Admitted to the California Bar, License # 299644
Admitted to the Washington Bar, License # 51289
The McMillan Law Firm, APC, San Diego
January 2017 – Present
- Employment Litigation: wage/hour claims, wrongful termination/interference, and discrimination. Mostly plaintiff side, but I work with some defense clients. I prepare pleadings, motions, petitions for writ of mandate/review, and discovery; legal research; trial preparation; attend/argue at hearings and more. Second chaired for a 3 week jury trial.
- Bankruptcy Law: primarily adversary proceedings. I’ve drafted motions for relief from stay, abandonment, and abstention; other motions; objections to exemptions; default judgments; trial preparation, second chair at trial, and more.
- Business Law: drafted single shareholder agreements; board minutes; trademark registration
- Misc.: ADA discrimination claims; property boundary disputes; SLAPPback actions; defamation
Hanley-Brady Law, San Diego
December 2014 – January 2017
•Professional services/independent contractor agreements; marketing agreements; distribution agreements; talent and location releases; IP licensing agreements; online policies; MCN/YouTube agreements ; literary option agreements and more.
• Contract negotiation
• Summarize contract clauses and responsibilities for clients, as well as clauses I feel are missing or should be clarified. Agreements include author/agent agreements, artist/sponsors, and more.
• Strategizing and negotiating unfavorable contract clauses.
• Responses to office actions and associated research
• Review CompuMark results for client counseling
• Opinion letters
• Section 8 & 15 filings
• Cease & desist letters
• Filing state and federal trademarks; associated research related to class selections
• Counseling regarding fair use and other risk assessments
• General searching on WIPO and other countries’ databases
• Articles of Organization
• Operating Agreements
• Joint venture agreements
• DMCA takedown notices and fair use assessments prior to sending;
• Creating timeline strategies for client contract negotiations
• Misc. client counseling and volunteering opportunities for creative professionals
The IGDA Business & Legal Special Interest Group (SIG) has published a white paper on copyright enforcement through the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
Speaker & Blogger
August 2014 – Present
I created a blog to educate game developers and other creators about the law as it pertains to their projects and ideas. I also give presentations on entertainment law basics (see below).
- San Diego State University, Documentary Film Class
- La Jolla Play House – Speaker Panel for “Last Tiger in Haiti”
- Mesa College – Digital Video Class
- Palomar College’s Career Day – Intellectual Property Basics
- SDSU Alumni Career Panels – Careers in IP & Entertainment Law
- Palomar College – Video Game Design Class – IP and Contract Law
- TWiT.TV – This Week in Law (TWiL) Episode 290 – Video Game Law
- UCSD – Video Game Development Club – IP and Contract Law
- Helix Charter High School – Telecommunications Class – Entertainment Majors
- San Diego Programmer Meetup Group – IP Law
- Gam3r Con 2013 – IP Law
Volunteer Supervising Attorney
May 2015 – Feb. 2016
Volunteered as a supervising attorney to New Media Rights interns. I was given projects by the staff attorneys, assigned an intern, and then guided the intern through the legal work needed by the client. Inquiries included tasks such as rights clearances for films, contract and online policy drafting, as well as trademark issues.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York City
Jan. 2014 – Apr. 2014
Interned full-time for my final law school semester at the New York office of Pillsbury under the supervision of attorneys James Gatto and Meighan O’Reardon (and previously Sean Kane) in Pillsbury’s Social Media and Games division, as well as its Global Sourcing department.
- Researched and charted a state-by-state comparison of pending legislation for social media and internet gambling.
- Created an attorney-review checklist for each kind of intellectual property, policy, and other documents requested in a social media audit.
- Charted contract provisions for several re-seller distribution agreements in a due diligence check for a pending acquisition.
- Attended and viewed numerous P.L.I. seminars on copyright, trademark, licensing, social media, technology, negotiation, and entertainment law.
- Drafted a copyright license.
