DLJGTLCF Biographies

 

 
Desha L. Jackson Esq., Program Manager

 

Desha L. Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer of DLJ Sports and Entertainment Connection and a practicing attorney in the state of New Jersey, who has practice law for over 15 years.  In her various capacities she has also planned and executed several major media events and functions.

 

Ms. Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Drew University and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law on partial scholarship. While at Stetson, Ms. Jackson was a member of Student Government, an officer of the Black Law Students Association, and was on the honor roll and Dean’s List for academic achievement. In 1996 Ms. Jackson was a judicial law clerk at the Monmouth Vicinage in Freehold New Jersey, in the criminal division for the Honorable Theodore J. Labrecque, Vincent Hull and Michael D. Farren. Ms. Jackson worked as a legal assistant at the Hudson County Prosecutors Office, and was the first African American Female prosecutor ever hired at the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office in its 165 year history from 1997 to 2000. In May 2000 Ms. Jackson became an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark, where she litigated and prevailed in several significant cases on behalf of the City.

 

Ms. Jackson also served as a Deputy Attorney General in Trenton, at the Department of Law and Public Safety, assigned to the Office of State Police Affairs. In 2004 Ms. Jackson was promoted to Deputy Director of this unit, argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and received a unanimous decision in favor of her client. In 2007, Ms. Jackson was an associate at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, where she was assigned to the Employment Law team.

 

Ms. Jackson has received numerous awards and honors over the last 15 years. She received a Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties in 2005 and a Special Achievement Award from Lakewood NAACP in 2004. She is listed in the Congressional Record by the Honorable Donald M. Payne on February 5, 1998 for professional achievement and in 1998 received the Young Alumnae Achievement Award from Drew University. In 2007 she also received a Professional Lawyer of the Year award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism and the New Jersey Women Lawyer Association and the New Jersey Women Lawyer Association and the Glenn Cunningham Community Service Award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).  Recently, she was named a “Rising Star” in the August 2006-2009 editions of the New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine. Ms. Jackson was also listed in the Best Lawyers publication in 2009.

 

Ms. Jackson is very involved in professional bar related activities and was named Young Lawyer of the Year in 2002 by the New Jersey State Bar Association (hereinafter “NJSBA”) Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of several NJSBA and American Bar Association (hereinafter “ABA”)committees and sections including the NJSBA Entertainment, Sports and Arts Section and the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. Ms. Jackson is also the past president of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey. Ms. Jackson is also the creator of the Run Sister Run program at the Center for American Women in Politics. This program is designed to encourage African American Women to participate in the political arena and is planned in conjunction with the Ready to Run Program which provides training for women who are running for office.  


Ms. Jackson recently became a founding board member for the Academy of Fashion Industry Careers Charter High School affiliated with the LeGuire Institute of Fashion, Inc..


Currently, Ms. Jackson has her own law practice and practices in the areas of employment, entertainment, sports and business law.

 

Professional
Affiliations:

 

New Jersey State Bar Association(member, Past At-Large Trustee, Legislative Committee, Vice-Chair 2008; Election Committee, Vice Chair 2008; Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, Sub-Committee to review compact, Chair of Sub-Committee to Draft Guidelines for Prosecutorial Appointments, Vice Chair South Jersey 2007; Nominating Committee; Long Range Planning Committee Sponsorship Committee; Public Sector and Government Lawyers Section; Labor and Employment Section, Executive Committee; Women in the Profession Section; Minorities in the Profession Section; Past member Young Lawyers Division Executive Board(YLD), Secretary, Chair of YLD Diversity in the Profession Committee; Centennial Committee; General Council Executive Committee Parliamentarian; Diversity Committee, Past Chair; Pipeline Diversity Task Force, Co-Chair); New Jersey State Bar Foundation (member of Board of Trustees 2004-2005, Tolerance Subcommittee, Public Relations Committee, Respect Newsletter Editorial Advisory Board, Co-Sponsorship Oversight Committee); Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns; American Bar Association (member, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section, State and Local Government Law Section, Past Young Lawyer Division Delegate); Middlesex County Bar Association, Ocean County Bar Association.

 
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
 

Andrew Smith, Esq.

