27th Annual Cutting Edge CE Conferences and Events
New Orleans – August 21 - 24, 2019, InterContinental Hotel

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 return to the streets of Downtown New Orleans' Central Business District.



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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 delays matters? How do you get the most out of your negotiation? How do you save a deal from going south?


  • Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • David Dalia, Esq., New Orleans, LA
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Legal and Business Considerations when Advising Clients Creating and Operating Music Labels. Part I and II . [Legal/Business CLE 2.0 cr. hr.]

Part I: Covering the legal considerations in record label management and creation.

Part II: A review of label-artist, label-producer, and label distributor agreements

 Entrepreneurs and musicians are among those seeking success by signing artists or self-releasing music. This panel will cover legal issues that arise when organizing and operating an independent record label, including, the organization’s structure, income streams, and standard agreements. The panel will explore third-party organizations potential roles that can help with independent label success.


  • Marc D. Stollman, Esq., Stollman Law PA, Boca Raton, FL
  • Edgar “Dino” Gankendoff, Esq., Provosty & Gankendoff, LLC, NOLA
  • Matthew Wilson, Esq., Greater Thinking Music Group, Atlanta, GA  (Moderator)
  • Peter J Strand, Esq., Partner, Mandell Menkes, Chicago, IL
02:45 PM – 3:45 PM Damage Control: Dealing with high profile Talent – What happens when an artist, athlete or celebrity has a run in with the law? [Legal/ CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

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


  • Brian Caplan, Esq., Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt, New York, NY (Moderator)
  • Mikhael Bortz, Esq, Chicago, IL
  • Darryl Cohen, Esq. Cohen, Cooper Estep & Allen, Atlanta, GA
  • Richard D. French, Chairman & CEO, French/West/Vaughan

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

04:00 PM – 5:15 PM Trademark: Branding – Considerations in Gaming and Cannibiz [Legal/ CLE 1.25 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover trademarks, piracy, combating counterfeit goods and strategies for proper licensing and derivatives products.


  • Gregg Zegarelli, Esq., Zegarelli Technology & Entrepreneurial Ventures Law Group, PC, Pittsburgh, GA (Moderator)
  • Wallace Collins, Esq., New York, NY
  • Lillian Taylor, Esq., Miami, FL
01:30 PM – 2:30 PM Ethics after #Me Too [Legal/CLE 1.0 cr. hr.]

This panel will cover rules of professional conduct within #Me Too litigation. Privacy, morals, and interpretation of conduct during the discovery process will be examined, including best practices for preservation, the collection of electronic documents and protecting client’s information.


  • Judith DeFraites, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • Nadine Ramsey, Esq., New Orleans, LA
  • Magdalen Bickford, Esq. New Orleans, LA
00:00 DAY II, Part 2 – Be an Entrepreneur –
Speaker Lineup
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Paul Diaz, Owner/President, Tree Sound Studios
Paul founded and built Tree Sound 20+ years ago with one distinct mission in mind: ...
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Amy Lott
Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter, Amy Lott, hails from Meridian, MS, the ...
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Jessi Campo, Songwriter
Jessi’s distinctive and memorable voice plus glamorous attire compliment her heartfelt ...
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Serabee, Songwriter
The Mississippi Songbird   “I was born on Saturday and singing on Sunday,” ...
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John J. Maxmillion Jr.
Producer, Studio Owner, Managing Director of Power504 Radio, John Maxmillion has been at ...
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David Kunian
David Kunian – Historian, Curator of Music, New Orleans Jazz Museum, producer of the ...
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