Meet the team

DANIELLE FALLS, ESQ.

DANIELLE FALLS, ESQ.

Danielle Falls counsels clients on a variety of media, entertainment, technology, consumer protection, e-commerce and intellectual property matters.  Her clients include well-known beauty and cosmetics companies, production companies, e-commerce platforms, artists, influencers, and content creators. Danielle analyzes all types of content for legal risks, including clearances and pre-publication review. She regularly reviews film footage, scripted and unscripted series, digital content, scripts, and live performances for potential claims, and works with production companies and content creators to exercise first amendment and fair use rights. She also negotiates and structures a variety of deals, including celebrity and influencer agreements, licensing and distribution deals, commercial production agreements, and more. In addition to content review and transactional matters, Danielle advises on day-to-day intellectual property issues, including brand management, portfolio strategy, acquisitions, valuations, and protection and enforcement.

Prior to joining SELG, Danielle was an associate at Jayaram Law, where she advised clients on digital and media technology, including branded and shoppable content, social media campaigns, NFTs, AR/VR technologies, and intellectual property related matters. Danielle began her legal career in the IP/Media and Data privacy groups at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. While at Weil, Danielle successfully represented numerous clients in the broadcasting and music industries, including Sirius XM and Pandora in proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board, and Getty Images in copyright infringement actions involving Getty’s use and licensing of photographs. Her pro bono experience included counseling the Public Art Fund on various exhibitions and high-profile civil rights cases for violations of constitutional rights to free exercise, freedom of association, and due process.

Danielle received her B.F.A. from New York University and her J.D. from Fordham University Law School’s evening division, where she served as the Associate Editor of the IP, Media & Entertainment Law Journal. Prior to, and throughout law school, Danielle worked at NBCUniversal where she routinely worked on marketing initiatives, social media campaigns, on-air promotional segments, sweepstakes, contests and related FTC, FCC, and various privacy matters. Danielle is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches the course “First Amendment and the Evolution of Media”.

SENA HARLLEY, ESQ.

SENA HARLLEY, ESQ.

Sena Harlley is an associate attorney at Smith Entertainment Law Group, and he represents clients in a variety of areas. His practice focuses on production legal, intellectual property, contract law and privacy policy. Sena received his J.D. from Maurice A. Deane School of Law where he served as a member of the Moot Court Board and as an executive board member of the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association.

Sena has experience representing clients in a plethora of practice areas including, real estate, contract law, intellectual property, civil litigation and business formation and acquisitions.

Prior to joining SELG, Sena was an associate at Ross L. Schiller & Associates, P.C. He also worked previously as a summer Associate for Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

 Sena is admitted to practice in the State of New York, and he is also a licensed real estate broker in the State of New York. In his off time, Sena enjoys traveling, music, playing league basketball and participating in local community service initiatives.

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JOHN MAATTA, ESQ.

Of Counsel

JOHN MAATTA, ESQ.

Of Counsel

John D. Maatta primarily focuses his practice on entertainment and media transactions including the development and production of motion pictures, television and streamed content and matters related to the representation of content creators and performers and the distribution of programming by broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

John is also a highly experienced trial lawyer who has tried lengthy and complex jury trials and litigated matters in both State and Federal courts.

John is experienced with issues involving production, finance, distribution, affiliate relations, human resources, broadcast standards and matters involving media-related technology, marketing, advertising and branding. In addition, he advises creators and distributors of entertainment content.

Additionally, John advises and actively works with entrepreneurs and management teams at start-up and growth phase companies.

 Practice Areas:

  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Entertainment & Media Transactions
  • Media-related Technology
  • Entertainment Production
  • Network Distribution
  • Entertainment & Commercial Litigation
  • General business and corporate transactions

Experience:

  • CEO, Wizard Brands, Inc.
  • Co-CEO of Creek Road Miners
  • COO, EVP & GC, The CW Television Network
  • COO, EVP & GC, WB Television Network
  • VP Warner Bros.
  • VP Lorimar Telepictures
  • Chairman, Trader Vic’s Restaurant Corp.

John spent several years as a senior executive at Warner Bros. and The CW Television Network. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The CW Television Network. For six years immediately prior to that, he served as the Co-Head of the CW Television Network, where he was the Chief Operating Officer responsible for the following operating departments: Media Sales, Finance, Technology, Business Affairs, Legal, Broadcast Standards, Network Distribution, and Human Resources. John was also the Chief Operating Officer of the WB Television Network as well as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

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MICHAEL OLSEN, ESQ.

Of Counsel

MICHAEL OLSEN, ESQ.

