Rasheed McWilliams focuses his practice on all aspects of complex civil litigation, entertainment and new media transactions, and intellectual property counseling, enforcement and licensing. Rasheed has represented clients in state and federal courts in a variety of disputes and combines his legal knowledge and business insight to provide optimal solutions to the business and legal problems of his clients.
Rasheed practiced for over 10 years at law firms, including intellectual property powerhouses Fish & Richardson P.C. and Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. Rasheed has successfully represented large, multi-national corporations in complex copyright, patent and trademark litigations before U.S. District Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Rasheed has also successfully represented content providers in the book publishing, broadcast and satellite radio, film and television, and music industries.
Rasheed is also the owner of the McWilliams Literary Agency and an affiliated agent of the Kneerim, Williams & Bloom Agency where he counsels both established and upcoming authors in the book publishing industry. His successes include selling the dramatic and publishing rights to author Mara Shalhoup's initial non-fiction offering, "BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family" and the publishing rights to author/actor Michael Boatman's "Last God Standing" and "Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness?"
Areas of Practice
Patent litigation, Trademark Litigation, Copyright Litigation, patent, trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution and portfolio management, content acquisition and divestment in the entertainment industry, including book publishing, film and television, and music.
Licensed since 2004
Hourly ($350-450/hour), Contingent (25-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (15 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2007||08/22/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|California Connections Fellow||Southern California Leadership Network||2012|
|Of Counsel||Cotman IP Law Group||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||McWilliams Law + Literary||2013 - 2014|
|Partner||Adli Law Group, P.C.||2011 - 2013|
|Of Counsel||Molden, Holley & Thompson LLC||2010 - 2011|
|Associate||Fish & Richardson P.C.||2006 - 2010|
|Associate||Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto||2001 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles||Chair, Intellectual Property Section||2013 - 2014|
|Gate City Bar Association||N/A||2006 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||N/A||2006 - Present|
|National Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|American Intellectual Property Law Association||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association||N/A||2002 - Present|
|New York Intellectual Property Law Association||N/A||2002 - Present|
|New York University School of Law||N/A||J.D.||2003|
|Morehouse College||Chemistry||BS - Bachelor of Science||1999|
|Chicago Black Inventors Conference||Monetizing Your Intellectual Property||2011|
|AdultCon Los Angeles||Generating Revenue from Intellectual Property in the Adult Entertainment Business||2011|