- Reviewed a Bring Your Own Device policy and a Non Disclosure Agreement, then provided comments and suggestions for improvements or issues to watch for;
- Analyzed several video game development and licensing agreements.
Aug. 2013 – Dec. 2013
My semester in the USPTO clinic was the first official semester for the clinic at my school, and so all of our work focused on assessing marks and filing them.
- Conducted client intake interviews and updated clinic database.
- Assessed over a dozen potential marks; reviewed client mark ideas, goals, and current use/marketing progress.
- Counseled clients on the risks, options, and next steps for their mark.
- Filed three Intent-to-Use applications (all published)
- Read, reviewed, and tested on Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure concepts weekly.
Apr. 2012 – July 2013
- Provided pro bono legal services on complex copyright law, trademarks, contracts, and internet law. Some examples include:
- Chain of title research; rights clearances; talent releases; fair use and DMCA issues; logo and character design commission issues;
- Drafting of contracts such as copyright assignments, licenses, several-tiered development agreements, co-counsel agreement;
- Conducting risk assessments for various projects, including the use of famous trademarks and celebrities in games and films; domain name squatting issues; UDRP explanations; misleading statements in product descriptions;
- Drafted memos to clients, assessing their query; researched legal questions; drafted FAQs for the New Media Rights website
- Created a video series, “LAGD” (Legal Assistance for Game Developers), to educate independent game developers about common legal issues; interviewed twelve successful game developers.
- Presented “Copyrights and Copywrongs for Internet Content” with Teri Karobonik at San Diego’s Gam3rCon in July 2013, and to several San Diego software developer groups in September 2013.
- Drafted the Co-Counsel Agreement, Complaint, and memos for a copyright infringement case.
Research Intern for Professor Andrea Johnson
May 2012 – Oct. 2012
- Conducted research with a team on export difficulties for San Diego small-to-medium businesses with the goal of validating the need for developing an online customized checklist for regulatory compliance.
- Interviewed several San Diego companies on pain-points related to exporting, 14 companies in total for the research team.
- Formally presented findings and suggestions to individuals from the San Diego Port, the World Trade Center San Diego, the Bureau of Industry and Security, and export consultants.
J.D., May 2014
- Relevant Courses: Intellectual Property Licensing, Trademarks, USPTO Satellite Trademark Clinic, Business Organizations, Contract Drafting, Entertainment Law, Data Privacy Law
- Activities: Treasurer, Student Intellectual Property Law Association, 2013
Honors & Awards
Andrea L. Johnson Telecommunications Award, 2014
Recognition for excellence in telecommunications-related classes and internships.
Dean’s List, 2013
Also received the top grade in Professor Glenn Smith’s Current Issues in Constitutional Law class, with a thesis paper on the constitutional analysis a court could go through to see whether, and how, it could enforce a copyright injunction against a bearer of a copyright infringing tattoo (differing from the question of the copyrightability of original tattoos).
Pro Bono Honor’s Society, 2013
Awarded for providing over 50 hours of public service with a Non Profit/Pro Bono organization from 2012-2013 (only awarded once per student, in the first year they achieve 50+ hours).
Josi Dixon Public Interest Grant Recipient, 2013
A monetary grant to continue at New Media Rights for a second summer, particularly to assist in representing a pro bono client in (copyright) pre-litigation work.
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Dec. 2010
- Courses: Introduction to Intellectual Property; Principals of Trademarks; Principals of Copyrights; Principals of Patents; Patent Prosecution; Foreign Patent Prosecution; Basic Patent/Trademark Searching; Advanced Issues in Intellectual Property
B.S. in Television, Film, and New Media Production; Minor in English, May 2009
- Editor for several projects, and producer for most of my later projects, including my thesis film project, 4Horsmn. As the producer (project manager), I would create and manage crew schedules for pre-production, shooting, and budgeting; I advertised for and cast actors; I raised funds from local businesses and family for equipment grants, location rentals, and film development; I procured additional equipment rentals, permits, and insurance; When applicable, I marketed the projects to festivals.