 
Andy graduated from Canton High School, Canton, NY in 1993 and attended Rochester Institute of Technology on an ROTC Scholarship. Andy was involved in a variety of activities at RIT, including four years of varsity baseball and an internship with the Rochester District Attorney's office. He received several scholarships and honorary awards while at RIT, and after graduating with honors in 1997, served for four years as an Artillery Officer in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, Andy deployed to overseas locations such as Bosnia and South Korea and rose to the rank of Captain. He was awarded 10 medals for his service, including the Expeditionary Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Andy attended law school at Boston College Law School in 2001, and was involved in a variety of activities, including the Boston College Veteran’s Society, the International Law Society and the Environmental Law Society. He also interned at the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, Metropolitan Correction Center in New York, New York and was a law clerk for the firm of Donoghue Barrett & Signal P.C. in Boston, MA. After law school he clerked for the Honorable Sybil R. Moses, A.J.S.C. in Bergen County, New Jersey before joining the business and commercial litigation department of Gibbons P.C. in 2005. While at Gibbons, Andy was also a part of Gibbons Sports Law practice. Andy left Gibbons in 2009 to start his own firm, Smith + Schwartzstein LLC, with offices in Morristown, New Jersey and New York, New York. At the same time he formed his own sports agency, ABS Sports, which focuses on representation of baseball players.

Andrew focuses his practice on civil litigation and criminal law in New Jersey and in New York. Andy has experience in all aspects of civil litigation and in appellate practice, practicing before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the New Jersey Appellate Division. Andy was recently named to the 2012 Rising Stars list of Super Lawyers Magazine.

Andy has also been active in his community, including serving on the Summit Board of Health, serving as Adjutant General of American Legion Post #322, and being elected Vice Chairman of the Summit Republican City Committee in June of 2008. More recently, Andy ran for Union County Freeholder, and is co-chairman of the Summit Memorial Day Parade.

Education:
Boston College Law School (J.D., 2004)
Rochester Institute of Technology, (B.S., honors, 1997)

Professional Admissions:
State of New Jersey, 2004
State of New York, 2005
United States Supreme Court, 2009
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2009
United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004
United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2008
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2008

Professional Activities:
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey Bar Association, Military Law Section
Member, New York Bar Association
Member, Union County Bar Association
Member, Morris County Bar Association
Member, Summit Bar Association

Published Decisions:
Marshall v. Raritan Valley Disposal, 398 N.J.Super. 168, (App. Div. 2008)

Professional Articles:
"Standing Matters: Marshall v. Raritan Valley Disposal," Law360, with John T. Wolak, July 10, 2009
"Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and Subprime Mortgage Crisis Related Litigation," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, with John T. Wolak, May 2008

Civic Activities:
Board Member, Summit Board of Health
Adjutant General, American Legion Post #322
Member, Cogden-Overlook Lodge
Member, Summit Elks
Vice Chairman, Summit Republican City Committee (June 2008-June 2010

 
Jyi Peterson

Jyi is originally from the northern New Jersey. Upon his relocation to Plainfield, he attended George Bishop Ahr High School in Edison New Jersey, where he advanced both academically as well as athletically. He excelled in football, earning him many athletic honors, awards, achievements, and public recognition. His accomplishments in the classroom and on the football field, were the catalysts for an opportunity to pursue his goal of higher education. Mr. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology minor from Rowan University.

Since graduating from Rowan University, Jyi has dedicated his career to working with juveniles, at risk youth, student athletes, and other young adults in the community. He is a positive role model for many young men and women across the ethnic divide. His educational, professional, and life experiences have provided him with an in depth understanding of young adults, student athletes, ex- offenders, and at risk youth. He is certified in Life Skills training and vocational counseling for adults.

Professionally, Jyi had the privilege of training for football with Olympic Gold Medalist Dennis Mitchell and his track club in Gainesville, Florida as well as others. With this experience he met many professionals and well known athletes and in 2003, he was recruited by the Dallas Cowboys football team. Under the tutelage of Dennis Mitchell, Jyi learned different techniques to assist with maximizing one’s running speed, power, agility and velocity. The combination of athleticism, experience and knowledge makes Jyi able to teach sports specific methods that can assist athletes with Football, Baseball (base running), Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, and Wrestling.

Jyi prides himself in being able to identify with the student and professional athletes by using transferable skills and experience that he possesses to make him one of the most elite professionals in his current field. He is able to adapt well and understand his client’s frustrations and limits, but is not beyond pushing a person to exceed past their limitations. He has proven his abilities and his work is able to stand alone and speak for itself. He is truly qualified and skilled and is able to exhibit it through his mission in maximizing one’s star potential.

