Testimonials

That CLE on Friday was great!  I needed a copyright refresher, and putting it in the context of musicians, songwriters and bands really brought it home.  Then, using The Beatles – my favorite band of all time — as an example of ethics issues was the real topper.  It gave me a lot of insight into what I thought I already knew about them, the people around them, and the break-up.  Thanks for all your insight and great information.

Joanne Fanizza, Melville, NY attorney

 The best webinar I have ever attended in my life.

Greg J. Winsky, NJ attorney

Great program! I have attended other seminars on copyright law, including one by a law firm that represents clients in the music industry, and your webinar was far and away superior to any of them. It provided practical information about current copyright law, along with your valuable insights into the music business and helpful suggestions on what one needs to be particularly mindful of. I enjoyed the ethics portion that combined the Model Rules with a concise history of the Beatles and the legal pitfalls that cost them dearly.

 Once again, a very practical and useful presentation, Jim. Worth every penny!

 

Kenneth R. Pyle, PA attorney

I took your class last week in Philly.  I have been suffering through CLE classes for the past 20 years.  This was by far the best CLE class that I ever attended.  I stayed awake, paid attention, and greatly enjoyed your CLE.  I learned some stuff along the way as well.

Thank you so much.

Joe Maenner, Philadelphia attorney

  • I want to thank you for a most enjoyable, informative and empowering experience at your Rock N Roll Law workshop. I have a much better perspective on what needs to be done or considered for the future of my daughter’s band. I also liked your approach of disseminating the information through one band, here the Eagles. This was very effective and made the course fun. It was empowering for me on a very personal basis.

Lori Chapin, San Diego attorney 

  • Although I had to brave traffic to attend your course live, that included an overnight stay, I feel lucky to have been in the room today.   It’s not “regular” CLE! It was engaging, intelligent, fun and professional as music law ought to be and I would recommend the course to others.  I’m inspired.

Karina Tiwana, CA attorney

  • I really enjoyed your seminar in KC on Friday!  Your hard work and expertise really shines in the presentation.  It was also one of the more entertaining CLEs I have ever attended.

Gordon Kirsten, Wichita, KS attorney

  • I attended Rock and Roll Law for six hours.  It felt like 30 minutes.  I would have stayed another six hours if Jim Jesse would have continued.  I will take it again when Jim comes back to Phoenix.  It was the best CLE I can ever remember taking, and I typically take 60-70 hours of CLE annually.  The difference between a naturally gifted, professional speaker like Jim and a competent CLE presenter is extraordinary.  Do yourself a favor and take the course – whether you need the CLE or not.  You will learn, and you will enjoy.

Steven B. Perlmutter, M.D., J.D., Phoenix, AZ

  • The class was exciting and refreshing. Good mix of podcasts, songs, and interviews with a fun lecture. 

M. Parker Landers, FL attorney

  • This CLE was interactive and educational. Great music and strong examples made it memorable.

Joseph Sternberg, Winter Park, FL attorney

  • Great CLE! Jim Jesse not only knows the material, but he obviously enjoys talking about it. It was engaging, entertaining, and enlightening.  I highly recommend it.

Clara Diaz, Miramar, FL

  • Outstanding class. A fascinating review of music history combined with the legal mechanics of the music business. The most fun I have ever had at a CLE presentation in more than 30 years of practice.

Hugh Bass, Assistant State Attorney, FL

  • Great presentation. I have never been this engaged in a day-long seminar ever. Participation from he encouraging audience makes the day go by quicker.

Elizabeth Young, Full Sail University, Winter Park, FL attorney

  • Very informative and entertaining. As the father of an aspiring singer / song writer / performer, I have had to self-teach myself and navigate the complex and ever so fluidity of the music industry. 

Danny Correa, Miami, FL attorney

  • I loved the CLE.  It was especially timely because my daughter is releasing a cd and a video this week.  She is a struggling singer and paid for a PR firm to assist her.  It seems like they are doing a terrible job – overpromise – underperform.   Your tips for getting the music out there were great.

