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Represented a start-up in connection with its licensing of top social media influencers' content, trademarks and rights of publicity for its line of collectible toys.

Drafted and negotiated approved supplier agreement for a national franchisor.

Drafted and negotiated software development, software license and SaaS agreements for a consulting services company in connection with its development of a customized engagement platform for its end-customers.

Advised a personal care services company on intellectual property, data security and privacy matters in connection with the multi-million dollar sale of its software management system business.

Drafted joint development, patent license and manufacturing-supply agreements for a fabrication and machining company in connection with the development, protection and commercialization of an invention and related products with applications in a variety of industries and markets.

Advised the artist, author and producer of a multi-sensory, multi-media tribute to New Orleans on intellectual property matters related to the protection and commercialization of his works.

Drafted privacy policy, terms of use and end-user license agreement for a FinTech start-up's website and mobile app.

Assisted a charter school with education privacy compliance matters.

Regularly represents and counsels a variety of companies on managing their brands, including the clearance, registration, protection and licensing of their trademarks.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Smith is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. Private Sector (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and is a member of various professional organizations, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, and the Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Louisiana Chapter and helps to organize the annual Louisiana's Got Talent Small Business Expo. He is a frequent speaker at local incubators and accelerators, where he presents on legal topics at the intersection of intellectual property, technology, and business.

Prior to joining Stone Pigman, Mr. Smith worked as a Teach For America corps member, teaching middle school math, science, and social studies in the Greater New Orleans area.

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Presentations

"Copyright Licensing in the Open Access Movement: Introduction to Open Source Software & the Creative Commons," at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Speaker Series, Tulane University, October 2018.

"Successfully Monetizing Digital Operations: An Introduction to Negotiating Software Development, Software License & SaaS Agreements," New Orleans BioInnovation Center, September 2018.

"Boilerplate for Web Browsing?: The Role of Website Privacy Policies," Louisiana State Bar Association Social Media: Law, Policy and Tips program, August 2018.

"Successfully Monetizing Digital Operations: An Introduction to Negotiating Software Development, License & 'as-a-Service' Agreements," Louisiana Technology Park, July 2018.

"Internet Public Policy in Action: U.S. Data Security and Privacy Laws from the Business and Consumer Perspectives," New Orleans Citizens Diplomacy Council, March 2018.

"Introduction to Reading Contracts for Entrepreneurs," Urban League of Louisiana’s Women-In-Business ("WIB") Challenge accelerator program, November 2017.

"No HR Department, No Problem: Employee-Related Legal Matters for Emerging Companies," New Orleans BioInnovation Center, September 2017.

Publications

Coping with the Death of the Bargain Without Burying the Spirit of the Law: A "Foundational" Approach to Comparative Law and Its Application to Adhesion Contracts in Louisiana, 76 La. L. Rev. 1277 (2016).

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Education

Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, J.D., 2016

  • Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law
  • Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy
  • Managing Editor, Louisiana Law Review
  • Order of the Coif

Tulane University, B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science and B.S. in Economics, 2011

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2011 Paul Tulane College Award in Economics
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