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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Donald Woodard, Esq.

Donald Woodard is the Deputy General Counsel of USA Track & Field, Inc.  In his role, he handles the complex day-to-day transactional matters of USATF including intellectual property.  He also assists in the management of corporate governance, general litigation matters, the insurance and sanction programs and all legal matters impacting USATF’s diverse constituents including its elite athletes.  

Woodard previously served as a partner in the Atlanta office of Gordon & Rees, LLP, where he was a leading entertainment lawyer working as counsel to entertainment companies and celebrities with respect to emerging media, digital rights and strategy, copyright and intellectual property, and rights of privacy and publicity.  He counseled clients with respect to all areas of entertainment law, including, recording agreements, music publishing agreements, production and development agreements, unscripted television talent and production agreements, literary property, content licensing and acquisition agreements, distribution agreements, co-branding agreements, sponsorship agreements and executive compensation agreements.

Mr. Woodard has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer, 100 Most Influential People in Entertainment by Rolling Out, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and was among the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars.”  He was the first African American federal judicial clerk on the Northern District of Georgia’s Bankruptcy Court, and oversaw the high profile bankruptcy of best-selling recording group TLC.

Mr. Woodard is a frequent speaker on the lecture circuit and has served on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy’s).  He serves as the Chairman of the Black Women Film Network, the first man to ever serve in such a capacity and is a member of the Advisory Board of Future of Music Coalition, The Copyright Society of The U.S.A., and Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association among other organizations.

 

 

Mr. Woodard is originally from Temple Hills, Maryland and is a graduate of Morehouse College and Indiana University School of Law.

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