Steve Wagner, FL attorney

  • Your webinar was one of the most enjoyable CLEs I’ve taken. The information was clear, concise and understandable. 

Rick Lamb MD, JD, MT attorney

  • Just finished your online seminar which was excellent.  It was informative from a legal standpoint and the history lesson on the Beatles was excellent, even more so because I have been a Beatles fan since I was 14, which was a long time ago!!! 

Michael Coil, MT attorney

  • One of the most enjoyable, entertaining and informative webinars that I have attended

Brian W. Pierson, JD, MBA, Oklahoma City attorney

  • Jim Jesse has thorough knowledge of the subject and his presentation is interesting and fun. Best CLE ever. Of course, I like The Beatles more than civil procedure. 

Kevin McCreedy, Albuquerque, NM attorney

  • I greatly enjoyed your presentation. I am absolutely jazzed with this subject matter.  This area of law is new for me and challenging. What fun! Your presentation was in-depth and entertaining.  I suspect if I had been introduced to this topic by another legal guide, I may just have only experienced technical dryness.  Thank you for putting life into this law.

Camille Martinez, Albuquerque, NM attorney

  • I have been suffering through CLE in various jurisdictions since 1982. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve enjoyed it. It was both substantially informative and entertaining. I am not in active practice anymore but keep up my licenses. If all CLEs were this informative and enjoyable I would not think twice about maintaining active status. 

Deborah Macdonald, San Francisco attorney 

  • That was the most enjoyable seminar I have ever attended. You said something in passing about addressing some issue during the Beatles class.  Do you offer other seminars? BTW, I had Eagles tickets, so it was a pretty neat coincidence to learn so much about them before the show.  Thanks for the great program.  

Bob Giannini, Atlanta attorney

  • Best seminar I have ever taken. Even if you do not practice in this field, you will love this presentation if you enjoy music. 

Robert Tuttle, Atlanta attorney

  • Practical and entertaining. This is a great course for musicians and lawyers alike. This is not your average, boring CLE! The presentation is full of interesting, real world case studies, music samples and useful information. Highly recommend!!  

Krystal Wascher, Pittsburgh attorney

  • Very good and informative. Jim is knowledgeable. Material is interesting. Presentation is lively, easy to follow and entertaining.  

W. David Slomski, Pittsburgh attorney

  • I would go to a lot more CLE courses if they were all this good. 

Josh Van de Wetering, MT attorney

  • One of the best seminars I have attended in the last 40 years. Interesting, entertaining, and jam-packed with the material you really need. Great value! 

Tom Korbee, Louisville attorney

  • Everyone should attend. Great value, excellent content and superb presenter. Amazing value!! 

Mary Angela Shaughnessy, Louisville attorney

  • Your CLE was great! The materials are concise and very helpful to both amateur and professional alike.

Harris H. Wilder, KC attorney

  • The class was really informative. I will never forget the various things I picked up from it.  I can’t remember all that much from the many CLEs I’ve participated in over the decades.  But I won’t forget what I picked up in this one.

Mark Trop, Windermere, FL attorney

  • I attended this CLE to assist my daughter who is a new and aspiring artist. I was impressed by the amount of new intellectual information I learned. Great presentation! 

Bradley Pistotnik, Wichita, KS attorney

  • I really enjoyed the webinar, I learned a lot.  I have been practicing for 29 years, not in this field. My son is in the music industry in both the recording and production side as well as being a musician. I am trying to get a foot in the door to help him and eventually get more involved in the industry. Your presentation was very helpful. 

Tedd Mehr, California attorney

  • Excellent presentation today. As someone who has worked outside of this area of the law for 30 years in a few jurisdictions (state tax law practice most of that time) but who has a strong and developed interest in blues and rock music, your presentation was truly appreciated. Very informative. Great job.
    Thanks for helping me complete my CLE with a fun course. I look forward to receiving my certificate and following the recent McCartney case. Be well and rock on! 

