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Like the all-purpose family doctor of old, I have a "family lawyer" general practice, offering big city representation from a small town, community-based perspective.

   I provide legal services to individuals and businesses with focus on (1) entertainment law, (2) residential real estate transactions, (3) small business advising, (4) landlord-tenant law, and (5) criminal defense.

   Having spent 30+ years in the entertainment business, I offer a firsthand understanding of, and pragmatic solutions to, the situations of my creative clients. Services include advising on contracts, copyright, trademarks, litigation and licensing.

   For people buying or selling a home, I offer personal service and quick response throughout the purchase and sale process. Your closing is handled personally by me.

   For businesses, I assist in formation of entities, legal compliance, contract review, leasing, trademarks, and, when necessary, litigation.

   For housing, I represent tenants or landlords in disputes. If you have an issue with a security deposit, I may be able to assist.

   I also devote part of my time to criminal defense for indigent clients. The right to effective counsel is a fundamental Constitutional right and a vital part of the procedural checks and balances on government power. In Massachusetts, these services are provided by private attorneys through the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

   From my office in the arts mecca of Northampton, I assist an international clientele. This small town in Western Massachusetts has a long history as a center of creative activity in all the arts.


Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 35%
    14 years
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    13 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 13%
    12 years
  4. Business: 10%
    13 years
  5. Other: 12%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Marissa Leigh Elkins

    Attorney Irvine is dedicated, thorough, and a thoughtful counselor and litigator. I happily refer clients to him when issues arise out of my practice areas and he is always happy to help and does a great job.


    Marissa Elkins Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Mikal M. Weiss

    I have known Peter for a number of years. He is a dedicated entertainment and IP lawyer with litigation experience. I have no reservation endorsing him. Mikal Weiss


    Mikal Weiss Business Attorney
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Contact info

76 King St
Northampton, MA, 01060


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Peter Irvine2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hampshire County Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Massachusetts Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsN/A2003 - Present
NARASN/A2003 - Present
Oregon State BarN/A2002 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Landlord-Tenant DisputeTenant prevailed on all counts and was awarded treble damages and attorneys fees.
OUI defenseNot Guilty on all counts
Copyright InfringementFavorable settlement reached.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Oregon IP NewsletterMultijurisdictional PracticeN/A
Oregon IP NewsletterThis Land Belongs to All of Us: JibJab controversy puts Woody Guthrie song on edge of public domainN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Amherst CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Copyright for video studentsCopyright Law2014
Mini Law School for Small BusinessTrademark Basics for Small Businesses2013
Creative EconomyIntellectual Property: How to protect inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in business and arts.2012
First Time Homebuyer's WorkshopFirst Time Homebuyer's Workshop2011
Protecting Your Ideas and Prospering in ArtsArts and Entertainment, Copyright2010
First Time Homebuyer WorkshopFirst Time Homebuyer Workshop2010
Protecting Your Ideas and ProsperingProtecting Your Ideas and Prospering2009
Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons in Community MediaCopyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons in Community Media2009