My Silicon Valley-based legal practice focuses on IP licensing and technology transactions representation in the technology, software, biotech, life sciences, medical, and Internet/Ecommerce sectors. My client base includes entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as the general counsel of large, public companies. I work with clients in the United States as well as countries like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, Switzerland & Mexico. My firm has industry experience in a large number of industries, including but not limited to software/SAAS, hardware/HAAS, IT, Internet, online marketing, content licensing, web development, telecommunications, solar, lasers, semiconductors, fiberoptics, biotech, medical device, medical and health care software/SAAS, and health care technology. The firm also regularly files copyright and trademark registrations on behalf of clients.
I am the Founder and Managing Principal of the intellectual property boutique firm, The Prinz Law Office, in the Silicon Valley of California. My practice includes the drafting and negotiation of intellectual property licenses and related technology agreements, with a focus on industries in high technology, life sciences, and e-commerce.
Prior to founding The Prinz Law Office, I was a member of the licensing department in the Palo Alto office of the New York-based intellectual property law firm of Pennie & Edmonds, LLP. I started my legal career in Atlanta, Georgia and am originally from the State of Tennessee.
I currently serve on the High Tech Law Executive Committee of the Santa Clara Bar Association and the Programs Committee of the Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association. I am also active on the Cyberspace Committee of the American Bar Association. My prior service includes a five year term on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, a three year term on the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, two year terms as chairs of the Programs Committee and the VOIP Committees for the Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association, a one year term on the nominating committee for the Science and Technology Section of the American Bar Association, a four year term on the Cyberspace Committee of the Business Section of the California Bar Association, a two year term as the Copyright Committee Sublicensing Chair of the ABA's Intellectual Property Section, and a two year term of the Copyright Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. My prior service also includes membership on the Corporate IP Management Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association and service on Astia's Life Sciences and Entrepreneur Venture Catalyst Program Planning Committee.
Additionally, I have been a regular contributor for the Ask the Lawyer's column on intellectual property law for Lawyers.com; I am the author of The California Biotech Law Blog, The Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog, and The Silicon Valley Software Law Blog; and I am a frequent speaker on intellectual property and e-commerce issues. My media interviews and appearances include Dow Jones, CNN Radio, American Public Radio's Marketplace, The California Lawyer, IP360, and Sky Radio.
I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Furman University, and am a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.
State Bar of California
State Bar of Georgia
Vanderbilt Law School
1995 - 1998
The Prinz Law Office
2004 - Present
Pennie & Edmonds LLP
IP Licensing Associate
2000 - 2003
Firm closed in Dec.2003
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
1999 - 2000
Mozley Finlayson & Loggins LLP
1998 - 1998
In my regular practice, I have a variety of billing packages that I make available to clients, including hourly fees, fixed fees, discounted block fees, and some new specialty packages I've designed to help cash-strapped entrepreneurs and businesses through the recession. I try to deliver fast service to all clients, and to be very responsive. Working with me is not like working with the average lawyer who you can never get on the telephone--I am always happy to speak with a past or current client.
My standard rates are listed above, but I do offer new Elance clients long-term promotional offers. I am also happy to continue working with you after an initial project ends, as my ideal client is a long-term client.