Owen’s practice focuses on media, technology, and business transactions. He represents individual content creators, established corporations and emerging growth companies. Owen has lectured and written on copyright and entertainment law, and he actively represents authors, filmmakers, artists, broadcasters, publishers, software and multimedia producers, SaaS start-ups, and other companies with respect to entity formation, capitalization, intellectual property protection and licensing, and related issues. The common denominator is the wisdom and passion he brings to find creative, practical and cost-effective solutions to his clients’ needs in the rapidly evolving world of digital commerce.
Owen began his legal career at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco and later he co-founded the boutique Bay Area-based Art Law Group where he represented a diverse clientele of Silicon Valley technology companies, multinational corporations and cutting-edge artists and publishers. Since returning to his native Southern California and joining One LLP, he has enjoyed expanding his practice to suit the unique vibrancy and diversity of the area’s economy.
In the entertainment field, Owen has negotiated numerous deals in behalf of bestselling authors, award-winning filmmakers, established literary agencies, book publishers, broadcasters and studios. With the expansion of internet-based content and the intersection of online markets with more traditional business models, his work increasingly combines all aspects of corporate, technology and media law, and he brings a comprehensive array of skills to the table when counseling both emerging growth and established businesses. Priority is placed on identifying, protecting, monetizing and developing all aspects of i.p. – trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets – while integrating these assets into an overall strategy of enterprise management (including office lease review, employment vs. independent contractor evaluation, and board issues), capitalization (including LLC/stock offerings, debt issuances, and cutting-edge instruments such as Y Combinator’s “Safe” convertible notes and equity crowdfunding), and corporate transactions (including strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions).
Owen’s background as a produced playwright, award-winning screenwriter and software entrepreneur gives him a first-hand understanding of the intersection between technology, the arts and law.
- Chronicle Books
- Byliner, Inc. (funded by SoftTech VC, CrunchFund, Random House Ventures; acquired by Vook/Pronoun)
- Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra
- Sara Gruen (author of Water for Elephants; Ape House)
- Kiria Koula Gallery
- Tangerine Ink (BeingHuman.org; Penguin Group)
- Freestyle Capital
- Anita Amirrezvani (author of The Blood of Flowers; Equal of the Sun)
- Camio (funded by Greylock Partners, Floodgate Fund, Box Group, Marissa Meyer)
- McEvoy Media Group
- Golden Gate Parks Conservancy
- Janis Cooke Newman (author of Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln; A Master Plan for Rescue)
- Metaform Systems
- Question Why Films (Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (PBS); Regarding Susan Sontag (HBO))
- APG Records
- Chicken & Egg Pictures (After Tiller (Oscilloscope/PBS); Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (HBO))
- Foghouse Productions (R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe)
- Labyrinth Publications
- GeneroCity Capital
- MediaOne Studios
- Pitfire Artisan Pizza
- Jim Campbell (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, Whitney Museum, SFMOMA)
- HMI Capital
- Cornell Law School – J.D.; Editor, Cornell Law Review.
- University of California, Los Angeles – A.B. in Philosophy, with College Honors; Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
- California Bar Association – Member
- Orange County Bar Association – Entertainment and Intellectual Property Sections
- OCTANe – LaunchPad participant
- California Lawyers for the Arts – Panel Attorney