Of Counsel

Michael Olsen is of counsel to Smith Entertainment Law Group, LLP where he practices in the areas of music mergers & acquisitions, recording and publishing catalog sales, recording and publishing agreements, and music adjacent corporate transactions. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at multi-format content producer Entertainment One working with platinum and Grammy award-winning recording artists, songwriters, and music managers.  Olsen also led eOne’s music M&A practice.  He has served as President/CEO and chief legal officer of eOne Nashville, Indieblu Music Group, Sheridan Square Entertainment, Compendia Music Group, and as VP/GM of the Denver Symphony Orchestra.  

Olsen is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami Law School teaching Music Law and at the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University teaching Copyright Law. He formerly taught in the Master of Fine Arts program at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University.  He is a regular speaker at conferences and continuing education events hosted by the American Bar Association and numerous state bar associations. He has served on the board of directors of Dualtone Music Group, the UK-based Audio Network, the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy, and the American Association of Independent Music. 

J.D., magna cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 1994

B.F.A., cum laude, Central Michigan University, 1979 

Admissions

  • Tennessee 
  • Georgia

LYNN QUARTERMAN, ESQ.

LYNN QUARTERMAN, ESQ.

Prior to joining the Smith Entertainment Law Group, Lynn Quarterman served as a senior associate at the Santa Monica-based entertainment law firm, Lapidus Root & Sacharow, LLP. The emphasis of her practice has always consisted of a unique blend of client representation in the music and television industries. In addition to serving as production counsel for numerous variety television productions and representing production companies specializing in unscripted television programming, she has counseled and advised cable television networks and other producers of audio-visual content on all music-related issues, including the OWN Network and IMAX documentary filmmaker MacGillivray Freeman Films. She has represented multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Anderson .Paak, since the early stages of his career, and in 2021, negotiated a worldwide publishing administration agreement on his behalf with Warner Chappell Music, and a label deal for his newly formed APESHIT Records label with the Universal Music Group.  Lynn continues to represent legacy and other contemporary recording artists, including Charlie Wilson, En Vogue, and Wyclef Jean, as well as songwriters, record producers and management companies.

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DANIEL REGAN, ESQ.

DANIEL REGAN, ESQ.

*Admitted in New York & California

Daniel Regan is an associate attorney, admitted to practice in both New York and California.  Daniel works closely with senior attorneys in the firm counseling SELG’s clients in the television, production, new media, and music industries.

Daniel received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School with a Sports Law Certificate in 2019.  Daniel also hails from the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 2015.

 While in law school, Daniel immersed himself in the New Orleans entertainment, sports, and music scene while volunteering at the Ella Project, where he provided pro bono legal assistance to local artists and musicians. He also served as the Social Media Coordinator for the Tulane Sports Law Society and as a managing editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal.

 Prior to practicing law, Daniel served in the primary outward-facing role supporting the Co-Managing Partner and Head of the Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding division at A3 Artists Agency and also provided brand marketing research to the former Creative Directors for Lucasfilm, Spielberg, and Columbia Pictures.

Daniel comes from a music industry legacy family and has always had a keen interest in championing artists, musicians, and athletes.

HENRY W. ROOT, ESQ.

HENRY W. ROOT, ESQ.

Henry W. Root, Esq. is a partner in the entertainment media firm of Smith Entertainment Law Group, LLP. He has over 40 years of legal and business affairs experience in the music, television, and media industries. Henry has represented recording artists signed to every major label, award-winning songwriters and producers, music publishers, record labels, and principal cast members of several TV series. He specializes in transactions involving sales and purchases of music-related properties and provides sophisticated counseling and guidance to both sellers and purchasers in connection with due diligence matters, complex rights sales, acquisition and licensing issues, loan and security agreements and valuations of intellectual property assets. 

Henry is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law, where he teaches the music law course. He is a past member of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Sports and Entertainment Industries. He sits on the executive committee of the annual North American Entertainment, Sports & Intellectual Property Conference. He was presented with the Ed Rubin Award which is the Forum’s highest honor. He is a longtime volunteer for the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity.

Henry was recently named by “Billboard Magazine” as one of the top music industry attorneys. He has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in the Southern California editions of Super Lawyers, including the 2020 edition, and is also listed in “Top Attorneys in North America.”

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KERRY SMITH, ESQ.

KERRY SMITH, ESQ.

*Admitted in New York only

Kerry Smith is the founding partner of Smith Entertainment Law Group. Kerry’s practice focuses on providing production counsel for variety shows, award shows, specials, scripted and unscripted series, live events and large scale social media initiatives. Smith helps her clients navigate varying legal and business challenges from the day-to-day production legal questions to complex union and employment related issues.

