| Ms. Mensch is an entertainment lawyer with vast experience and contacts in the music industry, where she has directed her law practice for over 25 years. For 2-˝ years, she directed the business of a Chicago-based media-internet company's entertainment division. With this division, Ms. Mensch developed a television, Internet, digital and radio distribution network in China while acquiring the highest quality content for the company's television business in China. Ms. Mensch put together strategic alliances for this division with international content owners such as the Financial Times, the BBC, Bertelsmann, China Educational Television, China Central Television (CCTV), Shanghai Television, Good Parent TV, the NFL, the NBA, and many other independent content owners in various media. Ms. Mensch travels frequently to Asia, where she continues to develop working relationships with the Chinese media. Ms. Mensch specializes in international intellectual property management.
Linda's clients include television broadcast and production companies, theatrical touring companies, record companies, commercial music production companies, individual producers, publishers, managers, technology companies, and entertainment-oriented software companies, authors, as well as performing artists such as Ella Jenkins, the Ohio Players, Cheap Trick, Ministry, Survivor, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Sugar Blue, and Da Brat. Ms. Mensch is the past President of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy and has served as a National Trustee and National Vice-President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. She currently serves as the president of the board of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, and is on the Board of Directors of A Safe Haven Foundation, Be Products, and The Chicago Christian Industrial League. She previously served as a member and officer of the National Jazz Museum in Chicago, and was a founding “mother” of the Chicago Chapter of “Women in Film”. Ms. Mensch has taught Entertainment Law at Columbia College, in Chicago, at Southern Cross University Law School in Australia, and has lectured internationally on both Entertainment Law and International Intellectual Property Management at various seminars and law schools.
Ms. Mensch won a Chicago/ Midwest Emmy Award in 2008 as the Associate Producer of “Find Yourself A Dream: The Bob Love Story”. She is currently serving as Executive Producer of “The Ella Jenkins Story”.
A graduate of Kirkland College (now part of Hamilton College), in Clinton, N.Y., Ms. Mensch studied literature in Heidelberg, at the University of Salzburg, and at Cauis, College, Cambridge before entering law school. Ms. Mensch is a graduate of New York University School of Law. Ms. Mensch helped develop the practice and standards for Entertainment Law in Illinois, and has practiced entertainment law in New York and Illinois since 1977. To celebrate her 25th year in private practice, Linda Mensch joined the international law firm, BRYAN CAVE, OF COUNSEL, in Chicago, on July 1, 2010.