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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.

Lita T. Rosario, Esq.

Lita Rosario is the principal of WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting, LLC a boutique entertainment and intellectual property law and consulting firm in Washington DC. Rosario has served as the Chair of the DC Bar’s Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section. She also serves on the Grammy Board of Governors for the Washington DC Chapter of the Recording Academy. She is admitted to the Bars in New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, the Southern District of New York, the District Court for the District of Columbia, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. In 2013, Rosario received the Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award from the National Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Section. The Award was largely due to Rosario’s success in securing the ownership rights for Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force for arguably the most sampled song in Hip Hop --- “Planet Rock,” and all songs that sampled Planet Rock! Rosario also represents members of Parliament Funkadelic, including George Clinton and Garry Shider (Diaper Man), in connection with matters to regain ownership of their music catalogs including the iconic hits records “Atomic Dog,” and “ One Nation Under A Grove.” She also represents the estate of a founder of KC and the Sunshine Band, Ronald Louis Smith. Rosario started her career as an entertainment lawyer as the co-founder and owner of University Music Entertainment a music production company that produced multi-platinum recording artist DRU Hill, Mya and ultimately Sisqo. Rosario went on to represent such artists as Missy Elliott -- and is responsible for Missy owning her copyrights, --- Crystal Waters, Tank, Robin S, Peaches & Herb, Mr. Cheeks (The Lost Boyz), and numerous other multi-platinum songwriters and producers. She has consulted in the Laruen Hill litigation and the Zapp and Sean Levert Estate matters. Rosario has secured ownership rights for her clients in the mega hit records as “Who let the Dogs Out,” “Blame it on the Alcohol,” “Thong Song” and “My Drink N My 2 Step.” Rosario’s experience includes drafting and negotiation of entertainment related agreements, including television production and talent deals for various clients with Disney, UPN, TV One, BET, VIACOM/MTV, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, E! NETWORK, FUSE and Universal Pictures. In addition, she has negotiated major merchandizing, advertising/endorsement and music licensing deals with adidas International, MAC Makeup, Doritos, Yahoo, PEPSI, Lincoln Mercury, Mitsubishi, Miller Brewing Company and Bermuda Tourism. She also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating recording, music publishing and distribution agreements with companies such as Warner Music Group, Atlantic Recording Corporation, BMG/RCA, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Elektra Entertainment Group, and Dreamworks. Rosario also lobbies Congress on artist rights issues and is an outspoken advocate for artist rights! Rosario began her career as a corporate/securities law attorney at Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett in Boston and moved on to Shearman & Sterling in New York. Rosario is a graduate of Howard University.

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