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Leon Bass is the go-to intellectual property attorney and probably the most  established entertainment attorney in the region. Now in his 14th year of practice, Leon has built a solid reputation locally and nationally for his solid legal counsel in trademark, copyright, entertainment law, general business and real estate transactions as well as litigation in those arenas. Leon has been named a “Super Lawyer” rising star for the past two years and is a six-time winner of Corporate INTL’s “Law Firm of the year."


Leon is licensed in OHIO and the US VIRGIN ISLANDS.


LEON D. BASS has built a unique practice that blends a traditional corporate and business law practice with intellectual property to provide services tailored to support the unique needs of those artists, musicians, athletes and performers in the entertainment and arts fields as well as those in other industries.  Now in his 14th year of practice, Leon has built a solid reputation locally and nationally for his legal counsel in trademark, copyright, entertainment law, and general business transactions as well as litigation in those arenas. 


Mr. Bass has a proven track record counseling on intellectually property matters. He also routinely advises artists, music venues, promoters, record labels, publishers, photographers, and authors on intellectual property issues and frequently successfully defends copyright and trademark infringement actions.  A musician himself, Mr. Bass performs in the local Columbus band, Grassinine and is a founder of the annual “Music in the Round” event which benefits the Marafiki AIDS Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.  Mr. Bass is also an adjunct Professor at Otterbein University, where he teaches a course in Music and Arts law. 


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 50%
    17 years
  2. Entertainment: 20%
    17 years
  3. Business: 18%
    17 years
  4. Contracts: 10%
    17 years
  5. Real Estate: 2%
    17 years


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Contact info

Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

65 E. State St.
Ste 1000
Columbus, OH, 43215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Entertainment Law Firm of the YearCorporate INTL Magazine2010
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the YearCorporate INTL Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, Of CounselTaft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP2012 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorOtterbein University2011 - Present
Of CounselChester Willcox & Saxbe, LLP2009 - 2012
Attorney, Of CounselRich Crites & Dittmer, LLP2005 - 2009
Law ClerkRhino Records, Legal and Business Affairs1997 - 1997
Law ClerkFamous Music Publishing Company, Legal Affairs1997 - 1997
Law ClerkOhio Attorney General1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Columbus Bar Association, Professional Ethics CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Virgin Islands Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law commiteeMember2010 - Present
Virgin Islands Bar AssociationAttorney Member2009 - Present
Music in the Roundco-founder2004 - Present
Columbus Community FestivalEntertainment Selection Committee1998 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Columbus Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Capital Square RotaryPresident2002 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trademark invalidationN/A
Dismissal obtained in Concert Agreement Breach caseN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Michigan State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLECopyright and Trademark2011
CLECopyright and Trademark2011
Capital University Law School Sports & Entertainment Law Association;Entertainment Law2009
The Ohio State University Moritz College of LawEntertainment Law2008
Midpoint Music ConferenceMusic Law2008
Allbiz Music ConferenceMusic Law2008