TESLAW Council

Our nine Council Members are selected by TESLAW membership once a year and hold three-year rotating terms.

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Austin Champion
Council Term Expiring in 2022

Austin is a business and IP trial attorney in Dallas, Texas who primarily works with companies and individuals involved in complex, high-stakes business and intellectual property disputes.

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Stevie Fitzgerald
Council Term Expiring in 2023

Stevie has years of experience in Entertainment contracts as well as in Copyright, Trademark, and Personality Rights.

Daniel Hare
Council Term Expiring in 2024

Daniel is the Founder/President of Varsity Search, an attorney recruitment company. He is a former NCAA Division II athletic director and an adjunct professor of sports law at Baylor University.

Michele Martell
Council Term Expiring in 2024

Michele Martell is a rare commodity as a community, marketing and legal strategist, and implementer. With a background in entertainment and edtech as well as intellectual property law and a focus on innovative storytelling for every screen, Michele has been part of the executive management teams for The Jim Henson Company, Cinedigm Entertainment, SD Entertainment as well as WWE.

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Amy E. Mitchell
Council Term Expiring in 2024

Amy E. Mitchell is a transactional lawyer based in Austin, Texas, who practices entertainment law with a focus on music, television, and film law issues. She has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2004 and represents emerging artists and entrepreneurs as well as established professionals.

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Ira Perez
Council Term Expiring in 2022

Ira Perez’s practice covers a broad range of transactional and business contract matters and has experience with trust and estate administration, investment analysis, and energy leases.

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Sara-Michelle Stearns
Council Term Expiring in 2022

Sarah-Michelle Stearns focuses her practice on risk management, litigation, and appeals. She has experience in a broad range of commercial litigation matters and more.

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Heather VanDyke
Council Term Expiring in 2023

Heather R. VanDyke is General Counsel of South by Southwest. Heather oversees all legal matters ranging from intellectual property protection, licensing, contracts, insurance and more.

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Alyce Zawacki
Council Term Expiring in 2023

Inspired by the bold and visionary, Alyce is a supporter and protector of Creatives, determined to help them monetize their work and manage the risks associated with bringing projects to life.