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Our Firm

OUR TEAM

BENJAMIN R. REDER

Ben Reder is a founding partner of the firm.  He brings extensive experience to the practice with a background in corporate and transactional entertainment at a major international law firm, and as vice president of business affairs at a prominent film company before founding Reder & Feig LLP.  He has expertise and experience advising technology and content providers in the new media world.

Ben received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard and is a member of the California and Massachusetts bars. Ben and his wife have a son and a daughter. Ben loves to watch his son play baseball and soccer and his daughter dance and act.

GLENN D. FEIG

Glenn D. Feig is a founding partner of the firm. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating financing, co-production, international co-production, acquisition of rights and development agreements, as well as those ranging from music, merchandising, product placement, licensing, clearances of rights and new media issues.

Prior to founding the firm, he was a business representative at the Screen Actors Guild, and now advises clients on all above-the-line guild matters. Glenn raises money on behalf of cancer charities including Children’s Hospital LA and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. Glenn enjoys spending time with his family and surfing waves around the world.

Mike Park

Mike Park is a partner of the firm. He specializes in television development deals, motion picture production, drafting and negotiation of financing agreements, and acquisition of literary property rights.

Mike received his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley where he graduated with distinction in general scholarship. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he graduated cum laude. He enjoys all forms of sports, especially the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers.

Mandy Blandford

Mandy Blandford joined the Reder & Feig team in July of 2017. Mandy began her legal career working in music publishing, artist management, and legal affairs at an independent record label. She quickly developed an interest in the film industry and joined a small production company where she assisted in legal affairs before joining the Reder & Feig team.

Mandy earned a B.A. in Digital Media Management with a concentration on law and photography from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and furthered her education with a law degree from Southwestern Law School. She is passionate about film, music, art, animal rescue, and all things dark and spooky.

Matthew Edwards

Matthew Edwards joined the Reder & Feig in the fall of 2018. His experience with a major television studio made him a strong fit to serve the firm’s cutting-edge television development practice. Matt received a degree in finance and economic consulting from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2012 where he graduated with honors. He moved to Los Angeles in 2014 to attend Southwestern Law School where he served as the Managing Editor of the SW Law Review and graduated Cum Laude. Matt is an avid sports fan who especially loves the NBA, college basketball and golf. When he’s not in the office you can find Matt in the kitchen, honing his cooking skills while Marvin Gaye plays in the background.

Schooner Sonntag

Schooner Sonntag joined Reder & Feig in October 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Schooner has worked in brand development at a major motion picture studio, music licensing at a major network, and business and legal affairs at a mini-major studio. Originally from Arizona, Schooner received his BA in Economics from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was an editor on the Entertainment Law Review and published an article on the Video Privacy Protection Act. Schooner’s favorite things include spending time with his wife, live music, watching the English Premier League and karaoke.

JJ Berthelsen

JJ Berthelsen joined Reder & Feig in September 2019. Prior to joining the firm, JJ worked in business and legal affairs at a major television studio and held both legal and production positions at an independent production and distribution company. His producing experience combined with growing up immersed in the entertainment industry gives him a unique insight into all the moving parts that make up a successful production. JJ received his B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School. In addition to his passion for movies and television, JJ loves traveling the world and experiencing other cultures.

Angi Christov

Angi Christov joined Reder & Feig in May of 2018, and focuses primarily on production legal services for scripted television shows. She grew up with family members working in the entertainment industry and always knew she wanted to pursue a career in entertainment law. Angi received a degree in Business Law from Arizona State University’s Barrett the Honors College and her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she served as president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. When Angi isn’t working, she enjoys attending music festivals, practicing yoga, and running on Venice beach with her dachshund chihuahua mix, Beau.

Stephen M. Gallagher

Stephen M. Gallagher joined Reder & Feig in October 2020.  Prior to joining the firm, Stephen held positions at both a large law firm in New York City representing corporations on M&A matters as well as an entertainment boutique firm in Los Angeles representing both production companies and talent, where he negotiated and drafted documents related to development, production, and distribution.  Stephen received his B.A. in Communications from Loyola University MD, his M.A. in Media Ventures from Boston University, his M.A. in Catholic Theology from St. Joseph’s College in Maine, and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.  In his free time, Stephen enjoys travel, Italian cooking, and spending time with his wife, son and their two golden retrievers.

Weston K. O’Connor

Weston K. O’Connor joined Reder & Feig in May 2021. He previously served as Director of Business & Legal Affairs at an Academy Award®-winning film production company. He received his undergraduate degree from Fresno State and his J.D. with concentrations in entertainment law and business law from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law in Orange County. Weston enjoys golfing, cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and spending time with family in his hometown, Paso Robles.

Cherise Honey Hallenbeck

Cherise Honey Hallenbeck joined Reder & Feig in February 2021 and brings twenty years of production and distribution experience. Cherise has handled every stage of production from pre-production through physical and legal delivery of films. For the past ten years, she has been the executive on various studio projects. Cherise enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and their chihuahua, Lucky.

Cristian Barros

Cristian Barros joined Reder & Feig in July in 2021 and focuses primarily on coordinator services for film and television projects. He has been actively working in the entertainment industry since 2007 in various areas, including Music Clearance/Publishing, Production, Development and Business Affairs. He grew up in Agoura Hills, CA and graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Television Arts. When Cristian isn’t working, he is an avid moviegoer, television binge watcher, concertgoer, writer, and enjoys getting out in nature for hikes.

Aren Shilvarjo

Aren Shilvarjo joined Reder & Feig in October 2021.  Previously, Aren worked in business and legal affairs at a mini-major television studio. Aren received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School. When Aren isn’t busy rooting for his sports, he enjoys attending live music events and travelling the world with his wife.

Austin Smith

Austin Smith joined Reder & Feig in January 2022. Austin received his B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Loyola Marymount University, and his J.D. from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law with a certificate in ADR. Austin is an avid NBA, NFL, and Esports fan. When he isn’t busy being disappointed by the Las Vegas Raiders, he enjoys film, cooking, traveling, live shows, trying new restaurants and playing video games.

Oliver Bundy

Oliver Bundy joined Reder & Feig in March 2022.  Prior to joining Reder & Feig, Oliver held positions at both a national defense litigation firm representing corporations on areas of product liability and mass toxic tort as well as SAG-AFTRA where he enforced various collective bargaining agreements on behalf of approximately 160,000 performers.  Oliver received his B.A. in Film Studies from Cornell University and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.  In his free time, Oliver enjoys playing tennis, watching classic films, and attending live sporting events and concerts.

Nick Meerson

Nick, a native of Los Angeles, joined Reder & Feig in May, 2022.  Previously practicing at mid-size law firms, he successfully represented clients in commercial finance as well as business and real estate litigation matters. Nick received his B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, was a four year starter on the baseball team, garnering All-Conference and MVP honors, and earned his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law where he served as Associate Editor of Law Review. An avid reader of world history, Nick also has a keen interest in art, architecture, and languages. In his downtime, he enjoys watching the Dodgers and spending time with family, friends, and his recently acquired rescue puppy.