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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.

Leron E. Rogers, Esq.

Leron E. Rogers is a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. His practice includes complex litigation, business and commercial transaction matters in a variety of fields and industries, primarily in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property, technology and media. Mr. Rogers counsels institutional and individual clients on various topics related to crisis management, business disputes and litigation prevention, as well as non-litigation matters, frequently in the capacity of outside general counsel. 

Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Rogers was a partner at the law office of Hewitt & Rogers, where he led the firm’s entertainment, technology and media law practice. A former banker, Mr. Rogers is also knowledgeable resolving complex financial issues. He has successfully represented banks and other financial institutions, technology companies, physician practice groups, manufacturers, transportation companies, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and entertainment companies.

As a renowned entertainment attorney, Rogers works with the full spectrum of industry professionals including actors, recording artists, producers, songwriters, record labels, publishing and management companies, music industry trade organizations and new media companies. He currently represents corporate entities as well as high-profile celebrities and athletes in their personal and professional business ventures.  Representative entertainment clients include Vibe Magazine, Steve Harvey, Oscar winning actress Mo’Nique, Multi-platinum R&B group Silk, Plies, DMX, Q. Parker (112), Erick Sermon (EPMD), Professor Griff (Public Enemy) Dead Prez and Lil Scrappy, among others. Professional sports clients include members of the New York Mets, Arizona Diamondback, Pittsburg Pirates, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, and the San Francisco 49ers.

Rogers is a frequent speaker on entertainment law, licensing, and issues involving the convergence of media and technology. He has participated in leading industry think-tanks such as the SXSW Music and Entertainment Conference and the London Music Expo. Rogers serves on the Advisory Board for the Future of Music Coalition and was influential in advocating for the Performance Rights Act HR848, which entitles artists to royalties from radio airplay. A Board Member and Chair of Entertainment for the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Mr. Rogers was recently honored as a 2012 Catalyst Awards Recipient.

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