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Patricia Lawrence-Kolaras

Patricia Lawrence-Kolaras

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Contracts & Agreements, Business, Entertainment, Licensing

About Me

Patricia Lawrence Kolaras Esq. is President and Founder of The PLK
Law Group, P.C where she specializes in intellectual property law
including trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets,
trademark dilution and domain name disputes.  In addition, she focuses
on all aspects of transactional law in the area of entertainment and
sports law, small business and corporate law, as well as contract law
including drafting, negotiating and otherwise transacting and enforcing
contract deals.


 


Under Kolaras’ direction, The PLK Law Group is recognized for
transacting business related deals including, partnership, operating
and joint venture agreements, artist recording contracts, production
deals, TV, movie and radio station deals, QVC and other shopping
network deals, publishing agreements, NBA Basketball Players’ agency,
merchandising and marketing agreements along with procuring and
otherwise protecting its clients’ intellectual property rights.


 


Over the years, the expertise in transactional and intellectual
property law has resulted in The PLK Law Group representing record and
sports companies, radio personalities, authors, executives, 4x Olympian
Joetta Clark Diggs, cast member of NBC’s Thirty Roc Show, Mr. Tod’s Pie
Factory of ABC’s Shark Tank Realty Show, a Beverly Hills celebrity
cosmetic dental practice, Tamara Jacobs, a communications expert as
well as other businesses specializing in athletic apparel and specialty
goods, such as The Rum Cake Fairy Dessert Company®, LLC, the home of
Oprah’s favorite Rum Cake, and Divine Diamonds Inc., the originator of
the famed “Ah Ring ®”, the popular right hand pinky ring worn by Terry
Hatcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tyra Banks, Eve, Anne Hathaway and many other
celebrities.


 


While pursuing a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Seton Hall University
School of Law, Kolaras interned in the legal department at “The RCA
Records Label”, a Unit of BMG Entertainment in New York.  She soon
thereafter joined BMG Entertainment Corporate, Business & Legal
Affairs and the Copyright Department.  During the 10 years of working
at a major record company, she honed her transactional skills in both
contracts and intellectual property matters as related to the
exploitation of recording and other creative performances.


 


In 2005, Kolaras left the corporate entertainment industry to start
her own full-service law practice, The PLK Law Group.  The firm’s focus
is to protect, educate and ultimately grow its clients’ business.  The
PLK Law Group’s mission is to educate clients about the legal impact of
their business practices.  As such, this unique combination of legal
expertise and entrepreneurial savvy has led to closing million-dollar
client deals.


 


In 2007, Kolaras was named President and General Counsel to the Rum
Cake Fairy Dessert Company, LLC.  In less than a year, she secured the
company’s intellectual property assets and negotiated lucrative
contracts which grew the company to national recognition.  In light of
this partnership, Kolaras was recognized by “Count Me In,” an
organization featured on NBC’s Today Show for their commitment in
identifying successful companies.


 


Kolaras is the recipient of several awards and is known as a popular
legal expert. In that capacity, Kolaras has published an article for
Commerce Magazine addressing the impact of digital downloading in the
music industry, served on numerous legal panels and authored various
articles on the importance of bringing value to clients businesses by
strengthening their brand value. Kolaras also delivered keynotes for
various executive women based organizations such as WEXNET and NJAWBO,
and is also a member of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).
In addition, Kolaras has appeared on several television and radio
programs including MSNBC’s “Your Business,” BET’s “Top 5,” NBC’s “The
Today Show,” Miami’s “Own Your Power”  radio show and the nationally
syndicated radio program, “The Wendy Williams Experience,” all of which
featured Kolaras’ involvement in protecting the future of her clients’
businesses.


 


Kolaras, a Chicago native, is a graduate of Spelman College and
Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the
State of New Jersey, the New Jersey State Supreme Court and the United
States District Court of New Jersey.  Kolaras is a member of the New
Jersey State Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law
Association (AIPLA), Association of Successful Women Trail Lawyers and
the American Bar Association section of Intellectual Property Law. 
While in law school, Kolaras authored a legal article addressing
Trademark Registration for Voice Sounds: Inadequate Protection for
Singers’ Distinct Voices in Sound Recordings

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Licensing: 20%
    17 years
  2. Entertainment: 20%
    17 years
  3. Business: 20%
    17 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    17 years
  5. Intellectual Property: 20%
    17 years

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Contact Info

284 US Rte 206
Bldg. E, Suite 10
Hillsborough, NJ, 088440000

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive200405/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Recognized on NBCCount Me InN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorSeton Hall University School of Law2011 - Present
PresidentThe PLK Law Group2005 - Present
In-House CounselSony BMG Entertainment1997 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York Women In TV and Film (NYWITFN/AN/A
Women Who CareN/AN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New Jersey State Supreme CourtN/AN/A
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyN/AN/A
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationN/AN/A
Association of Successful Women Trial LawyersN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law SectionN/AN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Commerce MagazineThe Internet & Digital Downloading Are Changing the Music IndustryN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate2000