24th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conference
New Orleans – August 25 – 27, 2016 – InterContinental New Orleans - 444 St. Charles Avenue

Cutting Edge C.E. (formerly the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference) will again discuss “Hot Topics” and “Current Trends” in today’s entertainment business. Attend conference sessions on Entertainment Law, Music Business, Film financing and tax credits, Roots Music, and the NewWorks Showcases. Check out the NOLA Downtown Festival and Cruisin’ New Orleans Pro Gear Show at the Historic Carver Theater.



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09:00 AM – 10:00 AM Professionalism – The Ornery Adversary [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

What do you do when the attorney on the other side is being unprofessional, or nasty, or simply impossible? What do you do when you have an adversary who stalls, doesn’t return calls, or simply delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?


Vernon P. Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Transactional Law: Agreements for the Modern Age [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

This panel will review of important techniques to help attorneys and entertainment executives negotiating entertainment and media agreements for artists representation, recording contracts, producers agreements, endorsement and marketing agreements.


Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL (Moderator)

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA

John F. Bradley, Esq., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crowdfunding Update: Raising Equity Funds for New Ventures [Legal/CLE 1 cr. hr]

This panel will review and discuss the possibilities created by the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules allowing the sale of equity to investor through Internet crowdfunding platforms.


Gregg R Zegarelli, Esq., Pittsburgh, PA

Suzette Toledano, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Scott Keniley, Esq., Atlanta, GA

Allen E Frederic, III, Esq., Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans, LA


01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics – Rights in the online world [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

Lawyers are often in the position of accessing employees’ personal information i.e. company emails, but how much is too much. How is privacy addressed? What about protecting clients’ data from breaches? What about gaining access to prospect employees or jurors social profiles? What are the ethical concerns as attorneys use technology more in their legal practice?


Vernon P. Thomas, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Nadine Ramsey, Esq., New Orleans, LA

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Representing Athletes and Celebrities in the Media, and the Courtroom [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr]

The discussion will center on the analysis of the legal issues representing athletes and entertainers in contract negotiation and when there is a crisis and representation is needed with the media and in the courtroom. The panel will also cover changes in legal business issues under various collective bargaining agreements.      

Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA

Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY

Martin Fischman, Esq. NFLPA Contract Advisor, New Orleans

Sabrina Ment, Esq., LaPolt Law, Los Angeles, CA

Tim Bennett, Owner, Overtime Sports, MGM Ballpark, Biloxi, MS

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Live Performance VIP Packages Agreements and other aspects of the artist/promoter relationship. [Legal/CLE 1.25 cr. hrs]

VIP seating and accommodations (e.g. Big Chief VIP Experience, Listening parties, After Parties, artist meet and greet experiences), what are the artist, promoter, venue and ticketing agency agreements and liabilities.      


Marc Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law, Boca Raton, FL

Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY

Frank Nicotera, Esq., CAO and General Counsel, Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI

Tom Leavens, Esq., Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, Chicago, IL


Speaker Lineup
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Chris Nicotera, Audio Engineer
A musician, Chris Nicotera is the lead instructor for the Audio Engineering Program at ...
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Scott Keniley, Esq.

Senior Partner

Scott Keniley, during his 23 year legal career, has served as General Counsel to a ...
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Christian Unruh, Esq.
After graduating Tulane Law School, he directed to transformation of 106.1 FM in New ...
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Jeff and friends

Jeff B (Jeff L Bromberger), Co-Owner, Talent Buyer Maison
As co-owner, talent buyer of clubs, Maison, Hi Ho Lounge and the Dragon Den, are leaders ...
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Stu w The Revivalists

Stu Schayot, Talent Buyer, Howlin’ Wolf
Stu is currently head of talent booking for the legendary Howlin’ Wolf nightclub, a New ...
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Steven Edwards 2

Steven Edwards, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans
Delgado Community College is proud to announce that Steven Edwards, associate professor ...
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