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Francine Ward is Of Counsel at Monty White, LLP, a San Rafael, California full-service law firm. She heads the firm’s Business and Intellectual Property Law Group, as well as managing its Palm Desert, California office.
Ward is a 1989 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. Her IP focus is on copyrights, trademarks, Internet, publishing, and entertainment law issues. In her business law practice, she reviews, prepares, and negotiates a variety of contracts, and advises clients on the proper selection of appropriate business entities.
Francine’s clients include authors, musicians, designers, reality television personalities and business owners, startups, entertainment companies, and charitable nonprofits that are building a brand, protecting an existing brand, developing content, starting a business, writing a book, or composing music. Her clients may be collaborating on the creation of content, being sued for copyright or trademark infringement, wanting to sue someone for copyright or trademark infringement, or just needing advice regarding internet law related issues.
An active member of the legal community, Francine serves on the Advisory Board to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, and is a leader in the ABA’s 19,000+ Intellectual Property Law Section (IPL), where she is a member of the IPL Council, the section’s governing body. She is also Chair of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee. Francine has recently been appointed as the IPL representative to the ABA’s Opioid Summit.
Finally, like she doesn’t have enough to do, Francine teaches intellectual property law and contract drafting at the California Desert Trial Academy College of Law in Indio, California. Her practice areas include the following: