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Francine D. Ward, Esq.


Francine Ward is Of Counsel at Monty White, LLP, a San Rafael, California full-service law firm. She heads the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Law Group and manages its Palm Desert, California office. Her IP focus is on copyrights, trademarks, social media legal issues, and publishing law. In addition, Francine’s secondary practice is in the area of estate planning.

Ward is a 1989 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Francine’s clients include authors, musicians, designers, reality television personalities and business owners interested in 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  social media related issues.

Ward is an active member of the American Bar Association and is a leader in the organization’s 19,000+ Intellectual Property Law Section (IPL). She is a member of the IPL Council, the section’s governing body and chairs the Attorney Wellness Committee.

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.

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

Read additional testimonials here.

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. Contact her by phone 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.

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