The Team

  • Heather Rafter

    Principal, RafterMarsh US (licensed to practice law in California; admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales*)

    Heather Dembert Rafter has been providing legal and business development services to the audio, music technology and digital media industry for over twenty-five years. As the principal counsel at RafterMarsh US, she leads the RM team in providing a wide variety of services to small and medium-sized companies.

    For fourteen years, she was the lead counsel for Digidesign, the audio division of Avid Technology, beginning as Director of Legal Affairs and rising to the role of General Counsel. During her time at Digidesign, the company expanded to include M-Audio and Sibelius Software.  She began her legal career as a litigation attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, focusing on intellectual property and commercial matters. Heather has served in a variety of leadership roles in the American Bar Association, including Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.  She is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B., Woodrow School of Public & International Affairs, magna cum laude) and Columbia University School of Law (J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar).

    When not focusing on work, Heather often can be found at a music festival or on a yoga mat. She’s especially proud of her three children, two of whom work in Silicon Valley (Square, Google) and her daughter who’s starting college.

    *currently not practicing in that capacity

  • Terence Marsh

    Principal, RafterMarsh UK (licensed to practice law in England and Wales)

    Terence “Terry” Marsh was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales over twenty years ago. He specializes in intellectual property and contractual issues in the entertainment industry for both litigation and transactional matters. Terry received his training at Eversheds, then expanded to the international stage with Garret & Co (of Arthur Andersen) and subsequently Dib Lupton Alsop (now known as DLA Piper), Sheridans, and Hamlins Solicitors where his focus was on music and film, and acted on behalf of artists and recording/film production companies alike. After years of working internationally (in various European countries and in the USA) on a project by project basis, Terry founded Marsh Law in 2007. After pairing up with the U.S. lawyer, Heather Rafter, Marsh Law became RafterMarsh UK.

    Since the firm’s beginning, Terry has worked with a variety of small to medium sized companies including startups in both tech and media. He continues to represent artists, musicians, producers and composers in intellectual property and commercial matters.

    Terry graduated from the University of Newcastle (LLB) and the School of Law in York. During his time at the University of Newcastle he was the President of the Newcastle Students Law Society for two years and during the first year of his training contract he was President of the Leeds Law Students Society. He also came third in the national “Solicitor/Client Interviewing Competition” run throughout the UK in 1991.

    RafterMarsh UK has recently been awarded the INTL Corporate Global Award for “IP Licensing Law Firm of the Year in England.”

    Out of the office: Terry enjoys travelling, has two young children and plays lead guitar in a rock covers band. In his own words “there is little time for anything else.”

  • Jessica Fajfar

    Of Counsel, RafterMarsh US (licensed to practice law in California)
    Jessica Fajfar has been part of the RafterMarsh team since 2009, and specializes in intellectual property and licensing matters for technology, digital media, advertising, medical marijuana and entertainment companies. She graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and received her LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from the University of San Francisco.
     
    Jessica is also a full-time Assistant Professor and Supervising Attorney at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she supervises the USPTO Trademark Program, the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Program (EVLS) and the Employment Law Clinic. She trains students in trademark prosecution, contract drafting, and general intellectual property consultation for start-up companies.
     
    Out of the office she commits her time to learning to play percussion instruments and improving her yoga practice.  Namaste.
  • Nikki Markman

    Administrator

    Nikki Markman has an M.A. in Organizational Management as well as a B.A. in Anthropology. Her background has been in higher education with a focus on international education and cultural exchange. As well as being a part of the RM team she currently works at the University of San Francisco, School of Law as the Clinics Administrator. When she is not gallivanting all over the globe, Nikki enjoys dancing, supporting local musicians and providing encouragement and support to those around her.

  • Philipp Lengeling

    Law Clerk

    Philipp Lengeling is a graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany, where he obtained his Magister iuris degree and passed the First State Exam (“Erste Staatsprüfung”). He originally began his legal studies at the University of Heidelberg and then transferred to the University of Cologne in order to specialize in German and European Media Law with a focus on EU Privacy Law.

    Beside working for RafterMarsh, Philipp is currently attending the LL.M. (Master of Laws) program of Fordham Law School in New York City, in order to receive an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (expected in May, 2018). He is a member of the DAJV (German-American Lawyers‘ Association).

    Out of the office, Philipp immerses himself in music by playing the keyboard, the guitar and as a music producer in numerous music projects.

  • Laura Whiteside

    Legal Intern

    Laura Whiteside obtained her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law with a specialization in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. While attending USF she served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in English. Out of the office she can be found at the nearest art museum or in front of her own easel.