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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.


Personal Background 


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


Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 45%
    40 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Trademark Application: 20%
    38 years, 500 cases
  3. Copyright: 20%
    38 years, 500 cases
  4. Trademark: 15%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Day and Koch, LLP

1435 N.W. 19th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97209


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"AV" (highest rating)Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory2008
Law ReviewWashington University School of Law1976
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDay & Koch LLP2011 - Present
AttorneyEntertainment Law Group2008 - 2011
Vice-President, Business Affairs,Media Creature, Los Angeles2002 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsMember of Board2012 - Present
Northstar/Painted SkyMember of Board2004 - Present
Oregon State BarMember of Executive Committee, IP Section2007 - 2011
California Copyright ConferenceMember2007 - 2011
The Recording Academy (Grammy Awards)Board of Governors2000 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate"Net Profit Deals: Not Your Traditional Record Deal"2009
musicbizacademy.comPublishing Deals Made Easy: A Thumbnail Sketch2008
musicbizacademy.comReleasing Your Own Record: A DIY Legal Checklist2008
musicbizacademy.comForeign Licensing of Records:Licensing Your Music Overseas2008
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."Book2007
Co-author, "Music Is Your Business: The FourFront Strategy for Success" (book)Book2007
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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Moderator, Music Licensing Panel, with Emmy and Grammy-winning artists and composersMusic Licensing2013
Panelist and speaker and panelist at numerous national entertainment industry conferences 1990-2008Entertainment Industry and Copyright Law2008
Washington State Bar. Assn Entertainment Law Conference (Panelist and Co-Chair)Digital Distribution2006
Washington State Bar. Assn Entertainment and Arts Law SymposiaMusic Licensing (Panel Moderator)2006
WSBA Entertainment and Arts Law SymposiaDigital Music Distribution2005
Folk Alliance National Conference (San Diego)Film Music Agreements2005
"That's Entertainment" CLEEntertainment Law2005
Music West (Vancouver, Canada)Recording and Publishing Contracts2004
Global Entertainment and Media Conference (Los Angeles)Structuring and Negotiating Large Entertainment Industry Joint Ventures2004
Music West (Vancouver, Canada)Recording and Publishing Contracts2002
WSBA Pacific Northwest Entertainment Law ConferenceMusic Licensing1998
CMJ Music Conference (New York)Negotiaing Recording Contracts1998
Sundance Producers ConferenceFilm Industry Agreements1994