Kerry has over 30 years’ experience in the entertainment industry representing producers, writers, directors, talent and other rights holders in the film, television, and digital media industries. She has negotiated complex deals on behalf of production companies, networks, various talent and above the line talent. Kerry has extensive knowledge of pre-production and production legal for live shows, award shows, variety shows and special events, having provided said services on hundreds of productions. She offers clients full service legal representation, providing 24/7 counseling to her clients, including advising on development, production and acquisition issues, and handling transactions from development through delivery of the final cut, including the negotiation of network agreements, distribution agreements, content licensing, attachment agreements, talent agreements, chain-of-title and rights and fair uses analyses, E&O assistance, venue agreements, vendor agreements, and more. Kerry also represents multiple television production companies, creatives, high level producers, writers, directors, above the line talent, on-camera talent, content creators, design agencies, and network executives.

Prior to founding Smith Entertainment Law Group, Kerry was a partner at Eisner, LLP in the entertainment division, and previously led Greenspoon Marder’s television and film group in New York. Before Greenspoon, Kerry served as special counsel at Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman, LLP, and as Director of Business Affairs with the ABC Entertainment Television Group in New York, handling daytime dramatic serials and daytime talk shows which immediately followed her time as an agent with Artists Agency in New York, representing writers, directors and producers in the daytime genre.

Kerry received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School’s night division and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She is admitted to practice in New York.  Application for admission to California Bar is in process.

JORDAN YOSPE, ESQ.

Of Counsel

JORDAN YOSPE, ESQ.

Of Counsel

Jordan Yospe is recognized as one of the country’s leading brand integration experts and an authority in sourcing, negotiating, and managing brand licensing and merchandising deals for feature films, television, new media, music, and video games. He has significant experience as both an entertainment lawyer and as a feature film and television producer.

Jordan’s core work represents major film and television production companies in brand integration and marketing activation deals, and represents actors, music artists, and professional athletes in endorsement, equity, and other related marketing deals.  He pitches entertainment projects on behalf of producers to seamlessly integrate brands into the storylines of feature films, TV, new media, and music properties; he negotiates and document those deals as well as executes the business and creative elements of those agreements during preproduction, principal photography, post-production, and domestic/international distribution.

Moreover, as a lawyer, Jordan has in the past represented large brands (such as Coca‐Cola, AT&T, Toyota, Sears/Kmart, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, American Express, and Diageo) and smaller brands (such as popchips, Godiva, Pabst, Gallo, and King’s Hawaiian) in their Hollywood deals in production and licensing.

When describing Jordan’s work to The Hollywood Reporter, Eric Baum (Sony Pictures Senior VP of Business and Legal Affairs for Consumer and Worldwide Marketing) states “Jordan has earned the trust of those not just in Hollywood, but all the way out in places like Peoria and Georgia. They rely on his expertise and hard work to keep the integrity of their brands.” Jordan’s mission is to make “integrations” live up to both the brands’ and producers’ expectations in today’s rapidly changing commercial environment. His pioneering work on the integration of brands into entertainment was featured in a front page article in The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/business/media/05screen.html?ref=todayspaper

As the former General Counsel and Head of Business & Legal Affairs at Mark Burnett Productions, Jordan was integrally involved in several well‐known network television series, including “Survivor” and “Rock Star: INXS” with CBS; “The Apprentice” and “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” with NBC; and “The Contender” with NBC and Dreamworks.

Jordan is a frequent lecturer at film schools and law schools including UCLA, USC, Southwestern, and Loyola, and a lecturer at major trade panels for the Producer’s Guild, Digital Hollywood, The Paley Center of Media, American Film Market, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Jordan has been named in Variety’s “Annual Dealmakers Impact Report”, The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “Power Lawyers” list, the “Top 40 Entertainment Lawyers” list by The Los Angeles Business Journal, and in the 2019 inaugural list of “Sports and Entertainment Trailblazers” by The National Law Journal.

 Jordan is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (production executive’s division), and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He jointly received the Media and Entertainment Counsel’s “Excellence in Branded Entertainment Award” with Hanes Brands’ Champion CMO for the work they performed on the Morgan Creek/Universal Pictures feature film “Sydney White.”

LEIGH ZEICHICK, ESQ.

LEIGH ZEICHICK, ESQ.

Leigh Zeichick specializes in intellectual property and entertainment law, with a focus on the music industry.  His practice primarily involves representing media companies and creatives in the music, TV, film and digital media fields, with extensive experience in the buying and selling of copyright assets, collateralized lending, and due diligence in connection therewith.  Prior to joining Smith Entertainment Law Group, Leigh was an associate at Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP.   Leigh received his B.A. with honors in philosophy and psychology from New York University and his J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School, and served on the editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal.

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