Attorney | strategist | party guest extraordinaire
I’m a New York City-based attorney and digital strategist with over a decade of experience advising clients and organizations on the practical applications of an increasingly digital world. I’ve represented a wide variety of clients in the entertainment, fashion, e-commerce, arts, advertising, nonprofit, and media industries. Presently, I spend most of my time serving as in-house counsel for a nonprofit healthcare organization, but also make time to advise select clients on intellectual property, contracts, and business strategy matters.
Prior to practicing law, I was engaged as a social and digital media strategist for large, international organizations. This experience infuses my law practice with a unique perspective and insight into the spaces in which my clients build, promote, and protect their businesses. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working in other diverse fields including anti-violence advocacy, race and ethnicity relations, criminal and family law, and legal marketing.
When I’m not wearing my lawyer hat, I’m planning a trip, laughing in the group chat, snuggling with my cat, watching movies, starting (not finishing) a book, and generally trying to love life.
B.A. | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D. | Temple University Beasley School of Law
LL.M | Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
New York State
Areas of Focus
Currently Into: Parisian cocktail bars, historical Fiction on Netflix, my cat's purpose in life, high-cut swimsuits, K-Beauty, designing a backyard oasis, yogurt in glass containers, champagne on weeknights, and hitting “unsubscribe”.
FashionNova Accused of Knocking off Another Independent Designer | Fashionista | 2019
12 Tips for Growing Your Twitter Following | ABA Law Practice Today | 2015
#GrapeGate: An Old Lyric Inspires Renewed Debate | Forbes | 2015
Objection: A Real Lawyer Fact Checks How to Get Away with Murder | Jezebel | 2014
Feminist Role Models? Scandal Could Learn From Grey’s Anatomy | In These Times | 2014
Stand with Planned Parenthood: Lessons from Crisis Response Campaigns | The NonProfit Times | 2012
Fired Over Facebook: The Reaction | On Being a Black Lawyer | 2012
Podcasts & Presentations
Make it Make Cents: Protecting Your Business | #IRLCONN | May 2019
Legal Basics | Craft Industry Alliance | May 2018
Know Your Rights | Freelancer's Union | June 2017
Jenny Odegard and Nakia Hansen | Alt Trademarks Podcast by Alt Legal | 2017
Private Lives, Public Spaces: A conversation on privacy, anonymity, and safe spaces online | DVAP Advisory Group | 2014
There for the Taking: Protecting your intellectual property and avoiding infringement | DVAP Advisory Group
HipHop/Pop Culture Influence on Youth | National Resource Center on Domestic Violence | 2014
Blackface Christmas | Postbourgie | 2012
Drive More Revenue from Your Social Strategy | PivotCon | 2012
Stand with Planned Parenthood: A Crisis Response (Audio) | SXSW Interactive | 2012
What do you need?
Contracts: drafting, review, advice
Business strategy consulting; thought partnership
My fave! Research, strategy, registration, maintenance, and counsel for your trademarks.
Too much legalese? Not sure what an indemnity is or why it’s in there? Need another pair of eyes on a document to ensure you’re not getting screwed? Need a brand new contract customized for your unique business/project? Cool, I can help with that.
Engage me as a strategist to act as a thought partner in developing ideas, weighing options, staying accountable, and planning for the future — whether your business/project is just a baby or you’re transitioning to the next level. Let’s discuss how we might work together to help you get unstuck. Select engagements only.