Nancy Stanislawski, California attorney

  • I attended yesterday’s webinar.  Also, if you have a mailing list for future events, please place my name in it.  Regarding the webinar, most enjoyable MCLE I’ve had in years.  You know your stuff inside out and by using a band that everyone knows as the foundation for the material, it made the learning more like watching a documentary than attending a class.  I always thought copyright was boring stuff until yesterday.  You certainly opened by eyes to the opportunities. 

Bruce A Lepore, California attorney

  • Least boring CLE ever! Any CLE that plays clips and music from Seinfeld and the Big Lebowski is ok by me.     

Colleen Schaller, Philadelphia attorney

  • I’ve been to over a hundred CLE Seminars in my 40 years of practice, but never enjoyed one as much as yesterday’s in Orlando.  Thank you for the smart and hilarious presentation, esp. about The Beatles.  John, Paul & George are heroes of mine.

Lamar Oxford, Orlando attorney

  • If all CLEs were this good, lawyers would spend all their time in auditoriums. 

Christine Mason, Portland attorney

  • A+! We got the steak, not just the sizzle. 

Edward J. Tucker, New Jersey attorney

  • I have attended a previous CLE by Jim and enjoyed so much, I had to attend another one. I *love* the incorporation of music and real-life examples. 

Ted D. Ayers, Wichita attorney

  • Excellent and extremely interesting. Best CLE I’ve ever attended. 

Susan Loy, Wichita attorney

  • A very interesting presentation and a chance to get a behind-the-scenes understanding of the music copyright world. 

Sam Henderson, St. Louis attorney

  • A 10! Very engaging. Jim is a great speaker! 

Elizabeth Bitterman, Philadelphia attorney

  • Great content, materials and delivery. 

 Wendy Fein Cooper, Philadelphia attorney

  • I have friends looking to open gyms and dance studios, and I wanted some basic information. Jim was both entertaining and very knowledgeable. The material was presented in a way designed to engage the listener. 

Joy Root, Lawrence attorney

  • Very compelling and a great overview of music copyright law. 

Max Kautsch, Lawrence musician

  • 10! Excellent! 

Richard Slezak, Portland attorney

  • 10 out of 10. Thorough, entertaining and informative. 

Thomas Kutz, Des Moines attorney

  • 5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it very much. 

Marc Ward, Des Moines attorney

  • This was a fascinating CLE. 

Dale S. Macltaffie, Portland attorney

  • Great info for someone who never took any IP law. 

John Schlosser, attorney

  • Very interesting and entertaining.  A nuts and bolts primer for the non-copyright practitioner who wants to expand his knowledge of the law.  This course contributed to my knowledge and love of music and its history. 

Larry Schaffer, Kansas City Attorney

  • This is a great way to pick up CLE credits.  I practice an entirely different kind of law.  I attended because the topic interested me.  I am glad I did.  I will be way more fun at cocktail parties. 

Susan Rider, Chicago Attorney

  • If all CLE’s were this good, lawyers would spend all their time in the classroom. 

Chris Mason, Portland, OR Attorney

  • A great overview of Music Copyright Law.  The presentation was interactive and very interesting.  A great mix of music law and history.  

Stephanie LaRocco, Wichita, KS attorney

  • For a person who does not do any intellectual property in my practice, this course was very interesting and straight-forward.  The best CLE I’ve attended in 20 years. 

Rose Mulvany Henry, Nashville, TN attorney

  • I represent a recording studio and several artists and writers.  This CLE was right on par with the work I do.  It was both entertaining and informative!  Thank you.

Melanie D. Bingham, Baxter Springs, KS attorney

  • For copyright practitioner’s, Jim’ CLE is comprehensive and engaging.  For non-copyright practitioners, Jim‘s CLE is approachable and entertaining.  Either way, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon! 

