I don’t like to wear suits.
A lot of attorneys pull off the suit look; it’s certainly possible. Wearing a suit just isn’t “me.” Even while in law school in New York I remember thinking to myself that I didn’t want to work for a firm that would require me to wear a suit every day (and if that meant foregoing the coveted “big firm” route, so be it).
So I took a different route. I worked in-house at CMT (Country Music Television) almost directly out of law school, sharpening my contracts skills. After that, I worked for 5+ years at a small Nashville intellectual property and entertainment law firm where, yes, I sometimes wore a suit. Litigation will do that to you.
Since August 2015, though, I’ve been wearing a different uniform: Owner and Attorney at Spear IP. And now I can’t imagine it any other way. My clients understand; many are entrepreneurs or small business owners themselves and thrive in the business owner seat.
Speaking of clients, people in Nashville and across the country often contact Spear IP feeling overwhelmed, uncertain, unprotected, or otherwise insecure about their intellectual property and related business contracts. Helping creative professionals and businesses feel prepared, confident, and at ease when it comes to IP, contracts, and related processes is the reason why I do what I do.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unprotected when it comes to your IP, you’re looking for peace of mind and the freedom to be creative without IP or contractual legal issues looming over your head, and you prefer your attorney in jeans, not a suit, give Spear IP a call.
Maria Spear Ollis: Quick Stats
|Undergraduate School:||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (go blue!)|
|Undergraduate Degree:||Bachelor's of Music (Voice Performance)|
|Undergraduate Activities:||Dicks & Janes A Cappella group (Yes, like Pitch Perfect); server at TGI Friday's; some musical theater|
|Law School:||Pace University School of Law|
|Law School Activities:||In law school, there is only law school.|
|Marital Status:||Husband, Matt (since December 2016)|
|Family Members:||Poseidon, feline (mutt, and king), age 4; Aria, canine (Doberman that thinks she's the size of a cat), age 7 months|
|Geographic Location:||East Nashville|
|Favorite Music:||Lana del Rey, Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Cat Stevens, Frank Sinatra, Chicago|
|Favorite Nashville Restaurants:||This is a tough one. Rolf & Daughters, Five Points Pizza, and Burger Up are all top contenders.|
|Community Involvement + Memberships||Nashville Fashion Alliance (member of the Member Advisory Committee); 5-year member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus; American Bar Association IP Law Young Lawyer Action Group member; Advisor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center; proud sponsor of Creative Mornings (well, Spear IP is)|
|Hobbies:||Cooking (especially Greek food), calligraphy, yoga, barre3, singing|
Why Flat Rates?
Many law firms bill by the hour, mainly because that’s the way lawyers have always done it. That practice sometimes leads to “surprises,” unexpected billable time. and a larger-than-expected invoices reflecting that time. This can put clients in a frustrating position.
Spear IP is proud to offer flat rates in an effort to take the surprise out of the billing process and encourage transparency between client and attorney. This means a fixed or flat fee in connection with each task or project. After all, it’s difficult to protect your work or build a business if you don’t have a clear idea of what you’ll need to invest along the way.
(Of course, if you prefer an hourly rate, you need only make the request.)
These are some of the many packages currently offered by Spear IP. Of course, your needs will depend on the size and type of business. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Set up a consultation here.
|“ASK IP MONTHLY” PACKAGE:|
A monthly service that allows you to call and ask unlimited legal questions in a single month. But note that substantive services, like trademark searches and contract drafting, are not included in this rate.
$275 per month
Two-month minimum. Inquire for details.
|NEW SOLO LAUNCH PACKAGE
Includes initial strategic planning call, one trademark availability search (up to two classes of goods and services); setup of single-member LLC (including operating agreement); filing for LLC federal tax identification number ("EIN"); one professional services agreement template; one work-for-hire/IP assignment agreement; one non-disclosure agreement; and an additional one-hour in-person or telephone consultation to review all contracts
$2710 (not including Secretary of State Filing Fee and Register of Deeds Filing Fee, currently approx. $314.05)
|TRADEMARK AVAILABILITY SEARCH AND OPINION:|
Can you use the brand name you've chosen? Are there risks of rejection by the Trademark Office or by others out there that may be using trademarks similar to yours? This service includes all search time, a detailed opinion regarding the availability and registrability of your trademark, and one post-search consultation to review the results of the search, answer questions, and discuss next steps.
$875 for up to two (2) "classes" of goods and services; $225 for each additional class
|GENERAL COUNSEL PACKAGE:
So many creative business owners want the comfort of having a go-to lawyer to tackle legal issues so that they can focus on creating. With this monthly package, a real, dedicated attorney manages your contracts and licensing inquiries, ensures all new intellectual property is properly protected, and (for specialty matters like mergers and acquisitions or litigation), builds a team of qualified attorneys to quickly and efficiently handle the matter. This package includes one monthly strategic planning call and all services that stem from that call.
Rate depends on size and needs of each business. Inquire for details.