Long-time SISO General Counsel Henry Schaffer Passes Away

March 4, 2019

The Society of Independent Show Organizers’ long-time general counsel Henry Schaffer. passed away March 1 after a lengthy disease with Alzheimer’s.

He leaves his wife Barbara, daughters - Emily (Deiwson Nogueira Araujo) Schaffer, Katherine (David Bamman) Schaffer, and four grandchildren Ruby, Sam, Theo, and Leo.

Henry served as SISO Legal Counsel from the 1990’s through his retirement in October of 2014. 

“Henry served SISO for most of its existence and was a valued member of its leadership. His knowledge and expertise of our industry was vast,” said David Audrain, SISO executive director.

He added, “The SISO Membership extends its sincere condolences to his family.”
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Henry previously was counsel to the law firm of Jenner & Block, LLP with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

He graduated from University of California at Berkeley, where he received his J.D. degree in 1973, and concentrated his practice on the general representation of not-for-profit, tax-exempt organizations with a particular emphasis on the activities of such organizations in the meetings, trade shows, hospitality and travel areas.

During his diverse legal career that spanned several decades, Henry represented numerous top-tier business clients on healthcare, antitrust, and professional association matters in both Toledo and Chicago. 

A one-time college professor, Henry also taught at the University of Toledo College of Law during the 1980s, serving as a Co-director of that institution’s Civil Law Clinic.

Henry represented clients in the sale and purchase of both large and small trade shows.  In addition, he was extensively involved in negotiating and litigating matters involving copyright law and licensing agreements for clients with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, the leading performing rights organizations. 

 

 

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