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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)
AWARDS, SPEECHES and PUBLICATIONS
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)