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Cheryl Hodgson offers a unique combination of legal expertise and practical business experience based upon years of experience in the music industry at a    manager, agent, and music publisher.   Expert in litigation of matters pertaining to contractual disputes, artist rights, trademarks, copyrights, Cheryl uses her courtroom expertise not only as a litigator but as a mediator in cases involving trademarks copyrights and entertainment related matters.  Years in the courtroom provide her clients with strong advocacy for in business transactions, calculated to seal the deal, while minimizing future risks.


Hodgson has been certified for arbitration and mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes and Advanced Workshops for the Uniform Resolution of Domain Disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She is licensed in California, New York, and Tennessee and has served as Professor of Music Law at Loyola University School of Law.

Cheryl Hodgson is the founder of Hodgson Legal and an entrepreneur in her own right, founding the successful online publication, focused on providing brand owners with expert insights and advice in brand building.  She is the author of the book Brandaide and has been a featured speaker in many professional groups including the California Copyright Conference, eMarketing Association, the ABA Sports & Entertainment Forum, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.   Cheryl is a certified yoga instructor and practitioner.


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 25%
    30 years, 20 cases
  2. Trademark Application: 25%
    25 years, 350 cases
  3. Trademark Infringement: 20%
    39 years, 20 cases
  4. Business: 15%
    30 years, 75 cases
  5. Copyright Infringement: 15%
    39 years, 25 cases

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  • Michael Roy Morris

    I heartily endorse Cheryl for her trademark expertise.


    Michael Morris Entertainment Attorney
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  • Lawrence Jeremiah Zerner

    Cheryl is an expert lawyer on trademarks and brand protection. If you need to protect your brand, hiring Cheryl will ensure that everything is done correctly and at a reasonable price. A truly wonderful lawyer.


    Lawrence Zerner Copyright Infringement Attorney
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Contact info

Hodgson Legal

100 Wilshire Blvd Ste 940
Santa Monica, CA, 90401-1145


NYCurrently registered 199503/13/2015
ORResigned 197811/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top 100 Los Angeles AttorneysLos Angeles Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderBRANDAIDE2008 - Present
FounderCanto Novo Music2004 - Present
FounderHodgson Legal1985 - Present
General CounselProbstein Weiner & Hodgson2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Loyola University School of LawFormer Professor of Music Law2008 - 2008
International Trademark Association (INTA)Member2004 - Present
ProvisorsMember, Entertainment Group2003 - Present
California Copyright ConferencePast President and Board Member2002 - Present
Los Angeles Copyright SocietyMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaIntellectual Property Section Member1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
SST Records v. Rollins, CV 13-5579 DDPFavorable out of court settlement
Lopez Entertainment Group v. TelemundoFavorable out of court settlement
Lac Belle Amie Vineyard & Winery, LLC v. Calcareous Vineyards, LLCCase settled out of court
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Santa MonicaSpiritual PsychologyMA - Masters2013
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Louisiana Tech UniversityEnglish and BusinessBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
And the Brand Played OnBranded Entertainment2015
Royalty DivideDividing copyrights in Divorce2014
Protecting & Sustaining the Wine BrandTrademarks for Wineries2014