I am an attorney with over 12 years of transactional practicing experience on matters relating to general corporate, business, digital media, internet, and intellectual property law. I work extensively with clients ranging from individuals to startup or venture backed businesses in industries including software, Internet, social and mobile gaming, branding, fashion, entertainment, music, health & fitness, food, and non-profit organizations. Having previously worked at a Wall Street law firm, my desire to make quality legal services accessible to entrepreneurs and my passion for the creative media, Internet, and technology sectors inspired me to establish CyberlawStudio in 2004.
For certain client companies, I provide general counsel services. I assist startups with setting up and structuring their initial corporate structures and represent them in various financing transactions (preferred stock, common, convertible notes, warrants). On the employment side, I advise senior executive teams on their compensation plans and represent various clients in their employment relationships with established or emerging media and technology companies (Zynga, BMG, MTV, Playboy Enterprises, Sonos). On the product development side, I represent clients in the development, production, and licensing of music, games, smartphone apps, social media platforms and websites with companies including Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and CrowdStar. With the advent of social media I regularly advise clients on website terms and privacy, rights of publicity, and compliance with the terms & conditions of major online communities such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Tumblr and Pinterest when they join as users, app developers, marketeers or e-commerce merchants.
In addition to corporate matters I also assist clients with forming non-profit organizations, from initial incorporation to seeking 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. I advise existing non-profits on non-profit/for-profit structures such as joint ventures, contract hybrids, for-profit spin-offs and benefit corporations. Some of them are locally based, while others have operations overseas.
During my spare time, I speak frequently at NAPABA, American Bar Association and other conferences, and I serve on the Board of Out In Tech Inc., the largest non profit LGBT tech community based in New York, LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and on the Advisory Board of Kopernik, a UN award recipient non-profit that tackles the distribution challenges of getting life-changing technologies to people living in the remote parts of the developing world.