Heather Rafter, Esq.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 industries for over twenty-five years. As principal counsel at RafterMarsh US, she leads the RM team in providing sophisticated corporate and IP advice (US practice) and entertainment law services (UK) to content creators, hardware and software developers, and event producers, among others.
Heather served as Director of Legal Affairs and later General Counsel for Digidesign, the audio division of Avid Technology and the creator of the award-winning Pro Tools software. Heather was instrumental in the company’s acquisition of M-Audio and Sibelius Software and represented audio console leader Euphonix in its acquisition by Avid, as well as counsel for Imagine Research in its acquisition by iZotope, another audio industry flagship company.
She began her legal career as a litigation attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, focusing on intellectual property and commercial matters. Heather served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law and is a member of the ABA’s Fund for Justice and Education.
Heather currently serves as an Advisor to Ardian, a French-based private equity firm, on the Board of Advisors of the Bob Moog Foundation and as a Senior Advisor for MediaBridge Capital, a leading investment banking and strategic advisory firm serving the media technology industry. Heather, an advocate for gender parity in the legal and music industry, also serves on the Boards of SoundGirls.org, and WiMN, the Women’s International Music Network. A proud alumna, Heather serves on the advisory council for the Department of Music at Princeton University.
Heather 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).
Heather’s sons both work in high tech, and her daughter is finishing her senior year at Princeton University. Heather is an avid yogi and fan of live music.
Terence Shaun MarshPrincipal, RafterMarsh UK (licensed to practice law in England and Wales)
Terence “Terry” Shaun 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 young two children and plays lead guitar in a rock covers band. In his own words “there is little time for anything else.”
Jessica Fajfar, LL.M. (San Francisco), Esq.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 LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from the University of San Francisco.
Jessica is an Assistant Clinical 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 on trademark prosecution matters as well as in other intellectual property areas including copyrights and IP protection for startups.
Out of the office she commits her time to learning to play the drums and perfecting her yoga practice. Namaste.
- Email: [email protected]
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-fajfar-3b35237
Nikki Markman is a human resources professional and outside of her work with RafterMarsh, Nikki is the Human Resources & Contracts Manager of Planet Home.
Her background has been in higher education with a focus on international education and cultural exchange. She currently works at the University of San Francisco, School of Law as the Clinics Administrator. Nikki Markman has a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management as well as a B.A. in Anthropology. When she’s not gallivanting all over the globe, Nikki enjoys dancing, supporting local musicians, and providing encouragement and support to those around her.
- Email: [email protected]
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikki-markman-0a434284
Philipp Lengeling, Mag. iur., LL.M. (New York), Esq.Counsel, RafterMarsh US (licensed to practice law in New York)
Philipp Lengeling is an attorney based in New York, New York. Philipp is a graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany, where he obtained a Magister iuris degree and passed the First State Exam (“Erste Staatsprüfung”). He 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.
While working for RafterMarsh, Philipp attended the LL.M. (Master of Laws) program of Fordham Law School in New York City until May, 2018, where he graduated cum laude (placed in top 10%) receiving an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. At Fordham Law School, he was awarded with the Emily C. and John E. Hansen Award for attaining the highest cumulative grades within the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Program. Philipp is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law and continues to support LL.M. students seeking to become admitted attorneys in New York.
He is a member of the DAJV (German-American Lawyers‘ Association) and several U.S. based bar associations, such as the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Out of the office, Philipp immerses himself in music by playing the keyboard, the guitar and as a producer in numerous music projects.
Nayram GasuLegal Intern
Nayram is a law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law ‘21. Her legal experience includes working for the Philadelphia Defenders Association, where she directly represented clients in court on criminal matters, serving as a Data Privacy and Compliance Intern with Ashoka, a non-profit in Washington D.C., and interning at Japan’s most acclaimed IP law firm, TMI Associates, in Tokyo, Japan. She is also the 2019-20 Law Student Liaison for the ABA Section of Science and Technology Law.
