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Francine Denise Ward

Intellectual property Attorney at Mill Valley, CA

5.0   11 reviews

About Francine

Learn Francine’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Intellectual property
    Copyrights, Trademarks, Publishing law, Social Media legal issues

    31 years

  2. Business
    Business Attorney, Incorporation, Business contracts, Not-for-profits

    31 years

  3. Trusts

  4. Wills and living wills

Copyright Trademark Lawyer, Social Media Attorney, Book lawyer, Business Attorney, Contracts, Publishing Law

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Licensed for 31 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2013
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 09/14/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1991
Updated 06/21/2022

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

Contact Francine

Mill Valley Office.
775 E Blithedale Ave,
Ste 325
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
Palm Desert Office.
44489 Town Center Way
Ste D-168
Palm Desert, CA, 92260
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Dan | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional legal help with trademark
Francine was an absolute professional when working with her to have our retirement planning process trademarked. Over a period of months we communicated via email, telephone conference, and webinars to layout our plan to achieve our goal. Francine was able to guide us through the labyrinth of legal potholes and landmines which allowed us to not only get our process trademarked, but to obtain a registered trademark! There is no doubt that without her help we would not have been able to achieve the highest standard. Thanks again Francine!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
Takes clients needs seriously and can move quickly in spite of busy schedule, a genuine advocate
Francine went above and beyond in responding to our urgent need for intervention in a business crisis with a rogue associate. Because this turned out to be a specialty case with unique requirements, she spoke personally the very next day with a top colleague, who in turn cleared her schedule to meet with us ASAP. It would have taken days and probably weeks to get to see this second lawyer. We are forever in Francine's debt for the help she gave us.
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Posted by RHR_Chat | September 7, 2014
Ethical, responsive, caring
She answered my Avvo query with respect and knowledge generously shared. She picked up on fact that it wasn't just about a $2600 fee paid - the acct blew a sol and an 80 year old lost $30K. Other attys answered as if "not worth any atty's time" bc money is so small. That seems like an stand for our legal system. I wish NC & USA had more attys like this fine lady.
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Posted by Liza | July 28, 2014
Recommendation for Francine Ward
Francine helped me complete two important client contracts. She involved me in creating the document, went through it line by line to ensure I understood what was in it, was willing to make changes based on my input and ensured that I was completely satisfied with the product.
Posted by Zackary | July 23, 2014
Excellent attorney that takes it to the next level
I really appreciate that Ms. Francine! It means a lot that you take your job to the next level by truly caring about the people that you work with. There is no doubt in my mind that when the time is right the time will be right. When the time is right I will defiantly be coming to you for all of my attorney work. If anyone every ask me about an attorney to use I will for sure reference them to you!
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Posted by Diane | July 21, 2014
Never trusted most attorneys… however Francine changed all that, she went the extra mile
I have had the pleasure of working with Francine Ward. She drafted an Independent Contractors agreement in 2012 for my company, The Leadership Style Center. I do not have confidence in most attorneys however Francine has changed all that. She always went the extra mile, answering all of my questions in a timely manner. She was patient and always had a positive attitude. In addition she was most helpful in providing business guidance to make sure I was properly covered.
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Posted by Kendall | July 19, 2014
Francine is highly responsive, excellent at communicating and outstanding at trademarks
Francine Ward has been my go-to attorney for trademarks for the past 5 years. She was prompt, professional and extremely thorough in preparing my trademark applications. She was also excellent at communicating with me to help me get the info to her that she needed, and later, with keeping me informed as to the status of my trademark applications. I also hired her to create my core business documents such as our terms and conditions, privacy policies, work for hire agreements, non-disclosure, licensing and more. Every time she was prompt at communicating and really took the time to explain things to me. I honestly feel she provided information beyond what I paid for, and I really feel she cares about me and my business success. I have also recommended many people to Francine and they have been equally as happy with the quality of her work and her service.
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Posted by Elizabeth | July 17, 2014
Outstanding IP attorney
Francine is one of the most outstanding professionals I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Impeccable professionalism, fierce advocacy and an unwavering commitment to results is how I'd describe my experience - all delivered with the warmth of a good friend. We've used Francine's services on all of our trademarks and they go through without a hitch every time. She also is VERY thorough in her pre-filing research and will make you aware of all the issues upfront. Whenever someone asks me about trademarks, I always say - don't mess around doing them yourself; have Francine do them. She gets my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Geoff | July 16, 2014
The Intellectual Property Lawyer I Needed
Francine Ward is the Intellectual Property lawyer I needed. She prepared work-for-hire agreements for my videographer and social media consultant, provides sound business and social media advice herself, tracked down and obtained a copyright permission that eluded me for years, and is handling my application to trademark the name of my educational products. She is smart, professional, experienced, organized, and dedicates herself to informing me about protecting my intellectual property--and then she does it.
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Posted by Kendall | June 19, 2011
Business Owner
Francine helped me create a licensing agreement and has also filed many trademarks for me that were successfully approved by the USPTO. Her responsiveness and skill are fantastic!
Posted by Keiko | December 7, 2009
Very Knowledgeable and Client-Focused Business Attorney
I hired Francine Ward to provide me with legal advice, trademark assistance, and to help me develop contract documents during my business startup. She is a pleasure to work with, and very knowledgeable, responsive, and client-focused. I highly recommend her to other entrepreneurs who are looking for legal support for IP, contracts, and general business matters.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Ofc. of Francine D. Ward
  • 1991 - Present


  • Georgetown Univ Law Ctr
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Hunter Coll
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Chair, Sub-Committee on Terms of Use
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • IPL Section Trademark Ex Parte Committee Chair
  • 2011 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Staying Legal Guide to Copyrights & Trademarks
  • Staying Legal Guide to Copyrights & Trademarks
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Copyright for the Non-IP Lawyer
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (1)
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is a person of excellence and integrity. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Francine. She appears to be very knowledgeable about intellectual property law and offers sound advice."
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I got to know Francine when we both served as Directors of the Marin Count Bar Association. She was always well prepared, articulate and way ahead of everyone else in her knowledge of social media. She is intelligent, thoughtful and an inspiration to other lawyers. I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Barbara Monty"
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Business Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Ms. Ward are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. Her last answer contained a very useful link to assist the asker. These are precisely the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Intellectual property Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Francine over 10 years. She is a fine lawyer."
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