About Joy R. Butler

Joy Butler opened the Law Office of Joy R. Butler in 2002. She has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. degree in economics from Harvard College. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Bars.

Business Law Services

Ms. Butler works with companies and individuals as an advisor in evaluating and forming business relationships that are consistent with their long-term objectives. She provides contract preparation, transactional, and corporate governance services for companies at all stages of growth. Ms. Butler’s business and corporate law experience includes work on contract negotiations, private placement financings, and company sales.

Intellectual Property and Licensing Services

Ms. Butler helps clients resolve questions involving complex questions of copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters. She works on licensing agreements for just about everything that can be licensed including software, mobile apps, international television programming, music, performance rights to theatrical productions, film clips, and ecommerce databases.

Entertainment Industry Services
Ms. Butler helps individuals and companies protect their rights and structure successful projects in music, film, television, book publishing, internet ventures, and new media. She has represented clients negotiating deals with ABC affiliates, BET, Clear Channel, the Cutting Corporation, Dell, Discovery, Hewlett-Packard, NBC affiliates, Orchard Music, Touchstone Television, Twentieth Television (Fox/MY Network), and XM Satellite.

Books, Publications, and Media Exposure
Ms. Butler has been quoted on entertainment and business law matters in numerous publications . Her book publications include The Permission Seeker’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle, The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle, and a practice manual on Contests and Sweepstakes Law. She also blogs about entertainment and intellectual property law and about business issues

You can find more information about Ms. Butler’s media activity, find links to media in which she’s quoted, and listen to her archived media interviews on the Media and Events page.

Past Legal Work Experience
Ms. Butler’s previous law firm affiliations include positions as a business and finance attorney at Reed Smith and as a transactional media and entertainment attorney at a boutique Washington, DC law firm.