 
Damien Jackson

Damien has had a varied and accomplished career in the financial services industry over the past decade. His commitment to his clients and dedication to delivering solutions in the most trying of economic times has created an environment of trust and loyalty among his clients. His experience has taken him from raising capital in private placements for budding companies, bringing them to market, advising on capital restructurings, developing advanced planning strategies to some of the world’s most influential families and now delivering resolutions to complex financial hurdles for families of all walks of life. Damien prides himself in being cognizant of his client’s needs and using the tools at his disposal to ascertain the best possible solutions and outcomes.

Damien is a sum cum laude graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College where he graduated with a double major in International Business and Business Management. He is an active member in the NAACP, Free & Accepted Masons Fraternal Order, and the National Association of Black Financial Professionals. He currently resides in Middlesex County with his wife Kimberlee and their two children.

 
Jiles Ship

Jiles H. Ship started his career in law enforcement in 1985, first serving as an officer on the Edison Police Department, during which time he also served as an Instructor for the Middlesex County Police Academy. He recently served as the Director of Public Safety for the City of Plainfield, New Jersey. As Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Public Safety, he oversaw the Police Division, Fire Division and the Office of Emergency Management, having responsibility for 254 sworn personnel and 51 civilian employees and managing a budget of over $23 million. Prior to that appointment, he served in the State of New Jersey Attorney General's Office - Division of Criminal Justice as the Special Assistant to the Director and as a Supervising State Investigator, Lieutenant State Investigator and Administrator of Investigations.  Following his tenure as Director of Public Safety for the City of Plainfield, Ship returned to the Division of Criminal Justice, where he served as an Administrator of Investigations, in the Medicaid Fraud, Anti-Trust, Special Prosecutions, Fraud and Public Protection Units. Overseeing and directing investigations, including multimillion dollar investigations, conducted by assigned investigative personnel to prepare for prosecution cases involving violations of New Jersey state statutes. 

In addition to his service in the United States Marine Corps, Ship received numerous awards and commendations for his many years of service as a law enforcement officer, as well as for his countless hours of community service. When Ship is not "on the job", he can be found giving back to his community by working closely with civic organizations and public service groups, educational institutions and juvenile justice agencies. He also serves as a governing board member of the New Jersey Regional Community Policing Institute. In recognition of his hard work, Ship received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award from the Township of Edison, New Jersey. He was also honored and awarded by the United States Secret Service, United States Department of Justice, New Jersey State Police Honor Legion, New Jersey General Assembly, College of New Jersey, Edison Township Council and Georgia Association of the Chiefs of Police for his contributions in the field of law and justice. Ship is the current First National Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), he is also a member of the International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and New Jersey Association of Criminal Justice Educators (NJACJE).
Ship is an Adjunct Professor at Bergen Community College and teaches Police Administration and Criminal Justice.

He received his Master of Arts degree from Seton Hall University, College of Education in Administration and Supervision, where he graduated with honors, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. He also gained Certificates in Leadership and Management as well as Human Resources Training and Development. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice.

Ship is also a Certified Community Policing Practitioner (US Department of Justice) and a Certified Police Academy Instructor (State of New Jersey).

Governor McGreevey (2002) and Governor Corzine (2006) selected Ship to serve on their Transition Teams for the Department of Law and Public Safety.

 
Minister Stanya Brandon
 
Stanya Y. Brandon is a 1988 graduate of the University of San Diego.  Since earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Stanya has garnered over 17 years of diverse accounting experience with the State of California.  Through the years, Stanya has come to recognize the value of wholeness in spirit, soul, body and finances.  As a result, she is a current student of the Christian Bible Institute’s Christian Bible Mobile University program, with the objective of earning a doctoral degree in Holistic Health.
Possessing a varied professional background, Stanya has acquired over 20 years of combined administrative, managerial and interpersonal skills.  In addition to her services with the State of California, Stanya invested 3 years as the Principal of Citadel of Faith Christian Academy (1998-2001).  She transitioned into the position of full-time Church Administrator for Greater Faith Church (2001-2004).  Her responsibilities included the supervision of administrative staff and volunteers, oversight of over 20 church ministries, assistant to the pastor, liaison to over 25 pastors and designated leaders for Northern California Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, and a multitude of other tasks.
As an advocate for the development of women, Stanya served as Conference Coordinator for the non-profit organization, Progressive Women of Excellence (1999-2004).  Due to her services with the Progressive Women of Excellence, Stanya branched out to become Project Director for Agape Washington Even Start Program (2002-2003). In this capacity, she aided in the educational and social development of children and parents enrolled in the program. Additionally, she functioned as a liaison with community based organizations, the California State Department of Education, school districts and other non-profit agencies.

