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Elizabeth Surette

Elizabeth Surette

also known as Liz Surette

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Business, Wills & Living Wills, Litigation

About Me

I am a Massachusetts-licensed attorney dedicated to defending the right to freedom of expression and serving clients in the video game, music, software, digital content, and other creative industries--developers, publishers, etc. What makes me different from other lawyers? When you work with me, I will (with your permission) plug your game, music, program or business, watch your videos, read your website, and take a genuine interest in your endeavor for its own sake. And don't be surprised if I show up at your concert or visit your booth at PAX East! As a lifelong enthusiast of video games, music, software, and all other media, I will pursue the advancement of my clients' needs with energetic devotion and a fiery zeal that no other attorney could ever hope to match. I want to see my creative clients succeed because I am an active participant in and consumer of their mediums.


 


 have a well-rounded education in entertainment law in general. This includes but is not limited to copyright and trademarks (registration, licensing, etc), and writing contracts along with negotiation of their material terms. Because my main passions are tech, music and gaming, a client in any artistic or digital content medium will find me especially empathetic and enthusiastic in helping them reach their goals. I also offer estate-planning and business services, because I understand the intricacies of the relationship between a client's business and their personal life.

Though transactional law is my main area of interest, I am also well-trained in litigation and all manner of practical skills including oral advocacy (trial and appellate), negotiation, trial practice and preparation, client-centered lawyering, and written advocacy. I have tried a full case before a MA Probate and Family Court, and have successfully argued motions, performed discovery, and counseled clients in civil matters. 

Throughout law school, I developed a deep understanding of and expertise in advanced Constitutional law. This is especially true of the First Amendment, as I decided at a very young age that I wanted to spend my life protecting ideas and expression from censorship. Samples of my writing on the subject can be found at www.GamesLaw.net.

Specialties: 
Intellectual Property
Contracts
Entertainment, Sotware, and Internet Law
Business Formation
First Amendment
Wills

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Intellectual Property: 45%
    4 years
  2. Entertainment: 35%
    4 years
  3. Business: 10%
    3 years
  4. Litigation: 5%
    5 years
  5. Wills & Living Wills: 5%

Payment

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Daniel Crocker

    Liz is driven to see that her clients succeed because she both is good at what she does and believes in what they do. Also, she is the only lawyer I have met that I would say is maybe even more of a gamer than I am.

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    Daniel Crocker Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Daniel Gary Rosenthal

    Liz is an excellent lawyer, offering insightful legal analysis on a wide array of issues, including intellectual property. Her commentary and analysis of topical Supreme Court decisions was directly responsible for the success of GamesLaw, the legal blog Liz wrote for.

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    Daniel Rosenthal Gaming Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

1334 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA, 02134

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive201004/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Presidential ScholarUniversity of New Hampshire2007
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of New Hampshire2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney (Games, Music, Software, Digital Content)Solo Law Practice2011 - Present
Student AttorneyGreater Boston Legal Services2010 - 2010
Legal InternVolunteer Lawyers For The Arts2009 - 2009
Student AttorneyNew England School Of Law Clinical Law Office2008 - 2008

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Boston Bar AssociationSolo and Small Firm Section Committee2013 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Volunteer Lawyers ProjectN/A2013 - Present
International Game Developers' AssociationN/A2011 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
GamePolitics.comA Legal Analysis of Brown v. EMA2011

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawIP, First Amendment, LitigationJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of New HampshireSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude2007

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Boston Indies meetupLegal Issues in Independent Game Development2014
UMass Boston Music Class PresentationMusic Law Basics2012