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  • Description
    As comic book stories and characters have come to dominate everything from theatres to video game consoles, ancillary markets such as merchandise and digital publishing, have flourished as well. Presented by prominent attorneys in the comic book industry, this CLE course will present recent trends in the business and the fundamentals of representing industry clients. The course will explain how to build a solid intellectual property foundation and related contracts, publishing properties and agreements from the prospective of agents and creators and hot trends for industry attorneys.
  • Instructor Bio

    Thomas Crowell

    Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm's New York office. He is also the Director from Practice, emeritus, of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts. He is the series editor of the Focal Press "Pocket Lawyer for...." series of legal guide books and author of both "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry: "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators" (Focal Press 2014). Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum Laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Lillian Laserson

    Lillian Laserson, Esq. is a sole practitioner representing artists, writers, producers, publishers, and others in transactional matters primarily involving publishing, licensing, copyright, and entertainment law. She is head of legal and business affairs for Playing on Air, producer of short contemporary plays for public radio and podcast. Prior to forming her own firm, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DC Comics where she established and ran the company’s in-house legal department for twenty years.

    Matthew Tynan

    Matthew Tynan, Esq., is a transactional attorney specializing in the preparation of intellectual property agreements and the protection of client copyrights and trademarks. Areas of focus include film, publishing, and new media. Mr. Tynan earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2012. Prior to law school, he worked in film production and development, and received his undergraduate degree from Oxford University. He is currently a member of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the NYC Bar Association and is a contributor to the book "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Books" (Focal Press).

    Jeff Trexler

    Jeff Trexler, Esq. (JD, Yale; PhD, Duke) is an attorney and Associate Director of the Fashion Law Institute. Jeff has worked with media and fashion clients from around the world on issues ranging from start-up formation and tax strategy to corporate ethics and intellectual property.

    Katie Lane

    Katie Lane, Esq. is a comic book and entertainment attorney from Portland, OR, and the founder of In addition to her legal practice, Lane works to improve creators' legal literacy through articles, workshops, and DIY tools. She tweets about law, negotiation, and Star Trek from @_katie_lane and you can email her at

    Jason Yarn

    Jason Yarn, Esq. has been an agent for ten years and an attorney for six, working in the literary department and business affairs at Paradigm Talent Agency before going out on his own. His agency represents award winning and #1 New York Times bestselling authors of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, in addition to handling film and television rights.