Experience at Work
Pete is an experienced intellectual property attorney whose practice is focused on advising large and small companies and entrepreneurs regarding the creation, protection and use of intellectual property, in both litigation and transactional counseling, particularly in the media, technology and entertainment industries.
He is an experienced General Counsel, who currently serves in that role for Coolfire Studios, LLC (an entertainment content creation studio) and MedAware Solutions, Inc. (a mobile software platform company focused on the healthcare industry).
Pete has represented television production companies, independent film projects, digital entertainment companies, musicians, artists, talent, music labels, authors, and independent producers in connection with their business formation, deal structure, network contracts, publishing contracts, rights acquisition, IP licensing, and copyright and trademark protection.
He has represented software development companies from formation through Angel and Seed investment to Venture Capital investment, as well as in connection with protection of intellectual property, business structure, software licensing and development contracts, and employment and independent contractor relationships.
Pete is also an experienced intellectual property, entertainment, and trade secret litigator and trial attorney. He has represented comic book authors and publishers, tattoo artists, toy companies, musicians, and artists in infringement, right of publicity, joint authorship, and breach of contract cases, and numerous companies in litigation to protect their trade secrets.
In the Community
Pete is an Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University Law School, where he teaches an upper-level seminar on Intellectual Property for Creative Businesses, and regularly serves as a guest lecturer at Webster University on Legal Issues in the Entertainment Industry for its Professional Development in Film, Television, and Video Production program.
He serves on the Boards of The Angel Band Project, which provides music therapy programs for victims of sexual violence, and St. Louis Earth Day, and is a member of the Executive Board of the St. Louis University Billiken Club.
He is also a below-average guitar player who surrounds himself with far more accomplished musicians and can occasionally be found around town playing rock-and-roll with the bands “Eighty-One” and “The Occasionals”.