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Paul M. Sternberg

Attorney

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Paul M. Sternberg is in private practice at his own Houston, Texas law firm since 2001. He concentrates his practice in the areas of internet defamation law and business law. Mr. Sternberg is a graduate from the A.B.Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in 1987, and a 1996 graduate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas where he was on the Dean’s Honor Roll. Mr. Sternberg, a seasoned entrepreneur, is the author of THE GUIDE TO INTERNET DEFAMATION AND WEBSITE REMOVAL and THE GUIDE TO INVESTING IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE.  He has 10 years of experience on representing clients who have been the victims of defamatory cyber-attacks.  Mr. Sternberg has developed a reliable blueprint in securing positive solutions in most cases. He has shared his professional knowledge with FOX NEWS and many other media outlets to discuss internet defamation. He is a frequent speaker to attorneys and community groups. He may be reached at www.TheDefamationAttorney.com or his office at 713-789-8120.

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Raymond J. Dowd

Attorney

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Raymond J. Dowd is a member of Dunnington’s litigation and arbitration, intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international and Italy desk practice areas. He has served as lead counsel in high-stakes, high-profile litigations and arbitrations in New York for over two decades. His book Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw) has received critical acclaim. Acting as a fiduciary by serving on non-profit boards has shaped his practical problem-solving approach and perspective.

Business disputes form the core of Mr. Dowd’s practice. He works with a lean, experienced team, including trusted experts, to contain, avoid, minimize, and settle disputes. Matters often involve foreign law and conflict-of-laws principles, service or discovery in foreign jurisdictions. Mr. Dowd regularly represents television broadcasters in disputes relating to brand protection and content distribution in the United States, particularly anti-piracy work. Ground-breaking litigation to recover artworks lost during World War II has gained amicus curiae support from Holocaust survivors and heirs.

Mr. Dowd represents individuals, corporations, non-profits and governments in a wide range of matters. Trust and estates matters include contested probate proceedings through trial and disputes involving, trusts, heirship and decedents’ estates. Contested matters include copyright and trademark disputes, shareholder actions, business dissolutions, contract disputes, licensing disputes and contested audits or accounting proceedings, including bench and jury trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, emergency applications for injunctive relief, quashing subpoenas, obtaining, enforcing and collecting judgments.

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Maria Spear Ollis

Attorney

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A lot of attorneys pull off the suit look; it’s certainly possible. Wearing a suit just isn’t “me.” Even while in law school in New York I remember thinking to myself that I didn’t want to work for a firm that would require me to wear a suit every day (and if that meant foregoing the coveted “big firm” route, so be it).

So I took a different route. I worked in-house at CMT (Country Music Television) almost directly out of law school, sharpening my contracts skills. After that, I worked for 5+ years at a small Nashville intellectual property and entertainment law firm where, yes, I sometimes wore a suit. Litigation will do that to you.

Since August 2015, though, I’ve been wearing a different uniform: Owner and Attorney at Spear IP. And now I can’t imagine it any other way. My clients understand; many are entrepreneurs or small business owners themselves and thrive in the business owner seat.

Speaking of clients, people in Nashville, Detroit, and across the country often contact Spear IP feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, unprotected, or otherwise insecure about their intellectual property and related business contracts. Helping creative professionals and businesses feel prepared, confident, and at ease when it comes to IP, contracts, and related processes is the reason why I do what I do.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unprotected when it comes to your IP, you’re looking for peace of mind and the freedom to be creative without IP or contractual legal issues looming over your head, and you prefer jeans over suits, give Spear IP a call.

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Yvette Ayala

Attorney

Yvette Ayala is a senior associate at the Rogero Law Firm. Ms. Ayala was born and raised in Miami, where she pursued an undergraduate degree at Florida International University. She earned a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in English before ultimately delving into the study of law at the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Ayala is fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish.

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Sonia Lakhany

Attorney

Sonia Lakhany is the owner of Lakhany Law, PC, an award-winning bicoastal trademark law firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Newport Beach, California. In addition to her law practice, Sonia teaches a variety of courses for other attorneys on practicing trademark law as well as rainmaking, marketing, and branding.

She is considered a national expert in her field, having been recognized and featured by several notable publications such as Bloomberg, Entrepreneur Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Business News Daily, USA Today, and CBS.

Sonia earned her law degree at Emory Law School and her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California. She can be reached via her website

(lakhanylaw.com) or her Instagram account (@trademarklawyerlady).

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Ramona P. DeSalvo

Attorney

Ramona P. DeSalvo concentrates her practice in copyright, trademark, and entertainment law at DeSalvo Law Firm PLLC, in Nashville, Tennessee.  She also lectures at Nashville School of Law, teaching intellectual property and entertainment law.   Previously, Ms. DeSalvo was an assistant professor in Middle Tennessee State University’s Recording Industry Department, where she taught copyright and legal issues in the recording industry.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law.  Ms. DeSalvo is admitted to practice in Tennessee, Ohio, and California.  She also is admitted in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee, and the Southern District of Ohio.  After practicing for years on Music Row, she joined a Nashville firm handling complex copyright litigation (In Re Napster, Bridgeport Music Litigation and Eight Mile Style/F.B.T. Productions).  In 2011, she returned to private practice full time.

Ms. DeSalvo is an American Bar Fellow, a Nashville Bar Fellow, and a member of NARAS, Copyright Society of the South, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Lawyers’ Association of Women (Immediate Past President), the State Bar of California, and Music Row Administrators Group.

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