Dana Newman Interview

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Dana Newman is a transactional business and intellectual property attorney specializing in emerging growth companies, technology and literary law. She helps businesses and creators reach their goals by advising them on how to manage risk and prevent legal problems. She's currently a partner in The General Counsel, LLC, an innovative legal services organization that provides cost effective in-house general counsel services on a part-time or interim basis to emerging-growth to mid-size companies in a wide variety of industries. In addition, she maintains her own practice focusing on business and legal advising, negotiating and drafting contracts, intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), technology, and literary law.

She represents authors as both an attorney and literary agent. Dana has extensive in-house legal experience at companies involved in entertainment and communications technologies: for over 14 years, she was General Counsel and Secretary for Moviola, an entertainment technology industry leader with offices in Los Angeles and New York.

She was a key management team member for Moviola and its affiliates (Paskal Lighting and Magnasync Corporation), where she advised senior management on all aspects of business and legal affairs, including contracts, human resources, insurance, intellectual property, corporate governance, and litigation management. Dana has also managed an extensive intellectual property portfolio of trademarks and copyrights, and has written and edited a wide variety of business documents, including corporate and employment policies, software manuals, advertising materials, RFP responses, and book proposals. Dana graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Comparative Literature in 1989, and completed her law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1993. She was an extern to the Honorable Robert Takasugi, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. An avid runner, Dana recently finished the LA Marathon. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two daughters.

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