Stanya is a minister in her church and has found great fulfillment in volunteering her time in the local church and the greater community.   She recognizes that her ultimate life purpose is to glorify the Most High and to demonstrate His love to mankind.

 
 Alexis Sara Cobb
 

Alexis Sara Cobb, Esq. is a certified NFLPA contract advisor. As the principal founder of ASC Executive Group, LLC, a full service sports agency and marketing firm, based out of Western Pennsylvania, Alexis frequently interacts with NFL teams, NFL players, NFL agents, wholesale distributors, personnel and clients regarding various aspects of the business.  Through her role at ASC Executive Group, she has learned the importance of active listening, relationship-building and effective communication.  These are skills that have been profoundly important in developing a successful sports agent and marketing career.  


Alexis is highly educated and has received training from the most competitive universities that the nation offers. Alexis earned her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Northern University in Professional and Organizational Communications.  As part of Alexis’ degree, she received significant training in sports marketing and sales. The degree also focused on public speaking, managing individuals from diverse backgrounds, time management, facilitating and implementing various objectives successfully. Although the training was rigorous and highly competitive, Alexis was blessed to graduate with the highest grade point average in her major of 4.0. Additionally, Alexis received her Masters Degree in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and she graduated with high honors.  As a graduate student, Alexis studied and researched the varying aspects of cultural literacy.  Additionally, Alexis focused her primary research on sports and the athlete recruitment process. She understood that she had to learn the intricacies of sports agenting to successfully handle her future client’s careers. Furthermore, Alexis earned her Juris Doctor (law degree) from Northwestern University School of Law, where she once again graduated with honors.  At Northwestern University School of Law, Alexis learned the intricacies of researching and effectively conveying relevant legal principles. In fact, at Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, through careful and calculated research, Alexis was personally responsible for finding new evidence to help a wrongfully convicted prisoner be released   after over three decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.  

Additionally, Alexis has drafted thousands of legal memoranda, motions, and contracts for her positions at Nicor Inc., Bell Boyd and Lloyd, LLP, and K & L Gates, LLP.   Furthermore, Alexis has had the opportunity to develop a skill set that has enhanced her career specifically pertaining to drafting contracts and understanding the nuances involved in finding and breaking down the components of an endorsement that enhances and helps to create her client’s brands. She is an intelligent, determined, focused, and  persistent sports agent who will fight for the future of her clients She will embrace you as an individual and will maximize every opportunity to enhance your earning potential. She is driven and wants the opportunity to assist  her clients in making their dreams a reality.

 




Darrell Reid
 
 
Darrell Reid is a former National Football League Player and the founder of the Footz Foundation.  Mr. Reid played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2005-2008, Denver Broncos from 2009-2010.  He is a Super Bowl XLI Champion (2006-2007).

The mission of the Footz Foundation is to educate, empower and inspire youth to believe and achieve, promoting future success through life’s challenges. The foundation has a variety of programs that provide opportunities for leadership development and academic achievement; thereby enabling youth to positively impact their family, school and community.  The Footz Foundation holds several annual events for the next generation, including youth football camps, which strive to teach life lessons.  The foundation has touched thousands of children across 3 states (New Jersey, Indiana, Colorado) and is looking to expand into NY.  It holds an annual football camp, has given away scholarships, had backpack giveaways, many speaking engagements, fundraisers just to name a few. There are also many new programs that are in development including a youth empowerment tour.

Darrell Reid is a natural born leader on and off the field. He feels that he was both privileged and blessed to have made it to the NFL. “I see it as a blessing and it is my responsibility and a duty of mine to reach back and help others because there were so many who reached back and helped me.”  Darrell has spoken to thousands of youth across the country about the importance of not giving up, both in life and on themselves.  Reid says, “Adversity is a part of life and we will all face it, probably many times, that is out of our control; how we respond to it is what we control.”

Darrell was born in Freehold NJ and attended Freehold Boro HS. He was raised in a single parent home, with his grandfather playing the father figure in his life. After losing every game his junior year in HS, Reid led Freehold to a division championship his senior year.  In his senior year he was named captain and despite breaking his hand in the first game and missing 3 games, he earned him All-State First-Team honors at middle linebacker.

After HS Darrell went on to play college football at the University of Minnesota, where he was a four-year starter. He arrived at Minnesota as a linebacker but after redshirting he was switched to defensive tackle in 2001. That year he started as the smallest Defensive tackle in the Big Ten weighing only 235 pounds. Still, he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. He led the team in sacks and tackles for loss both his junior year and senior.  The latter of which he was named All- Big Ten Second Team. It was not all athletics for Reid as he also acquired a degree in Communications and Rhetoric with a minor in Leadership.

