I am an Assistant Professor of Music and the Chair of Music Industry Studies at California State University Northridge, where I teach legal and business courses relevant to the music industry=. Before he entered full-time teaching, I spent over 20 as an entertainment and media attorney, representing songwriters, performers, independent record companies, authors, and filmmakers, as well as working as general counsel for a Seattle multi-media organization.
In addition to being an entertainment lawyer, I am a composer, lyricist, vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and bass player. I have composed everything from pop songs and jingles to symphonic, chamber, and choral works — but my passion remains musical theater. I am an ASCAP composer/publisher affiliate and a member of numerous entertainment and academic organizations, including The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Dramatists Guild, The Songwriter’s Guild of America, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the College Music Society, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the American Society of Musical Arrangers and Composers.