October 24, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — Louis Tertocha, a highly respected attorney at law whose career spanned a successful private practice to serving as general counsel for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, was a lecturer, mentor, colleague and friend to many in the University of Miami Frost School of Music and the University of Miami School of Law.
Louis Tertocha was born September 23, 1954 in the state of Illinois and passed away in Miami on Friday, October 11 after a brave battle against Leukemia. He was 59. A private memorial service was held on Monday, October 14 to celebrate his life.
Louis Tertocha was an adjunct lecturer in the Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His primary professional role was as general counsel for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, where he was responsible for legal advice and representation involving all matters pertaining to the Center including supervising the negotiation of contracts, procurement, claims resolution, advocacy support, regulatory affairs, and the full range of legal policies. Prior to joining the Arsht Center, Tertocha owned a private practice which provided transaction and litigation services to a diverse array of entertainment, corporate and insurance clients on a national basis. For the various entertainment entities which he represented, Tertocha provided legal representation concerning talent, performance, venue, licensing, recording, publishing, and motion picture transactions. Tertocha earned a juris doctorate from University of Detroit Law School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Oakland University. He was a former chair of the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section, a member of the advisory committee to the Entertainment Law Initiative of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and was on the Board of Directors of the Miami Music Authority.
In honor of Louis, the organizers of the North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Conference have renamed their scholarship to the “The Akerman Senterfitt Louis Tertocha Scholarship.”
Serona Elton, associate professor and chair of the Department of Music Media and Industry at the University of Miami Frost School of Music offered her condolences to friends and family, “Louis touched the lives of so many people within the UM community. His students adored him, and his colleagues respected him and were inspired by his enthusiasm for teaching and entertainment law. He was a very close personal friend of mine, apart from working together at UM and on the Florida Bar EASL Executive Council, and I miss him terribly. Like all of his friends and colleagues, I feel that my life has been enriched because I knew Louis Tertocha.”
Louis Tertocha is survived by the love of his life and life partner Maribel Biamon as well as his mother, Joan Bird and his younger brother Roger Tertocha.
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