Term: April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2019

Mark Avsec


A resident of Cleveland, Mark Avsec is a partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, and a GRAMMY-nominated musician.


A copyright, trademark, and media lawyer by trade, and a litigator and business attorney, Mr. Avsec focuses his practice on “old” and “new” media issues, consumer products, technotainment (including music and other entertainment-related technology licensing matters), and general mobile commerce. Mr. Avsec provides general legal support to various types of museums, technology and software companies, consumer products companies, and media, music, film, creative content, and content distribution companies.

Mr. Avsec is an American Music Award winner and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. He was a member of Wild Cherry and is the founding member of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. As keyboardist for Wild Cherry, Donnie Iris, Breathless, and Mason Ruffner, Mr. Avsec performed in concert with, among others, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Average White Band, Loverboy, Bon Jovi, Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, The Commodores, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Isley Brothers, George Benson, Chuck Mangione, Journey, Brothers Johnson, Chaka Kahn and Rufus, Natalie Cole, among others. He has performed on many television shows, including The Grammy Awards, Midnight Special, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Merv Griffin Show, and The Dinah Shore Show.