Before law school, Nayram worked in the New York State Senate as a Policy Research Associate to current Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Nayram is a first-generation Ghanaian immigrant with a B.A. in Political Science, and English, and a minor in Communications from the University at Albany, SUNY. Outside of law school, Nayram can be found bouldering at her local rock climbing gym.
Tomiko CairoLegal Intern
Tomiko Cairo is pursuing her J.D. and M.B.A. at the University of San Francisco School of Law and School of Management. She completed her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine in June 2017. Her areas of interest include intellectual property, specifically trademark law, and business. During her free time, Tomiko enjoys being outdoors, photography, and cooking up a vegan meal.
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- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomiko-cairo-587b38104/
Dave E. Bartlett
David E. Bartlett, Attorney-at-Law, is currently in private practice representing enterprises at the start-up, development and growth stages as outside general counsel, and on special projects, including strategic alliances, corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, commercial, technology, licensing and intellectual property transactions.
Mr. Bartlett has co-founded several high-tech companies, was a partner with a major law firm, authored books and articles, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Bartlett was a Partner of Cooley Godward LLP, a Silicon Valleybased law firm, where he practiced for 10 years after he joined the firm in 1987. Mr. Bartlett co-founded its Boulder office in 1993, where he was in charge of the Technology Practice Group.
Mr. Bartlett represented high-tech and biotechnology companies specializing in strategic alliances, corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, complex commercial transactions, and intellectual property transactions and strategies. Mr. Bartlett is the author of numerous articles and other publications, including the Strategic Alliances Handbook and the Intellectual Property Handbook — Institutional and University Licensing: Key Terms and Negotiation Points.
Mr. Bartlett’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Entrepreneurship, magna cum laude, University of Colorado (1978); and a Juris Doctor degree, Outstanding Corporate Intern, University of Denver College of Law (1984).
- Email: [email protected]
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-bartlett-0511723/
Niklas Eder, LL.M., Mâitr. En DroitLaw Clerk
Niklas Eder is a Ph.D. student and legal researcher who is currently affiliated with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Niklas publishes and speaks regularly at conferences on issues relating to Big Data, machine learning, data protection and other regulatory matters regarding the data economy.Niklas graduated in the top 2% of the prestigious European Law School at Humboldt University of Berlin. Subsequently, Niklas received a Masters in European Union Law at Université Paris II, Panthéon Assass, and a LL.M. at King’s College London.He has previously worked for Professor Peer Zumbansen (Director of the Transnational Law Institute at King’s College) and Professor Christian Calliess (Professor of European Union Law at Free University Berlin) while Calliess was a legal consultant to the President of the European Commission in Brussels (European Political Strategy Center). Niklas has first worked as law clerk at Gleiss Lutz in Berlin. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on European Law as a Fellow at the Graduate School of the Humboldt European Law School in Berlin and is Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. Niklas’ research is interdisciplinary and award-winning.Besides his academic and consulting work, he publishes for the renowned Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest German newspapers, commenting decisions of the European Court of Justice and reporting on matters of data protection and European Constitutional Law.
- Email: [email protected]
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/niklas-eder-742b03137/
Jessica Holcombe, MBA, Esq.Of Counsel, RafterMarsh US (licensed to practice law in California)Jessica is a senior corporate and intellectual property licensing attorney representing startups and established corporations in the tech, media, semiconductor, energy and spirits industries. Jessica advises companies on corporate formation, seed and series financings, option and restricted stock grants, securities exemptions, SaaS and tech licensing agreements, commercial contracts, corporate governance, e-commerce and employment matters, intellectual property protection, commercial leasing, and mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border transactions. Jessica has also represented national media companies in connection with advertising regulations and complex commercial agreements. When away from her desk, Jessica has run for U.S. Congress, and she loves the great outdoors in the Sacramento region where she and her husband, dog, cat, and chicken live.Jessica received her JD/MBA from UC Davis and her Bachelor of Arts in German from Georgetown University. She is a mentor with the UC Davis Venture Catalyst LegalNet Program.
- Email: [email protected]
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-holcombe-2743935/