In Laying a Solid Foundation: Business Law Fundamentals for Artists, business attorneys Theresa Simpson and Gary Swearingen will take you through a whirlwind seminar of legal issues in setting up and operating your business. They will discuss business entities, license requirements, having employees, and working with your advisors (lawyers, accountants, psychotherapists). Overarching the discussion will be protecting your intellectual property and using the IP of others. If you are an artist, creative entrepreneur or an attorney who represents them as clients, this Workshop is not to be missed as it will provide an excellent fundamental framework for understanding how to recognize and resolve the legal issues involved with setting up and operating a business.
Gary Swearingen is an in-house attorney with Motricity, Inc. where he handles the company’s intellectual property and contracting matters. Prior to Motricity he was in the contracts and intellectual property group at Washington Mutual and was a partner at Garvey Schubert Barer where he represented artists and other creative entrepreneurs as well as companies who buy creative works. Gary has been a lawyer for 17 years, is a past president of the Washington Lawyers for the Arts, and frequent speaker on arts-related legal topics. Gary received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and his B.S. from Willamette University.
Theresa Simpson represents both Internet and brick and mortar businesses with respect to licensing and other business matters, especially those involving protection of intellectual property rights, e-commerce and media issues. Ms. Simpson advises publishers, producers, musicians and other performers, athletes, labels, artists, writers, trademark owners, software developers and other creative clients in drafting and negotiating licensing, distribution and other agreements; asserting and defending copyright and trademark claims; resolution of business disputes and other entertainment and media issues. Ms. Simpson is an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington, and has taught “Digital Media Law and Policy” since 2009. Theresa received her J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and her B.A. from the University of California Berkeley.
Garvey Schubert Barer
1191 2nd Ave, 18th floor
Seattle, Washington 98101
$50 Attorneys (includes CLE credit); $15 Artists, Students and Others
Includes snacks and drinks!
To register, visit Brown Paper Tickets, http://brownpapertickets.com/producer/3042, or phone 24/7 at 800.838.3006. To pay at the door, RSVP to Washington Lawyers for the Arts at 206.328.7053. Please note that the event is subject to cancellation; visit http://www.thewla.org/ or call 206.328.7053 for more information.