Laura is an associate in the Milwaukee office, but frequently works out of the Madison office. Laura’s background working with international businesses, non-profits, and individual artists provides her with unique insight into her clients’ legal needs. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, business transactions, and trusts and estates.
Laura is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin.
Laura works on a variety of intellectual property legal matters. For copyrights, Laura has experience in registering the work, analyzing claims of fair use, enforcing rights against infringement, terminating a copyright grant, and drafting licensing and publishing agreements. From her work in the entertainment industry, Laura has been on both sides of the negotiation table: as a rights holder and as a rights acquirer, which is beneficial in her current practice.
For trademarks, trade secrets and patents, Laura has experience in running clearance searches for potential marks, registering marks, enforcing rights against infringement, and trademark, trade secret, and patent litigation.
Laura understands the challenges that businesses experience from both legal and business perspectives from working at international companies. Laura worked at a Chicago film equipment and production company with international distribution where she oversaw the development of a new digital strategy, the launch of a new product line, and a new educational video series. Laura also worked at Blue Man Group Productions at their headquarters in New York where she produced videos for Blue Man Group’s brand identity and managed national special promotions. This required a strong knowledge in contracts, negotiations, project management, and employee management. Laura worked in the Business Affairs office at ICM Partners (a talent agency in New York) where she researched and drafted contracts and agreements on behalf of clients, including agreements for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
She also has experience working with numerous non-profits and their boards. During law school, Laura worked at a non-profit organization that helps low-income artists and non-profit organizations with legal needs. This included drafting non-profit formation documents, liability waivers, nondisclosure agreements, and memorandums on rights of publicity.
Trusts and Estates
Laura has experience in drafting wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. She is also versed in probate and trust administration.
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude)
- Dean’s List
- Dean’s Academic Achievement Award
- Pro Bono Society Member (Awarded Distinction for 150+ Hours of Pro Bono Service)
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society (President, Symposium Editor)
- Moot Court Board Member
Columbia University (M.F.A.)
University of Southern California (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
- Dean’s List
- Discovery Honors
- Thesis: Silver Sparrow Productions: The Journey of a Fledgling Company (Awarded USC Discovery Scholar Prize)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
State Bar of Wisconsin
American Bar Association
Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
Madison Women in I.P.
Laura regularly guest lectures at universities and non-profit board of directors’ meetings on subjects related to intellectual property, arts administration, non-profit management, and commercial producing.
Laura loves discovering new trails and parks with her brown standard poodle puppy, Wendall. Outside the office, Laura enjoys standup paddle boarding, cheering on the USC Trojans, Packers, and Brewers, creating hand embroidery, and collecting vinyl records. Laura also loves to travel and recently visited Cuba.
- Wisconsin Wills for Heroes, Legal Volunteer
- Dane County Time Bank Youth Court, Former Advocate Judge
- Junior League of Milwaukee, Active Member and Grant Making Committee Member