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.
Additionally, Francine provides pro bono services to a number of individuals and nonprofits including: Legacies in Motion, a charity dedicated to helping under-served children and their families throughout the world; The Felix Organization, a charity that provides opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system; and California Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit that empowers the creative community by providing education, representation, and dispute resolution.
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 Vice Chair of the Right of Publicity Committee and Vice 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:
- Copyright Registration
- Legal advice regarding the selection of a trademark that CAN be protected
- Trademark Search AND Analysis
- Registered Trademark
- Trademark Prosecution
- Responding to USPTO Office Actions
- Legal advice regarding sweepstakes & contests
- Contract Preparation
- Contract Review, including Publishing Agreements and other Author Contracts
- Advice regarding Nonprofits
- Advice regarding the appropriate type of business entity, e.g., limited liability company (LLC) vs corporation
- Business Entity Formation
- Preparation of Estate Documents, including Trust, Will, Healthcare Directive, Power of Attorney, and Assignment of Assets
Whether you are just getting your business started or you’re a seasoned business owner, Francine’s 27 years of experience in business and intellectual property law will provide you with the expertise and competent guidance you need to protect your content, your brand, your business structure, and your estate.
Here’s what one satisfied client says about Francine…
“I hired Francine Ward to provide me with legal advice, trademark assistance, and to help me develop contract documents during my business startup. She is a pleasure to work with, and very knowledgeable, responsive, and client-focused. I highly recommend her to other entrepreneurs who are looking for legal support for IP, contracts, and general business matters.” Posted by Keiko, Business Owner
Francine’s clients include small business owners and entrepreneurs – just like you. She helps you protect what’s yours – your valuable content, your products and your services, your brand, your business structure, and your estate.
Francine offers a no-obligation consultation to find out if her service fits your needs. Feel free to give her a call at any of the contact numbers or fill out the contact form and we will be in touch to set up a mutually agreeable time to chat with Francine – at no obligation or cost to you.
Francine is a 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, is active in leadership in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section, as well as the State Bar of California’s Copyright Interest Group.