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Leon David Bass

Intellectual property Attorney at Columbus, OH

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Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    One of the most important, yet often overlooked factors toward success in many businesses is the protection of intellectual property. From a company logo or a product name to a slogan or trade secret we provide valuable information and services regarding the protection, use, and registration of your copyrights, trademarks, service marks, and other intellectual property. We assist in protecting your valuable assets as well as litigation. For more information, please see

    24 years

  2. Entertainment
    Leon Bass has more than 20 years of music industry experience. He has provided substantial counsel as an attorney and manager to musicians, bands, record labels, concert promoters and clubs, music distributors and publishers, managers, agents, producers, production companies, event promoters, bars, models, filmmakers, artists, writers, actors, designers, screenwriters, comedians, recording studios, athletes, non-profit entertainment groups and more. More info at

    24 years

  3. Business
    We can guide you through the mazes accompanying the formation of your new business, the dissolution of your old business, acquiring or selling businesses or business assets, restructuring, equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit companies, employment issues, agreements, acquisition or sale of real and personal property, asset protection, business litigation, and many other business transactions or issues. For more information please see

    24 years

  4. Contracts and agreements
    Leon Bass has significant experience in drafting most types of business agreements, including, asset purchase, employment, sales, joint venture, confidentiality and non-disclosure, trade secret, non-compete, buy-sell, close corporation, stock purchase, service agreements, releases, computer and Web site design and service, management agreements, rental and lease, intellectual property license and transfer agreements, , LLC operating agreements, equipment lease agreements, and much more.

    24 years

  5. Real estate
    Whether you are purchasing a multi-million dollar commercial property, buying a new house, or investing in a residential or commercial project, we have been there and can assist you. We can assist with purchase agreements, financing, leases, evictions, closings, property management issues, and property disputes.

    24 years

Through nineteen year of practice, Leon has built a robust reputation locally and nationally for his legal counsel in trademark, copyright, trade secret, entertainment, sponsorship and sweepstakes law, as well as litigation in those arenas.  Leon Bass has also served as Adjunct Professor at Otterbein University, teaching a law class that focuses on copyright, trademark, and business law in the context of the music and entertainment industries. He regularly practices in the United States Patent and Trademark office. 


Leon has built a unique practice that blends a traditional corporate intellectual property law practice with an entertainment practice that serves the needs of fortune 500 companies to small local entities, as well as the unique needs of entertainment entities, concert promoters, festivals, film producers, authors, artists, record labels, and musicians.  Leon has a proven track record of managing and counseling on copyright, trademark and other IP issues, litigating IP and entertainment law disputes, and drafting and negotiating contracts in the IP and entertainment space, including licensing, recording and publishing, music venue, festival and concert, and manager and agent agreements. 


Lee Bass, formerly Of Counsel to Chester Willcox & Saxbe and chair of the firm’s IP, Entertainment & Sports Law practice, is now Of Counsel to the successor firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, a large law firm of over 400 attorneys focusing the Midwest. 


A musician himself, Leon is a member of the Columbus band, Grassinine, who regularly performs at local charity functions.  He is also the co-founder of the annual “Music in the Round” event which benefits the Marafiki Aids Orphanage in Kenya as well as other charities.



৩ Ohio (1998)

৩ US Virgin Islands (2009)



৩ Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2010, 2011 (Cincinnati Magazine)

৩ Ranked as "Excellent" by AVVO

৩ Editor, “Making It” by Matthew Crumpton, Esq. and Tristan Kinsley (book on music industry)


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Licensed for 24 years
State VI
Status Authorized to practice law
Acquired 2009
Updated 06/06/2017
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 02/01/2023

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

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Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP
65 E. State St.
Ste 1000
Columbus, OH, 43215
Leon David Bass
111 East Wacker
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL, 60601
Leon David Bass
425 Walnut Street
Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Leon David Bass
200 Public Square
Suite 3500
Cleveland, OH, 44114
Leon David Bass
One Indiana Square
Suite 3500
Indianapolis, IN, 46204
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Work Experience

  • Attorney, Of Counsel
  • Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Otterbein University
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Of Counsel
  • Chester Willcox & Saxbe, LLP
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Attorney, Of Counsel
  • Rich Crites & Dittmer, LLP
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • Rhino Records, Legal and Business Affairs
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Famous Music Publishing Company, Legal Affairs
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • Ohio Attorney General
  • 1996 - 1997
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  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Represented large Craft Brewrey in Trademark case
  • Trademark
  • Trademark invalidation
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  • Virgin Islands Supreme Court
  • Profesional Ethics Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virgin Islands Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Music in the Round
  • co-founder
  • 2004 - Present
  • Columbus Community Festival
  • Entertainment Selection Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Columbus Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Virgin Islands Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law commitee
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Capital Square Rotary
  • President
  • 2002 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Entertainment Law Firm of the Year
  • Corporate INTL Magazine
  • 2010
  • Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
  • Corporate INTL Magazine
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • 2011
  • CLE
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • 2011
  • Capital University Law School Sports & Entertainment Law Association;
  • Entertainment Law
  • 2009
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • 2008
  • Midpoint Music Conference
  • Music Law
  • 2008
  • Allbiz Music Conference
  • Music Law
  • 2008
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Columbus Intellectual property Lawyer Leon David Bass
Leon David Bass
Intellectual property Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 24 years