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Joseph Ford is a sole practitioner who provides legal advice in connection with entertainment licensing, distribution and production, including, merchandising, publishing, copyright, trademark and piracy.  Most recently, Mr. Ford served for 3+ years as a Legal Consultant for NBCUniversal Media, where he provided counsel to NBCUniversal’s Television Consumer Products Group, advising high-level executives and attorneys on all of the foregoing types of matters and in addition, closed numerous transactional deals with corporations, e.g., Ben & Jerry’s, Dark Horse Comics, Dynamite Comics, Mattel, Penguin Publishing, Subway and Walgreens.  Joseph is a member of the California Bar and is a licensed patent attorney. 


 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Licensing: 40%
    7 years, 750 cases
  2. Contracts: 25%
    13 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  3. LLC: 15%
    13 years, 50 cases
  4. Litigation: 10%
    8 years, 50 cases
  5. Entertainment: 10%
    13 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-275/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Joseph S. Ford, Attorney at Law

1223 Wilshire Blvd # 1667
Santa Monica, CA, 90403-5400

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200305/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor Award for 2013Avvo2013
Excellence for the Future Award - Entertainment Law -TelevisionCALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)2002
Excellence for the Future Award - Law of CyberspaceCALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction)2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Legal ConsultantNBCUniversal International Television/Carnival Films2012 - Present
Legal ConsultantNBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group2009 - 2013
Owner/AttorneyFord & Associates2004 - 2009
AssociateIvie, McNeill & Wyatt2003 - 2004
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Culver Marina Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
JACQUELINE SIMPSON-JORDAN VS. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELESSettled
RAPHAEL TISDALE VS MATTHEW LANGFORD PERRYSettled
RENDER BRADLEY DAVIDSON VS BLACKGROUND RECORDS LLCSettled
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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Georgia State UniversitySports AdministrationMS - Master of Science1998
University of California - Santa BarbaraComputer ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1996
University of MiamiElectrical EngineeringN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law SectionPOW! CRASH! IP issues in Licensing Between Comic Books, TV, and Film2013
TNBTA PodcastWhat is SOPA? Online Piracy? Television Product Placement? Meet IP/Patent Law Attorney, Joseph Ford2012