreements.
Sandra is currently Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for 20th Century Fox Television, a unit of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. She’s worked on television shows ranging from The Simpsons and Futurama, to New Girl, Touch, The Practice, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files and others. She has practiced in the entertainment and media field for more than 20 years, beginning in Public Television. Consistently throughout her legal practice, Ms. Ortiz has taught at various southern California law schools in the areas of media law, intellectual property and entertainment, and taught media law and ethics to journalism and media policy students. Ms. Ortiz took a two-year leave of absence to become the Director of the newly created USC Center for Communications Law and Policy, which was established as a partnership between the USC Law School and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. As part of that program she directed media policy research that was subsequently published, submitted comments before the FCC and led media policy seminars for the Masters students at the Annenberg School. Those efforts culminated in hosting an official FCC public forum on media ownership. Ms. Ortiz holds a B.A. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from U.S.C. She is admitted to practice law in the state of California.
David is COO and General Counsel of The Torante Company, founded by David Eisner. Torante invests in, acquires, and operates companies in media and entertainment. Prior to joining Torante, he served as Head of Business Operations & General Counsel at Vuguru LLC, a pioneer in multi-platform content. Mr. Shall previously was Executive Vice President, Business Operations/General Counsel, FremantleMedia North America, Inc., where he oversaw business affairs for the hit television programs American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The Price is Right, and assisted in the formation and operation of Atomic Wedgie, FremantleMedia’s Digital Comedy Studio. Mr. Shall also served as Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and New Business Development, Twentieth Television, the syndication and first-run production division of Twentieth Century Fox. Earlier in his career, he worked as a business & legal affairs executive at FX Networks in New York City, Tribune Entertainment Company in Chicago, and Paramount Domestic Television in Hollywood. Mr. Shall received his B.A. in English and History, and J.D., from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ryan is Vice President, Business Affairs NBC Entertainment and Universal Television in Los Angeles. He negotiates deals for Universal Television (NBC’s studio) and NBC Entertainment (the NBC Network). Mr. Bocskay handles current NBC series “Community”, “Welcome to the Family” and “Hannibal,” and he was the day-to-day business affairs executive on the hit series “The Office”. He also works on NBC Specials such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and The Rose Parade. Mr. Bocskay previously worked at the William Morris Agency and New Line Cinema. He brings six years of entertainment experience and holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University – School of Law. He once had to tell an executive producer that the show could not force an actress to shave her head.