“Nice work, Scott. I can't tell you how much I appreciate having you by my side.”Maggie Mathews, VP, USAopoly
“Thank you for your help and for being available during this process. It’s stressful but made easier with your counsel.”Eitan Kramer, Co-Founder, MORFboard
“Wow! Incredibly clear and helpful!! Thank you, Scott!”Lenny Herbert, Lenny Herbert Games
“THANK YOU for everything you've added to our success. I want you to know how much I appreciate & trust you as both a professional & a friend.”Michelle Mullen, Partner, Tiger Bleu Productions
“It is so great to have your support on our side, we appreciate it.”Shannon Gabor, Founder & CEO, Clever Creative
“THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ROCK!!!!!”Jim McCafferty, President & CEO, JMP Creative
I'm the big firm lawyer with the home office attitude.
I started at O’Melveny & Myers (L.A. & D.C.), handled business affairs at Equity Marketing & have run my own firm for over 15 years. I embrace a personal style of respect, communication, & informality that connects with clients no matter their title or background. My big thrill is being a silly daddy for my daughter.Let's Talk
My Full Bioarrow_drop_down_circle
I grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Analysis. I then graduated from U.S.C. Law School, where I served on the editorial board of the law review and was awarded the Order of the Coif for excellence in scholarship.
I began my legal career at O'Melveny & Myers, a 130 year old international law firm. As a member of the transactions group in their Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., offices, I structured multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions and specialized in creating and analyzing complex financial investments.
After that, I managed all Business Affairs for Equity Marketing, Inc. At that time, Equity Marketing manufactured virtually all of the Kids Meal premiums distributed by Burger King, and operated a consumer products division featuring Scooby Doo toys, Tub Tints, and Headliners licensed collectible figures. I advised on all aspects of the business including agency-client agreements, license agreements, national promotions, and packaging and safety issues.
This diverse experience – large law firm, in-house, my own shop – gives me unique perspectives and skills, combining the rigor of the ivory tower’s high legal and ethical standards with a deep understanding of competing business interests and risks. Instead of merely spouting law, I work closely with clients to learn their business and help them navigate the ever-changing and challenging environment to grow business, license concepts, and leverage brands and technologies.
I have guest lectured at New York International Toy Fair, Otis School of the Arts, Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management, and U.S.C. Law School. I have been active in the community and volunteer efforts and was awarded the 2007 Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award by Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
I’m easy to reach and easy to talk to, regardless of your background, experience or position. Some of my clients have been with me for over ten years. I get referrals from people who were on the other side of my deals. I take the time to make everything understandable. I work out of my home (that office address is a mail box). I’m happy to meet at your office or Peets or wherever.Let's Talk
I work with a broad range of companies, creators, consultants and agencies, providing strategic and legal advice, commercializing intellectual property, and negotiating transactions.
I negotiate contracts and business deals, provide general legal and business advice, and register trademarks. I work extensively with license agreements, distribution deals, and agency and client contracts.
I am your general counsel and sounding board. I work with everyone from the boardroom to the breakroom. I speak four languages: legal, marketing, creative and finance.
More than just handling tasks, I apply my insight & wide breadth of knowledge to bring clarity to complex situations, craft innovative solutions & create lasting partnerships.
I analyze opportunities from legal, financial, marketing & artistic perspectives to identify key goals & execute plans for achieving them.
Throughout our work together, I focus on your specific needs & sensitivities. I believe in under-lawyering. My goal is to achieve your goal in the most cost effective way possible.
For Toys, Apparel, Mobile Games And Other Products
For Both Inventors And Manufacturers
For Day-To-Day Issues, Risk Assessment, And A Confidential Sounding Board For Your Decision-Making.
To Find The Right Directions And Partners
For Buyers And Sellers
Options, Rights Agreements & Shopping Deals
For Major Artworks In Significant Spaces
For Consultants, Agents, & Marketing Agencies
Agreements for Promotional Programs, Commercial
Tie-Ins, & Capsule Designs
Domestic & International
LLC, Corp., & Shareholder Agreements
Registrations & Clearance
I work with:
Toy & Game Companies • Professional Inventors • Mobile Game & App Developers and Publishers • Apparel Designers • Kickstarter Startups • Marketing & Creative Agencies • Artists • Consumer Electronics Companies • Consultants & Agents • Health & Beauty Companies
My current and former clients include: