About


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Vanover Legal, LLC was founded in 2015 and primarily serves clients in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property (trademark, copyright, and right of publicity), and business law. By founding my own firm, I am able to focus my practice on the areas of law I enjoy, and I have the autonomy to serve my clients at reasonable prices. Using the skills I developed after years of working as an attorney at an e-commerce retailer and as a public relations professional, I prefer to collaborate with my clients to meet their legal needs and to empower them with the knowledge they need to help themselves in the future. I know how to quickly and effectively deliver the advice and guidance my clients need without unnecessary expense. I am based in the Milwaukee area, and I am licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois. I also blog about business and legal issues affecting the comic book and entertainment industries at ComicsLawyer.com, and I am the author of Comics Startup 101: Key Legal and Business Issues for Comic Book Creators (Note: affiliate link here and below).

 

EDUCATION

Marquette University Law School

Juris Doctor

University of Illinois                                                                         

Master of Science in News-Editorial Journalism

Bachelor of Science in News-Editorial Journalism  

BAR ADMISSIONS

Wisconsin Supreme Court, May 2008

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, May 2008

Illinois Supreme Court, November 2008

BAR ASSOCIATIONS

American Bar Association, 2008-Present

  • Chair, State of Wisconsin, ABA Golf, 2015-2016

Wisconsin Bar Association, 2008-Present

Chicago Bar Association, 2008-Present

Milwaukee Bar Association, 2008-Present

  • Co-chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, 2015-2019

PUBLICATIONS

ComicsLawyer.com

Author, Comics Startup 101: Key Legal and Business Issues for Comic Book Creators (1st ed. 2017).

Author, Methods for Protecting Public Domain Characters after Klinger v. Doyle Estate, Ltd., Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, vol. 33, no. 1, page 49, Fall 2016.

Co-author, Intellectual Property in Wisconsin (2nd ed. 2016).

Case Note, Figueroa v. United States, Intellectual Property News, State Bar of Wisconsin Intellectual Property Section, Spring 2007 .

PRESENTATIONS

CLE Presentation, Comic Books and Intellectual Property, Chicago Bar Association, April 17, 2018.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Contracts, C2E2, April 6, 2018.

Presentation, Is Fan Art Legal?, Indiana Comic Con, March 30, 2018.

Presentation, Intellectual Property & Copyright 101, Capricon 38, February 17, 2018.

Presentation, From Page to Screen – The Legal Journey, Capricon 38, February 16, 2018.

Presentation, Is Fan Art Legal?, Wizard World St. Louis, February 3, 2018.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for Comic Book Creators, Wizard World Madison, September 23, 2017.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Intellectual Property Issues in Making Comics, Wizard World Madison, September 22, 2017.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Intellectual Property Issues in Making Comics, Wizard World Chicago, August 24, 2017.

CLE Presentation, Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Entertainment Law, National Sports Law Institute, Marquette University Law School, June 27, 2017

Guest Lecturer, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for Comic Book Creators, International School of Comics – Chicago, June 14, 2017.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for Comic Book Creators, C2E2, April 21, 2017.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for Comic Book Creators, Wizard World St. Louis, April 9, 2017.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Intellectual Property Issues in Making Comics, Wizard World St. Louis, April 8, 2017.

CLE Presentation, Intellectual Property and Comic Books, Milwaukee Bar Association, March 21, 2017.

Presentation, Intellectual Property Basics, 42 Business Network, Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 19, 2016.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for the Independent Comics Creator, Wizard World Chicago, August 20, 2016.

Guest Lecturer, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for the Independent Comics Creator, International School of Comics – Chicago, June 16, 2016.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for the Independent Comics Creator, Wizard World Philadelphia, June 5, 2016.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for the Independent Comics Creator, Indiana Comic Con, April 29, 2016.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for the Independent Comics Creator, Wizard World Madison, April 9, 2016.

Presentation, Comics Startup 101: Legal and Business Tips for the Independent Comics Creator, Wizard World St. Louis, April 2, 2016.

CLE Presentation, The Licensee’s Perspective: Merchandise Licensing of Trademarks and Copyrights, Milwaukee Bar Association, February 16, 2016.

CLE Presentation, 3rd Party Intellectual Property and Domain Registry Notices – Trolling, Fishing, or Scamming?, Milwaukee Bar Association, March 18, 2013.