I moved to Los Angeles from Australia in 1996 and was admitted to the California Bar 18 months later. For close to a decade I was in private practice at the boutique Los Angeles law firm Iverson, Yoakum, Papiano & Hatch - where I did everything from complex litigation, to government contracting, to extensive work in entertainment and other transactions. I was fortunate enough to work for iconic clients such as Elizabeth Taylor, Olympic Ceremonies producer Ric Birch, Nederlander Concerts and LA’s Greek Theatre.
In 2006, transitioning from a downtown law firm environment, I started the company Autonomy with Phil Green, with a mission to launch entertainment and media projects. That partnership was behind a diverse slate of ventures, which included: leading a multi-million dollar equity round for an online college review start-up, planning and staging Mexico's Bicentennial celebrations with “master of ceremonies” Ric Birch, producing a soccer stadium half-time show for Heineken and UEFA, talent management for a Grammy-nominated artist and prime-time TV show-runner, setting up television shows on Travel Channel and MTV, and managing a major public contracting process for Nederlander Concerts in partnership with AEG Live.
In 2019, while continuing to advise a quality group of law clients, I also co-founded and became the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian Music Alliance, a not-for-profit collaboration of Australian music industry creative and business professionals based in the USA.
Throughout this time, I have naturally assumed a business affairs role, which requires an understanding of everything from creative processes to budgeting. I enjoy sharing this "360º" perspective to help people navigate the legal landscape to make deals, work with public officials, raise money, and build their careers and businesses.
To see some of the more high-profile projects that I have worked on CLICK HERE.