Despite his success in college Reid was not drafted and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2005. He became one of the best and most feared coverage men on special teams (See Youtube).  Reid also helped contribute to the Colts historic Super Bowl run of 2006 earning a Super Bowl ring.

 
 
 Rayshawna Fraser

Harlem, New York native Rayshawna Fraser is Founder & President, GLAAM Inc., fashion apparel and Jewelry Company. Fraser began her foray into fashion as an apprentice to luxury boutique owner Rose Cordon at the tender age of 17. This experience exposed her to high-end luxury labels Versace, Prada, Fendi and Gucci to name a few. Gradually she became very well versed of each designer’s cut, look and fit. She honed in on her talent to match designer with clients needs and began styling for celebrities such as Mary J Blige, DMX, and Old Dirty Bastard. Thereafter she began to travel abroad to Italy to source trends and select seasonal collections as an Assistant Buyer to Apollo Express boutique. Her pedigree in fashion developed an ability to spot trends, buy revenue generating collections and evolve a unique sense of personal style.

Fraser has enjoyed many successes including the role of an assistant casting director. She was hired by film director Winsome Sinclair as head of scouting talent for all production assignments. She worked on music video projects, among them are, Mary J. Blige "Let’s Get It Pumpin" and "No More Drama"; Alicia Keys’ "A Woman’s Worth" and "Fallen"; and Yolanda Adams. Her movie credits include, "G" produced by Andrew Lauren starring Blair Underwood; "The 25th Hour" starring Ed Norton and Al Pacino; "Honey" starring Sanai Lathan and Tye Diggs; and "The Fast and the Furious II" directed by John Singleton featuring Tyrese Gibson.

Today, Fraser enjoys her corporate career and now sources manufacturers to produce her many collections GLAAM, GLAAMballa accessories and Savvy Swapz ™. She believes in a holistic approach to business, not only concerned with the bottom line but also her community at-large. She donates her time, talent and treasure to many organizations including, Survival of the Children Foundation, Youth at Risk and DLJ Give to Live. The blend of business and community is at the core of her company’s business model which is summed up by its’ acronym, GLAAM, God Loves All And Me.

 

Marco Hall

 Cutting edge designer Marco Hall’s roots may have been in New Jersey but he is, now, firmly planted on the forefront of New York City Fashion. Hall has been inspired by clothing from a young age and that inspiration led him to educate himself on everything “Fashion”. The making of Patterns, the nuances of Fabric, the mixing of Colors and the feel of Texture were studied in depth. This self-taught designer is keeping a sharp eye on not just the styles of the day or trends of the future but also on the evolution of style , it has given him a unique perspective into the art of design. Marco’s sheer passion and respect for his craft has elevated him to the level of a true Couture Fashion Artist.

Hall’s intuitive understanding of a woman’s silhouette is shown through his meticulous draping of fabric on the female form and his menswear is just as detailed. Inspired by  music, art, the vibes of life and most importantly the energetic spirit of those around him. His design sensibility moves him to design for everyone especially those that dare to express their individuality through Fashion.  Marco’s motto is: “There’s nothing greater than being yourself and loving you, Individuality Rules!”

Marco Hall Designs have walked the runways of NYC Fashion Week and crossed the ocean to the Red Carpet at Cannes. His pieces have graced the big screen in “Sex and the City, the Movie” and “For Colored Girls…” and the small screen on Bravo’s “Fashion Hunters”, VH1 “La La Full Court Life”, NBC’s “Kath & Kim” in addition to Bravo’s “Make me a Supermodel”. The Covers of Superior,Vibe Vixen, Kitten, Swag and the pages of RougeVogue, Zink, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Paris Vogue, Smooth, Ebony, Rouge Paris and Virgore! have all displayed his styles. He has been used in several product line campaigns such as the Vivica A. Fox Hair care product line. Marco has dressed and designed for music royalty Natalie Cole, gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas, Ali Lohan, acclaimed playwright N’tozake Shange, Patricia Field, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Kim Catrell, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Lauren Hill, Sara Dash from the Group LaBelle and his muse, Andre’ J.. With great honor and pride Marco has also been added to the curriculum for a class at F.I.T(fashion institute of technology) in 2013- 14

The feeling one gets when enveloped in one of Marco’s designs is as if it was made only for them, capturing their very own essence – it’s an unmistakable gift, from Hall himself, to us all…

 

 

 

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