Skip to main content

Cheryl Lorraine Hodgson

Trademark application Attorney at Santa Monica, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 29 years
    California - CA 34 years
    Tennessee - TN 25 years
    Oregon - OR 45 years
    Colorado - CO 48 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Suspended No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Withdrawn No misconduct found

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

About Cheryl

Learn Cheryl’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    25%
    Los Angeles’ premier entertainment lawyer Cheryl Hodgson provides counsel to individuals and companies in music, film and television. Ms. Hodgson’s career began as an agent, artist manager, and music publisher.

    39 years, 20 cases

  2. Trademark application
    25%
    The trademark attorneys at Hodgson Legal are recognized as thought leaders with worldwide expertise in trademark registration. The firm guides clients to avoid common traps that can lead to loss of rights and business value. Los Angeles trademark attorney Cheryl Hodgson places a strong emphasis upon educating and guiding our clients to select strong, legally protectable words, slogans and logos to function as brand identifiers before seeking trademark registration.

    34 years, 350 cases

  3. Trademark infringement
    20%
    The trademark attorneys at Hodgson Legal are recognized as thought leaders with worldwide expertise in trademark registration. The firm guides clients to avoid common traps that can lead to loss of rights and business value. Los Angeles trademark attorney Cheryl Hodgson places a strong emphasis upon educating and guiding our clients to select strong, legally protectable words, slogans and logos to function as brand identifiers before seeking trademark registration.

    48 years, 20 cases

  4. Business
    15%
    Services as Business Lawyers: Business formation and structure Purchase and sale of a business or assets Joint ventures Investor agreements Shareholder agreements and buy outs Software and technology agreements Software development agreements Internet and affiliate relationships Distributor agreements Manufacturing agreements

    39 years, 75 cases

  5. Copyright infringement
    15%
    Services of Copyright Attorneys: Fine Art Art Licensing Agreements Software development, licensing and registration Music Publishing and Licensing Musical recording production and distribution Music for Film and Television Digital rights protection Photography Rights and Royalties Copyright Infringement Proceedings Book Publishing Agreements Film and Television Production and Distribution Copyright Termination and Recapture

    48 years, 25 cases

Cheryl Hodgson offers a unique combination of legal expertise and practical business experience based upon years of experience in the music industry at a    manager, agent, and music publisher.   Expert in litigation of matters pertaining to contractual disputes, artist rights, trademarks, copyrights, Cheryl uses her courtroom expertise not only as a litigator but as a mediator in cases involving trademarks copyrights and entertainment related matters.  Years in the courtroom provide her clients with strong advocacy for in business transactions, calculated to seal the deal, while minimizing future risks.   Hodgson has been certified for arbitration and mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes and Advanced Workshops for the Uniform Resolution of Domain Disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She is licensed in California, New York, and Tennessee and has served as Professor of Music Law at Loyola University School of Law. Cheryl Hodgson is the founder of Hodgson Legal and an entrepreneur in her own right, founding the successful online publication , focused on providing brand owners with expert insights and advice in brand building.  She is the author of the book Brandaide and has been a featured speaker in many professional groups including the California Copyright Conference, eMarketing Association, the ABA Sports & Entertainment Forum, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.   Cheryl is a certified yoga instructor and practitioner.

Photos and videos

View more

Location

Hodgson Legal
401 Wilshire Blvd 12th Floor
Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Hodgson Legal
220 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97209
Hide locations

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Helena | June 19, 2015
Much more than a trademark attorney, Cheryl helped me see new possibilities
Creating a new consumer brand and carving space for it in this world filled with brands and slogans is not easy, it often feels that everything worth while has already been trademarked. Brainstorming with Cheryl helped me see new ways and solutions so that at the end I was able to trademark and protect my brand exactly the way I had envisioned. Cheryl is creative and supportive, always rooting for her clients to go and conquer the world. If you plan to do it, you better have Cheryl on your side!
Read less
Posted by Meredith | June 12, 2015
7k, 2 years, useless filings, no protection...THEN CHERYL!
I was represented by a lawyer masquerading as a trademark attorney so that he could be my billing attorney at a firm a friend introduced me to . A different attorney at the firm secretly encouraged me to find a new trademark lawyer. Cheryl explained A different attorney at the firm secretly encouraged me to find a new trademark lawyer. Cheryl explained my filings why my current filings and extensions gave me no protection at all and where unnecessary. In 20 minutes Cheryl I made more sense to me and clarified things in a way my former attorney David Hochman was entirely unable to do. Two years into my children's educational company/start up I have no trademark protection of any value whatsoever. Cheryl got to work so quickly and did more for me in two weeks then David Hochman did for me into years. Not only is Cheryl a rockstar attorney, she is a fun compassionate woman who cares deeply about not only is Cheryl a rockstar attorney, she is a fun compassionate woman who maintains her own practice and knowing the pitfalls of joining a firm much like the one that took my money and did all the wrong things, taking advantage of my trademark naïveté. I would come to Cheryl for any and all legal issues .
Read less
Posted by Marlo Van Oorschot | June 11, 2015
Licensing
I utilized Cheryl's services to assist me in a licensing issue connected to the publication of my book. Cheryl was smart, effective and very easy to work with. Cheryl is an expert in her field.
Posted by Cedar | June 11, 2015
Excellent Trademark and Music Attorney
I refer music clients to Cheryl due to her deep expertise in copyright and litigation matters such as copyright grant terminations and infringement litigation. I also appreciate her robust trademark and branding legal practice; two organizations for which I am a director hired her to expertly register our trademarks. Cheryl and I once had a mutual client, for which I calculated damages in a Latin music infringement matter, which Cheryl deftly settled in the client's favor. She is a smart and experienced go-getter who fights for her clients' financial and IP interests.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
Took care of all our Trademark and IP needs
Took care of all our Trademark and IP needs. There was a lot that we didn't know and she was able to answer all questions and resolve all issues. Had a great website with lots of helpful info.

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • BRANDAIDE
  • 2008 - Present
  • Founder
  • Canto Novo Music
  • 2004 - Present
  • Founder
  • Hodgson Legal
  • 1985 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Probstein Weiner & Hodgson
  • 2000 - 2003
View all work experience

Education

  • University of Santa Monica
  • MA - Masters
  • 2013
  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Standard Fabrics v. Kohl's Department Stores
  • out of court settlement
  • Lopez Entertainment Group v. Telemundo
  • Favorable out of court settlement
  • SST Records v. Rollins, CV 13-5579 DDP
  • Favorable out of court settlement
View all legal cases

Associations

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Provisors
  • Member, Entertainment Group
  • 2003 - Present
  • California Copyright Conference
  • Past President and Board Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Los Angeles Copyright Society
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Intellectual Property Section Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Loyola University School of Law
  • Former Professor of Music Law
  • 2008 - 2008
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Los Angeles Attorneys
  • Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • Royalty Divide
  • Dividing copyrights in Divorce
  • 2014
  • Protecting & Sustaining the Wine Brand
  • Trademarks for Wineries
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Cheryl
Trademark application Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Cheryl for her trademark expertise."
Trademark application Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl is an expert lawyer on trademarks and brand protection. If you need to protect your brand, hiring Cheryl will ensure that everything is done correctly and at a reasonable price. A truly wonderful lawyer."
Trademark infringement Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheryl has a solid grasp of not only the technical aspects of this complex area, but, more importantly, accepts the challenge of the need to focus on the business result to the benefit of the client."