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Elizabeth Surette

Intellectual property Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Liz Surette


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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    45%
    Copyright and Trademark, transfers, licenses, work-for-hire

    12 years

  2. Entertainment
    35%
    Video games, music, software, arts

    12 years

  3. Business
    10%

    11 years

  4. Litigation
    5%

    13 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%
    Wills, Health Care Proxies, Durable Power of Attorney, Advance Directives

I am a Massachusetts-licensed attorney dedicated to serving the video game, software, multimedia and entertainment industries--developers, publishers, etc. As the founder of Overclocked Legal and a lifelong enthusiast of software, video games, music, and media, I will pursue the advancement of my clients' needs with energetic dedication which springs from a genuine interest in my clients' products and success. Those are my main areas of interest and I also 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 creative or digital content medium will find me especially enthusiastic in helping them reach their goals. I also offer  business services.

 

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 school, I developed a deep understanding of and affinity for 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 .

 

When not providing outstanding client service, I enjoy gaming, heavy metal, music theory, and guitar-playing that gets less and less passable every year.

 

Concentrations: 

Intellectual Property

Contracts

Entertainment

Software

Business Formation

First Amendment

Wills

 

Also:

Landlord/Tenant

Litigation

Licensed for 12 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Elizabeth

Overclocked Legal
198 Tremont St.
#450
Boston, MA, 02116

Reviews

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Posted by Justin | July 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely thorough, excellent communicator
Liz reviewed the operating agreement for my game development start-up and provided excellent advice. She caught several errors and pointed out a number of subtle issues I - and my partner's lawyers - had missed. I was deeply impressed with her capacity for clearly communicating complicated topics, and would strongly recommend her to anyone starting a game company.
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Response from Elizabeth Surette August 9, 2016
Thank you very much! It was great working with you too and I can't wait to see your future games.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2015
Knowledgeable in Video Game Industry matters, professional and detailed
I've met Liz at several game development community events and I worked with a client of hers whose well written contractor agreements I have seen firsthand. When I needed specialized legal advice on a game publishing contract that my general practice attorney was not able to provide, I reached out to Liz for help. She provided a detailed assessment of the situation, the risks involved and our options to proceed in the matter.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2014
Professional and thorough
I am a freelance digital artist and first met Liz at community events--she is very friendly and courteous. I remembered her when I wanted to hire a lawyer to help me draft a contract for a new project/client. She told me clearly from the outset the price for the type and quantity of work, and she stuck to it. I was out of town at the time and she was able to work with me long distance. Her feedback on the contract was analytical and clear, exactly what I needed. And the price was reasonable. I would definitely recommend Ms. Surette.
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Posted by Dan | May 12, 2014
Thoughtful Advice and Clear Communication
Liz gave me valuable advice on managing trademarks and forming an LLC, and when I needed to start hiring contractors she put together clear paperwork and documentation. I'll definitely be working with her as I move my projects forward.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2013
Couldn’t Ask for More
Liz Surette has provided invaluable legal advice and written all contracts and agreements for my game development start-up. She thoroughly explained everything and guided me through the various legal steps involved with starting a small business, including partnership agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and work made for hire agreements. Her advice on intellectual property has proven instrumental to my business. Liz is very knowledgeable about video game law, music law, and just about all intellectual property. I couldn't ask for a better lawyer.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Founder
  • Overclocked Legal
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney (Games, Music, Software, Digital Content)
  • Solo Law Practice
  • 2011 - 2015
  • 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
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Education

  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of New Hampshire
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude
  • 2007

Associations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Solo and Small Firm Section Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • 2013 - Present
  • International Game Developers' Association
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of New Hampshire
  • 2007
  • Presidential Scholar
  • University of New Hampshire
  • 2007

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • PAX East 2016
  • Legal Issues In Gaming
  • 2016
  • UMass Boston Music Class Presentation
  • Music Law Basics
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Elizabeth
Entertainment Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Liz is driven to see that her clients succeed because she both is good at what she does and believes in what they do. Also, she is the only lawyer I have met that I would say is maybe even more of a gamer than I am."
Intellectual property Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Intellectual property