JEFFREY WELSH PERFORMING. PHOTO CREDIT: ANTONIO JAVINIAR
“Cannabis helps me think outside of the box,” shares Vicente Sederberg’s Jefferey Welsh, a notion that comes into play when he’s creating music, and we imagine it applies to problem solving in the ever evolving cannabis industry where regulations change with regularity and targets are always moving.
A partner at Vicente Sederberg LLP (VS), Jeffrey focuses his practice on advising companies, brands, entertainment and media properties, other law firms, and investors on how to navigate the California cannabis marketplace. Prior to joining VS, Jeffrey worked in Corporate Business Affairs at the largest talent agency in the world, William Morris Endeavor, now WME | IMG, while simultaneously continuing to work in the legal cannabis industry. His network is extensive, and he works with tastemakers from both entertainment and cannabis.
By navigating this unique path, Jeffrey is sensitive to specific legal issues involved in entertainment and cannabis coming together, such as intellectual property, endorsements, licensing, criminal and civil liability and other business and other legal considerations. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford, a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. Recognized as a thought leader in the cannabis and entertainment communities, Jeffrey frequently speaks at cannabis industry events throughout Southern California….and you may even see him performing on his saxophone at an upcoming event!
Inspired by his work, we asked Jeffrey a few questions about his two favorite passions.
SD: When did music first capture your attention?
JW: My first music memory was running around the living room of the house I grew up in playing air saxophone to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen songs — my parents still have the home footage. There was something about the sonic nature of saxophone that immediately captured my attention and interest. My grandmother really wanted me to play clarinet, but I had zero interest in any instrument other than the sax, which I was able to begin playing in fourth grade. For whatever reason, it came naturally to me. I practiced hard and quickly excelled. By the time I was in high school, I was involved in every music activity possible: concert band, jazz band, marching band, drama guild, and even chorus!
I had my sights set on becoming the most successful touring and recording saxophonist in the world, so majoring in music at college was the next natural step. I went to The Hartt School of Music, a music conservatory within the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. From there, I moved to Los Angeles to get involved in the recording and studio scene here, while getting my Masters in saxophone at the University of Southern California. It was at USC where I realized my skill-set might be best served on the business side of the music industry (coupled with the realization that the life of a touring and recording musician wasn’t what I thought it was going to be), and I decided to head to Pepperdine for law school to become an entertainment lawyer. That’s where my cannabis and electronic music production/ performance journey begins.
Published: July 23, 2021
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