Partner at the New York-based Proskauer Rose LLP law firm, where he represents many of the world's leading recording artists, songwriters, record producers, music publishers and record companies in litigation, as well as a counselor and strategic advisor. Mr. Ortner also serves as National Legal Counsel to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (the Grammy Award organization). Previously, Mr. Ortner served as an Aide to Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City, and as an Assistant to United States Attorney Whitney North Seymour, Jr. in the Southern District of New York. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the MMRF, Mr. Ortner was a member of the Board of Trustees of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research, and currently serves as the President of the Kanye West Foundation, an organization dedicated to using music education to combat the drop out problem faced by inner city schools. Along with his two children, Mr. Ortner established the Jane Ortner Multiple Myeloma Research Fellowship at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. Mr. Ortner received his bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.