Entertainment attorney in Portland and Seattle. Extensive experience in trademarks, copyrights and entertainment law.
About My Law Practice
Entertainment Law (Drafting/Negotiating/Consulting on All Types of Music, Film, Television, Theatre, Visual Arts, Computer Game, and Book Publishing Contracts); Copyright/Trademark Law (U.S. and International); Federal Trademark Applications and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings; Section 203 and 304 Copyright Terminations/Reversions; Digital Distribution; Content Licensing (U.S./International); Royalty Collection; Music Publishing Issues; Internet Law; E-Commerce; Strategic Alliances, Sponsorships, Joint Ventures, and Co-Branding Agreements; Analyzing the Legal Ramifications of New Business Models/Opportunities.
Admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
"AV" (the highest) rating in the national Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Member of Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the Oregon State Bar
2002-2007, Vice-President of Business Affairs for an entertainment company headquartered in Los Angeles.
Prior experience as artist manager and attorney for major concert promotion company, and as outside counsel for major computer game company.
Author, “The Seven-Year Law",2003, cited in “California Labor Code Section 2855 and Contracts”, 116 Harvard Law Review 2632 (June, 2003).
Co-author of chapter ("Contracts and Relationships between Major Labels and Independent Labels") in The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide, a book compiled by the Beverly Hills Bar Association and published by Prentice-Hall Publishing (4th ed. 2007). The chapter explores in detail record distribution agreements, joint ventures, incubator deals, upstreaming deals, production deals, equity deals, and master licensing agreements.
Co-author of the book "Music Is Your Business: The FourFront Strategy for Success," published in 2007.
Author of monthly column ("Legal Ease") on entertainment and intellectual property law, Two Louies Magazine, 1987-2004.
Groups and Associations:
Elected Member of Board of Governors of The Recording Academy, for the Pacific Northwest Chapter (Seattle), presenter of the Grammy Awards, 2011-present and 2000-2004.
Member, California Copyright Conference
Panel and Speaking Engagements
Panelist and speaker at numerous intellectual property law and entertainment law conferences in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Nashville, Austin, Texas, Sundance, Utah, and Vancouver, B.C.
Organizer, Northwest Independent Music Conference, Portland, 1996
Co-Chair, Washington State Bar Assn. Entertainment Law Conference, 2006
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Inductee||OREGON MUSIC HALL OF FAME||2016|
|"AV" (highest rating)||Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory||2008|
|Law Review||Washington University School of Law||1976|
|Partner||Day & Koch LLP||2011 - Present|
|Attorney||Entertainment Law Group||2008 - 2011|
|Vice-President, Business Affairs,||Media Creature, Los Angeles||2002 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts||Member of Board||2012 - Present|
|Northstar/Painted Sky||Member of Board||2004 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member of Executive Committee, IP Section||2007 - 2011|
|California Copyright Conference||Member||2007 - 2011|
|The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards)||Board of Governors||2000 - 2011|
|musicbizacademy.com||"Net Profit Deals: Not Your Traditional Record Deal"||2009|
|musicbizacademy.com||Publishing Deals Made Easy: A Thumbnail Sketch||2008|
|musicbizacademy.com||Releasing Your Own Record: A DIY Legal Checklist||2008|
|musicbizacademy.com||Foreign Licensing of Records:Licensing Your Music Overseas||2008|
|Co-author, "The Musician's Business and Legal Guide" (Prentice-Hall Publishing/Beverly Hills Bar Assn.). (4th edition). Chapter is entitled "Contracts and Relationships Between Major Labels and Independent Labels."||Book||2007|
|Co-author, "Music Is Your Business: The FourFront Strategy for Success" (book)||Book||2007|
|Two Louies Magazine||“Licensing Music for Film, Television, Commercials and Computer Games”||2006|
|Harvard Law Review (cited the article)||“The Seven-Year Law: California Labor Code Section 2855 and Recording Contracts"||2003|
|Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)||JD - Juris Doctor Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Moderator, Music Licensing Panel, with Emmy and Grammy-winning artists and composers||Music Licensing||2013|
|Panelist and speaker and panelist at numerous national entertainment industry conferences 1990-2008||Entertainment Industry and Copyright Law||2008|
|Washington State Bar. Assn Entertainment Law Conference (Panelist and Co-Chair)||Digital Distribution||2006|
|Washington State Bar. Assn Entertainment and Arts Law Symposia||Music Licensing (Panel Moderator)||2006|
|WSBA Entertainment and Arts Law Symposia||Digital Music Distribution||2005|
|Folk Alliance National Conference (San Diego)||Film Music Agreements||2005|
|"That's Entertainment" CLE||Entertainment Law||2005|
|Music West (Vancouver, Canada)||Recording and Publishing Contracts||2004|
|Global Entertainment and Media Conference (Los Angeles)||Structuring and Negotiating Large Entertainment Industry Joint Ventures||2004|
|Music West (Vancouver, Canada)||Recording and Publishing Contracts||2002|
|WSBA Pacific Northwest Entertainment Law Conference||Music Licensing||1998|
|CMJ Music Conference (New York)||Negotiaing Recording Contracts||1998|
|Sundance Producers Conference||Film Industry Agreements||1994|
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