Amy Kelly, Lawrence, KS attorney

  • The best CLE I have ever attended. 

Graham Day, St. Louis attorney

  • A great capsule of all music law.  I loved it. 

Thomas Werge, Denver, CO attorney

  • Jim’s CLE presentations are the best I have ever attended in over 40 years of practicing law. Jim knows his stuff and makes everything interesting for the audience.

Bob Hiller, Topeka, KS attorney

  • I really enjoyed the seminar.  It took me out of my routine of criminal law and put me into another world.

Julianne Dunn-Herzog, Omaha, NE attorney

  • This was the most fun CLE I have ever been to.

Diana Vogt, Omaha, NE attorney

  • Very informative and excellent overview of Rock N Roll Law. 

Howard Borden, Omaha, NE attorney

  • Rock N Roll Law was my all-time favorite CLE—a fun, informative, interesting, and entertaining speaker.

Phyllis K. Webster, Wichita, KS attorney

  • With most clients’ online and social interests, knowledge of copyright law is critical.  In this age of internet and social networking, your clients will have copyright issues.  This class is excellent.

Henry Cox, Kansas City attorney

  • Presentation was excellent and fun.

Daniel M. Welch, Kansas City attorney

  • The best CLE I have ever attended.  Great visuals and audio, well organized and presented.

John J. Knoll, Kansas City attorney

  • I absolutely loved your presentation.  I enjoyed the chance to engage in a discussion with you regarding music law.

Jeff Curran, Oklahoma City Attorney

  • I believe the material and presentation was excellent.  I thoroughly enjoyed what I learned.

Richard C. Hinson, Omaha, NE Attorney

  • A highly entertaining CLE.  It presents premier information in a creative and informative way.

Trevor Hughes, Tulsa, OK attorney

  • I have an ownership interest in a recording studio and wanted to learn more about the business side of the music industry.  I expect to revisit these materials often and plan to change our business model based on lessons learned in Jim’s presentation.  

Gary Miller, Tampa FL attorney

  • Been practicing in the area for 16 years.  Super interesting topic. 

Kevin D. Astl, Tampa FL

  • One of the most energetic and well-informed speakers among the few hundred seminars I’ve attended in my 40-year law practice. 
  • Lamar D. Oxford, Orlando FL attorney
  • Excellent! Actually entertaining, while learning! 

Leslie E Smith, KC

  • This was my 4th time coming to a Rock n Roll Law seminar. I already had my CLE requirements for the year but came because it is so much fun. 

Jeff Zimmerman, KC

  • Excellent. Good blend of substantive material and lessons from the school of hard knocks. 

Stephen G Thomas, Cleveland

  • Jim is knowledgeable and clearly lives the subject matter. 

Joe Ferrante, Cleveland

  • Come on back to Atlanta. I enjoyed your course. Would love to take another. Even the other attendees were more interesting.  

Fran Spinelli, Atlanta attorney

  • I liked the course a lot: a most pleasurable learning experience.

James Jordan, California attorney

  • I attended in 2015. Jim Jesse is knowledgeable, a great speaker and very entertaining. Rock N Roll Law is the only CLE I look forward to attending. 

Heather Dickinson, Iowa attorney

  • I have been suffering through CLE in various jurisdictions since 1982. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve enjoyed it. It was both substantially informative and entertaining. I am not in active practice anymore but keep up my licenses. If all CLEs were this informative and enjoyable I would not think twice about maintaining active status. 

Deborah Macdonald, San Francisco attorney 

  • Jim is getting so popular, he needs a bigger venue! 

Maureen Mahoney, Kansas City Attorney

  • Not only is the presentation fun and entertaining, but I learned much more about the fundamentals of copyright law than I anticipated.  Great CLE and well worth the time. 

Ron Pritchard, Kansas City Attorney

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