also known as Liz Surette
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.
Entertainment, Sotware, and Internet Law
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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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Presidential Scholar||University of New Hampshire||2007|
|Phi Beta Kappa||University of New Hampshire||2007|
|Attorney (Games, Music, Software, Digital Content)||Solo Law Practice||2011 - Present|
|Student Attorney||Greater Boston Legal Services||2010 - 2010|
|Legal Intern||Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts||2009 - 2009|
|Student Attorney||New England School Of Law Clinical Law Office||2008 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Boston Bar Association||Solo and Small Firm Section Committee||2013 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Volunteer Lawyers Project||N/A||2013 - Present|
|International Game Developers' Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|New England School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of New Hampshire||Sociology||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude||2007|