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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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 55%
    12 years, 8 cases
  2. Entertainment: 20%
    12 years, 20 cases
  3. Intellectual Property: 15%
    12 years, 8 cases
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 10%



Hourly ($350-450/hour), contingent (25-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Cotman IP Law Group

117 E. Colorado Boulevard.
Suite. 460
Pasadena, CA, 91105


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200711/07/2015
NYCurrently registered 200403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
California Connections FellowSouthern California Leadership Network2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselCotman IP Law Group2014 - Present
AttorneyMcWilliams Law + Literary2013 - 2014
PartnerAdli Law Group, P.C.2011 - 2013
Of CounselMolden, Holley & Thompson LLC2010 - 2011
AssociateFish & Richardson P.C.2006 - 2010
AssociateFitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto2001 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
John M. Langston Bar Association of Los AngelesChair, Intellectual Property Section2013 - 2014
Gate City Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A2006 - Present
National Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers AssociationN/A2002 - Present
New York Intellectual Property Law AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Verint Systems, Inc. v. Nice Systems, Inc.Jury finding of infringement by Defendants
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Atlanta Professional MagazineWhat is Intellectual Property2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2003
Morehouse CollegeChemistryBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Black Inventors ConferenceMonetizing Your Intellectual Property2011
AdultCon Los AngelesGenerating Revenue from Intellectual Property in the Adult Entertainment Business2011