Immediate Past Chair, Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section
Serona Elton has extensive experience as a music industry professional and educator. She is a professor, Director of the Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program, and Associate Dean of Administration at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is also a Yamaha Master Educator, and serves as Head of Educational Partnerships for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC).
Previously, Elton worked for Warner Music Group, where she held the position of Vice President, Product Management, and EMI Recorded Music, North America, where she was Vice President, Mechanical Licensing and Repertoire Data Services. She has also provided consulting services to Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Zumba Fitness, and other music-related companies.
A respected expert, Elton has written numerous articles about the music industry and directed several industry conferences. Additionally, the Leadership Music alumnus has provided expert commentary for Billboard and CNN.com and has made multiple appearances on NPR’s Marketplace. Elton is very active in numerous music industry organizations and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts, and Sport Law Section. Previously, she has served as President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), a member of the Recording Academy Board of Governors for the Florida Chapter, and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA.
Treasurer, Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section
Christy Foley is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York. Prior to opening her own firm in Florida in 2012, Christy worked with boutique law firms in New York City that represented filmmakers, musicians, and elite athletes.
Now, Christy manages The Law Office of Christy L. Foley, which focuses on contract law and intellectual property law. Christy frequently helps entertainers (such as musicians, filmmakers, artists, and athletes) protect their work - and their personal appearances. She also assists small businesses with their contracts, copyrights, and trademarks.
Christy can be reached at CFoley@TheCLFLaw.com or 407-739-8258.
Executive Council Member, Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section
Stollman Law PA
Stollman Law PA is a nationally recognized full service transactional Entertainment and Intellectual Property/Copyright Law practice in South Florida. Marc has practiced Entertainment Law for 25 years, representing clients in every facet of the entertainment industry, including world renowned award-winning recording artists, music producers, reality show participants/contestants/finalists (including representing the entire contestant pools), literary writers, record companies, music publishers, concert and event promoters, television studios, fitness companies, production companies, music video producers, radio, internet and media companies, visual artists, personal and business managers, entertainment industry executives, models, athletes, radio and television on-air personalities, as well as providing publishing administration services for copyright owners and acting as an expert witness.
While chief in-house counsel at S2BN/Live Nation, a global live event entertainment company specializing in the production and promotion of touring exhibitions, music tours, and theatrical performances, Marc also held primary legal responsibility for the development of the Live Nation “360 all-rights model” and orchestrated the precedent setting mega-signings of Madonna, U2, Shakira, Jay-Z, Nickelback, and The Zac Brown Band. S2BN was also the lead producer of the Broadway musicals “Spiderman”, “Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell”, and “Rock of Ages”. Prior to receiving his JD from Nova University, Marc received B.A.and M.B.A. degrees from Rutgers University. Marc has taught Music Publishing and Copyright Law as an adjunct at Florida Atlantic University and is a frequent participant at numerous entertainment industry functions and seminars, as well as colleges and law schools and community events.
Elliot Zimmerman, BCS, PA
Executive Council Member and Chair Emeritus, Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section
Elliot Zimmerman, licensed to practice law by the State of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1981, is a Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer engaged in a multi-jurisdictional federal copyright and trademark practice. His practice is focused on Entertainment Law, CyberLaw, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and has been an active member of The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section since its inception.