Pamela Gavin

Pamela C. Gavin’s practice focuses in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, as well as in general business matters.

She has extensive experience in U.S. and international trademark registration and enforcement, entertainment/music law, as well wide ranging experience in copyright registration and enforcement, Internet, domain name and e-commerce issues, technology development and licensing, technology transfer, software and related agreements, website development, deployment and compliance review.

Ms. Gavin began her legal career by practicing for over ten years at two “mega” firms – McGuireWoods LLP, and ReedSmith, LLP where she was a member of the Corporate and Intellectual Property practice groups of each. She was also a member of McGuireWoods’ Technology and Venture Capital team, and ReedSmith’s Media and Entertainment team and Marketing and Advertising team.

Education:

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, J.D., 1994; Legal Skills Program – Repeated Honors Recipient
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.S., dual degrees in Marketing and Finance, 1981, cum laude.

Honors:

  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2018
  • Recognized by Enterprising Woman Magazine as “Enterprising Woman of the Year Award Finalist 2018”
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2017
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2014
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2009
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2008
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2007
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2006
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2004
  • Virginia’s “Legal Elite,” as recognized in Virginia Business Magazine by survey of Virginia attorneys, December 2003
  • Recognized by Richmond Magazine as one of the “Top Lawyers” by survey of attorneys, July 1999
  • Lifetime member of the National Registry of Who’s Who in America
  • According to Corporation Service Company’s Trademark Insider, Ms. Gavin personally ranked third nationally in terms of number of trademarks filed 4th quarter, 2007.
  • Ranked Superb on Avvo.

Publications:

  • Trademark: A Rose by Any Other Name…, Virginia Lawyer, April 2016
  • “California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 Goes Into Effect July 1, 2004,” ReedSmith Newsletter, June 2004
  • “Surveys in Prosecuting a Trademark Application,” Vol. 59, No. 12, International Trademark Association Newsletter, July 2004
  • “Problems Barbie and Victoria’s Secret Share,” Chesterfield Business, Feb./Mar. 2003
  • “Technology Legislation Updates,” Greater Richmond Technology Council Newsletter
  • Ring the Bell, Virginia Lawyer, November 1995

Seminars:

  • “Cyber Security: Protect your Business and Yourself” Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, November 2018
  • National Association of Women Business Owners Guest Speaker, June 2017
  • U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, Expert Speaker, April 2017
  • Astana Economic Forum, by Invitation of President of Kazakhstan, May 2014
  • Jefferson Innovation Summit, by Invitation of Governor of Virginia, 2012
  • “How to protect your intellectual property (IP)” at the Asian & Latino International Trade/Business Summit, organized by the Department of Minority Business Enterprise, Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Asian American Society of Central Virginia. May 2013
  • Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce CareerCONNECT guest speaker, August 2012.
  • “Intellectual Property Protection: Pitfalls and Perils.” Organization of Women in International Trade, Central Virginia Chapter (OWIT CVA), April 2013
  • “Perils, Pitfalls and Possibilities of Establishing a Website” – Virginia Planned Giving Study Group, Richmond, Virginia
  • “Intellectual Property Conference” – Richmond, Virginia
  • “Copyright Law” – Richmond Public Relations Professional Development Workshop
  • “International Trademark Strategies” – Legal Quickie for Association of Corporate Counsel – Mar. 2011
  • “Experiences of an IP Attorney” – for William & Mary IP Society – Feb. 2011
  • William and Mary SIPS Panel, Feb. 2011
  • “International Trademark Registration” – Oct. 2010 GRIPLA Meeting
  • Table Topic Moderator, 2008 INTA Annual Session
  • “Sponsorship and Event Marketing” – Association of National Advertisers, Inc. – NY, NY, Sept. 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Advisory Board, SonaBank
  • Former Board Member, National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Former Chair, Virginia State Bar Special Committee on Lawyer Referral
  • Former Vice President, Founding Member & Master of the Bench – Thomas Jefferson IP Inns of Court

Admitted:

  • Virginia, 1994
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Trademark Office (non-patent)