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2018 MEIEA Educators Summit:
Thursday, March 22 – Saturday, March 24
Embassy Suites by Hilton
2018 MEIEA Educators Summit Keynote Speakers:
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs
Universal Music Group
Jeffrey Harleston is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group worldwide. Harleston is a key member of the senior executive team and responsible for overseeing all business transactions, contracts, and litigation related to UMG’s operations. He is also responsible for the development of corporate policies including the coordination of the company’s government relations, trade and anti-piracy activities so as to ensure a unified strategy across all of the company’s divisions.
Harleston has held a variety of senior legal and operational positions at UMG over the years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for North America. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President/Head of Operations for Geffen Records and Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for MCA Records. Before joining Universal, Harleston was Associate Independent Counsel during the investigation and prosecution of the Iran/Contra scandal. He has also worked as a litigation associate with the firm of Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. and, before law school, as an Account Executive for Saatchi & Saatchi Compton Advertising in New York.
Harleston received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley.
Dina LaPolt, Esq.
Dina LaPolt, Esq. is the owner of LaPolt Law, P.C., a boutique transactional entertainment law firm in Los Angeles that specializes in representing music creators, many of whom tour all over the world. She is an expert at strategizing and solving complex and sophisticated legal and business issues relating to contracts, copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and litigation.
Dina gave a TED Talk recently on the importance of standing up for songwriters and her journey to becoming an advocate for creator’s rights (http://youtu.be/I0FFMFguPL0). She also served as editor of the book Building Your Artist’s Brand as a Business, and for the 18th year, she will be teaching her “industry must attend” class "Legal and Practical Aspects of the Music Business" at UCLA Extension.
Dina has been named to Billboard’s 2018 Power 100, and for the previous three years in a row, to Billboard’s Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys and the Hollywood Reporter’s Top Music Business Attorneys. Additionally, she was named to Variety’s 2017 Women’s Impact Report, Billboard’s 2016 and 2017 Women in Music, and Variety’s 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report. Follow Dina on Twitter @DinaLaPolt and @LaPoltLaw.