Attorney Registration Number: 2917649
Bar Membership: New York State Member in Good Standing
Education: Graduated New York Law School, Class of 1996
I’m an experienced commercial contracts attorney with expertise in commercial contracts, entertainment law, and intellectual property (IP) licenses. During my career, I’ve represented major corporate clients including Amazon, Marvel, and MetLife, as well as independent entertainment professionals and independent publishers.
I started out at MetLife where I drafted and negotiated enterprise licenses, NDA, SOW, MSA, and consulting agreements. MetLife provided me with a solid professional foundation, but all the contracts I worked on related to Y2K hysteria, so I have no idea if the company ever needed any of the projects I worked on.
Central Park Media gave me my first real taste of entertainment law. As general counsel of a startup publishing company, I acted as the sole owner of all drafting and negotiating of international IP licenses, work for hire agreements and statements of work associated with anime and manga production. Our catalog included everything from the painfully tragic Grave of the Fireflies to the infamous Legend of the Overfiend and everything in between.
In 2002, Marvel brought me in to handle their new international publishing department. My main function was helping Marvel break into the Japanese market, but I also initiated, negotiated, drafted, and managed compliance for international licenses associated with Marvel entertainment IP. This work covered consumer goods, film, interactive media, and publishing in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. In addition, I drafted many of the exclusive talent deals Marvel began to set up around the time Ultimates began to gain traction. I left Marvel soon after the Ultimates, X-men and Spider-Man deals were established in Japan.
After Marvel, I began helping independent IP creators and freelance artists with their contracts and licensing issues. I’ve given lectures at the University of Albany and Comics Experience. Over the years, I've helped negotiate creator-owned deals with AfterShock, managed the contracts and IP matters for Mad Cave, developed publishing agreements for independent creators, and collaboration contracts for new comic teams.The last major client for C3 was Amazon Publishing, where I drafted and negotiated domestic and international publishing agreements for the Amazon imprints.
While I continue to negotiate contracts for my clients, I’m also writing a book on the business and legal aspects of the independent comic book industry. My goal is to help comic creators and independent publishers understand their legal position and give them the tools to get the most out of their work.
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