TESLAW Council

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

Beate Erwin
Council Term Expiring in 2023

Beate Erwin is a tax attorney based in Dallas, Texas, advising foreign artists and non-U.S. agents on performance-related U.S. tax matters and reviews of I.P. rights contracts; in the area of sports, she counsels foreign non-profits in establishing and maintaining tax-exempt status in the U.S. She is the author of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolio, 6442-1st T.M., Taxation of Foreign Entertainers and Sportsmen.

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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.

Thomas Maddrey
Council Term Expiring in 2025

Thomas Maddrey is the General Counsel & Head of National Content and Education for ASMP, the premier national trade association for creators. With over a decade of experience as a commercial and fine-art photographer, Thomas became an attorney to work with creators who, like himself, faced legal and business challenges each day of their careers. 

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.

Andrew F. Rhoden
Council Term Expiring in 2025

A leader in the Munck Wilson Mandala Sports & Entertainment Law Practice, Andrew advises universities regarding Title IX compliance and NCAA infractions. He is trusted by college coaches throughout the country to create career opportunities, develop their brand, and provide solutions when conflicts arise. Prior to his legal career, Andrew was a football coach and director at both the collegiate and high school levels.  His experience touches on all facets of the sports business realm in areas such as administration, compliance, marketing, conflict management, and contract negotiations. 

Stephen Starks
Council Term Expiring in 2025

Stephen Starks is a sports and entertainment lawyer who currently serves as Senior Counsel, Concerts for Live Nation Entertainment where, among other legal responsibilities, he focuses on drafting and negotiating artist agreements concerning tours headlined by some of the biggest acts in the music business, which are promoted by Live Nation across North America. 

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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.