Legal Resources for Entrepreneurs

Lecture date: Wednesday, April 25th @ 7PM

Moderated by music industry entrepreneur (and Cogswell alumnus/faculty member) Justin Winokur, this lively panel discussion will bring together esteemed legal professionals and digital entrepreneurs from across the Bay Area. Besides addressing a range of controversial issues in intellectual property sharing and protection, the panelists will draw upon their rich and diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide helpful "tips and tricks" to aspiring entrepreneurs. Please join us for this enlightening and unique opportunity!


  • Justin Winokur


  • Claire Fennessey
  • Steve Horowitz
  • Jeevan Padiyar

This event is open to the public, totally free to attend, and is part of a Lecture Series sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Program at Cogswell.

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Claire Fennessey has twenty years of direct-to-consumer/digital product development and marketing in the educational/edutainment space (International Masters Publishers, Sunburst Communications, Family Software Club/Cendant Software, Vivendi Universal (Knowledge Adventure, Davidson & Associates, Sierra Online) and Reed Publishing. She is currently President of Palm Publishing.

With his principal office in San Jose, California, Edward (Ned) R. Hearn represents clients worldwide in intellectual property and business matters related to creative artists and media-based companies.

Ned's practice focuses on entertainment, internet, and computer software businesses and their convergence, intersecting content, media, and technology in the digital internet environment, including: recording, production, and publishing; multi-media and internet web-based productions; video games for mobile and console based platforms; mobile apps; digital distribution and repurposing of content; licensing, distribution, and marketing; copyright and trademark matters; merchandising; sponsorships; film, television, video productions; options, scoring, and soundtracks; content syndications; literary publishing, including fiction and technical and professional non-fiction; clearances for use of intellectual property in all forms of media; talent services negotiating and contracting; strategic alliances; content catalog sales and purchases; business start-ups and development; private financing; and private mergers and acquisitions of content and media-based companies.

His clients include record labels, music publishers, book publishers, software and video game publishers, traditional and internet-based media, production, technology, and content distribution companies; webcasting companies; recording artists, writers, producers, managers, authors, software, video game, and app designers and developers, and multimedia product and website designers and developers.

Ned has co-authored Musician's Guide to Copyright, (Scribners); The Musician's Business and Legal Guide (Prentice Hall); has published numerous articles on his practice area; and has presented at dozens of conferences, including for the American Bar Association (ABA), Practising Law Institute (PLI), American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Expo, California Lawyers for the Arts, NARAS/Recording Academy, and various media and trade association conferences.

Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Best known for his original soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film Super Size Me, Steve also composed the music for MTV's hit reality show I BET YOU WILL and Spike TV's Casino Cinema. Steve has worked extensively with Nickelodeon Digital, where his groundbreaking work in interactive entertainment has garnered him both Webby and BDA awards. Horowitz also has a Grammy Award in recognition of his engineering work on the multi-artist release, True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe [Sugar Hill] ("Best Bluegrass Album," 1996). Year round, Steve records and tours with his band The Code International and has release sixteen albums of mind altering original sounds to date. Steve studied composition with Morton Subotnik, Mel Powell, and Stephen "Lucky" Mosko at the California Institute of the Arts and has received performance underwriting and commissions from numerous ensembles and organizations. For more info and music clips, please visit

For more than 15 years, Stuart Kaler has assisted high technology companies in Silicon Valley to secure, license and defend their intellectual property (IP) rights. During his career, Mr. Kaler has counseled a diverse set of clients, from large multinational concerns to venture-backed start-ups. Mr. Kaler has held senior in-house IP counsel positions at Siemens and Xerox PARC, as well as with law firms Morrison Foerster and Flehr, Hohbach, Test, Albritton Herbert. In addition, Mr. Kaler has advised numerous clients in litigation and during settlement negotiations. Stu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Michigan , a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of North Dakota and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Jeevan Padiyar is a technology entrepreneur and product strategist with ten years of experience in e-commerce and product development. His strong background in financial and competitive analysis, project management, and operations have allowed him to successfully build and lead several technology companies.

In 1994, Jeevan founded Simply Blimps, an arena blimp manufacturer and led it to 150 employees and $30M in sales in 5 years, supporting clients such as NHL, NBA, Tricon Global (Yum Brands) and Subway.

After Simply Blimps, Jeevan studied medicine as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Fellow at Albert Einstein College, focusing on novel antimicrobial agents and vaccine strains for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. His research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is frequently cited in scientific literature as instrumental to the understanding of the pathogenesis of tuberculosis.

In 2004 Jeevan helped shape the podcasting market as chairman and CFO of RawVoice, Inc., which created the first podcasting network and was first to monetize the medium. At RawVoice, Jeevan oversaw the company's first acquisition and signed agreements with GoDaddy, Citrix and HBO. . In tandem with Rawvoice, Jeevan was recruited to serve as IT Director for Mark Green's campaign for Attorney General.

Jeevan holds B.S. degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from Kansas State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.

Justin Winokur is a possibility thinker - always looking for what can be gained by making a move. He founded music management company JWC Artist Group and currently manages Brainpool, two-time gold record winners and authors of Junk: A Rock Opera. As both a producer and executive producer, he raised funds for the first workshop production of Junk - A Rock Opera at the Steve Allen Theatre. He has taught music business at Cogswell College (Sunnyvale, California). He booked a U.S. concert tour for Norwegian grammy-winning artist Bigbang. He was a vice president of programming for the San Francisco Summer Music Conference, where he planned the event's curriculum. He's currently the marketing director for the Los Angeles Music Network. Based in Los Angeles, Winokur speaks and reads Swedish and holds a permanent resident's visa for Sweden, allowing him to live and work there.

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