- Attorney Registration Number: 2917649
- Bar Membership: New York State Member in Good Standing
- Education: Graduated New York Law School, Class of 1996
Publishing contracts, entertainment licensing, and intellectual property law make up the bulk of my legal career. My main focus is the comic book industry from both the business and legal aspects.
I started out in the Technology Procurement Division of MetLife where I negotiated licenses for software and consulting services. 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. I handled their copyright, trademark, and talent agreements, but most of my work involved creating contract to bring anime and manga to the US from Japan. 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 managed the licenses for Marvel books and merchandise 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 started to gain traction. I left Marvel soon after Ultimates, X-men and Spider-Man deals were established in Japan.
I started to focus on my nightlife writing and my own legal practice after leaving Marvel. I got a daytime position to pay the bills and started my own company called Nightlife Publishing. The first project I tried was a nightlife magazine called New York Nights that ran online for about five years. In 2010, I published Seize the Night based on what I’d learned about nightlife industry and culture working on the magazine. Releasing a nonfiction book exposed me to the self-publishing process which inspired me to write my own fiction and release it through Nightlife Publishing.
As I built my publishing catalog, I also began helping independent publishers and freelance artists with their contracts and licensing issues. I’ve given lectures at the University of Albany and Comics Experience. I've helped negotiate creator-owned deals with AfterShock, publishing agreements for independent creators, and collaboration contracts for new comic teams. My goal is to help freelancers understand their legal position and give them the tools to get the most out of their work.
My major client now is Amazon Publishing where I spend my days negotiating author agreements and managing a portfolio of international subsidiary rights. I'm planning to spend a few months in Los Angeles this year, working with independent film companies and writing a book on the business and legal aspects of the comic book industry.
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