Gavin Law Offices expands into Charlottesville

A Richmond law firm that boasts clients in the entertainment industry has expanded its practice westward.

Gavin Law Office, which was founded locally in 2002, last month opened an office in Charlottesville.

The expansion was prompted by the addition of Elva Mason Holland, a Charlottesville attorney who had a longtime solo practice before joining Gavin.

Firm founder Pam Gavin said she’s had her eye on Holland for years.

“I’ve been trying to get her to work with me forever,” Gavin said. “She’s been solo. She needs more depth to the bench and I’m always interested in growing.”

Gavin said her firm’s practice and Holland’s book of business fit nicely together. Gavin Law represents musicians and a range of businesses, from startups up to large companies, in intellectual property matters. Holland represents talent in the entertainment business.

The new addition brings Gavin’s attorney headcount to six. Its local office is in Henrico County at 2229 Pump Road.

Holland has her bachelor’s and law degrees from UVA.

Gavin, also a UVA grad, began her career in bank marketing, before going back to law school at William & Mary. She started her own firm in 2004 after stints at McGuireWoods and Reed Smith.

Gavin has expanded the firm previously, including by adding a solo practioner in Bedford years back, before that attorney in that office decided to go back out on his own. She said this latest stop in Charlottesville won’t be the firm’s last.

“I’m always planning and plotting,” she said. “Continued expansion is on the horizon.”

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Welcome to Our New Associate, Collin Atkins!

We’re excited to announce that Collin Atkins, a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, has joined our team as part of our expanding business law practice. Collin has spent the last several years working as in-house counsel, giving him an insider’s perspective into the needs of businesses and the legal pitfalls they face. Collin has drafted and negotiated a wide variety of commercial contracts and has advised businesses on issues ranging from formation, to employment issues and sales tax concerns.  With experience serving businesses at all stages of growth, Collin brings additional business expertise to our growing practice.  We are also pleased to offer our clients competitive business law rates for Collin where intellectual property specialization is not needed.

Collin Atkins

U.S.Embassy – New Delhi Invites Gavin as Intellectual Property Ambassador

By: Pamela Gavin

Once again, I have been invited to speak oversees on the topic of intellectual property law. A couple of years ago, the office of the President of Kazakhstan invited me to speak the Astana Economic Forum. See: http://www.akorda.kz/en/national_projects/page_aef_1352527639 for a description of this very impressive world forum.

A few months ago, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, invited me to participate in the “U.S. Speaker Program for India” which is designed to connect U.S. experts with Indian audiences and institutions; to promote an understanding of U.S. strategic priorities, policies, and institutions; and to discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. The program is scheduled to take place through the end of 2016 and offers an opportunity for U.S. experts to travel individually to India on a professional assignment. The program will include speaking engagements, presentations to professional audiences, seminars, media appearances and interviews, and mentorships on a variety of topics. The Embassy has asked me to travel to India to speak about Intellectual Property, Piracy, and the Entertainment Industry in America — one of the key topics for the speaker program in 2016. As part of this program, I will have the opportunity to engage a diverse group of influential Indian audiences including representatives from the entertainment industry, government departments, law enforcement agencies, business and film associations, legal experts, lawmakers, students of business and law schools, and members of the recently constituted six-member think tank set up by the Indian Commerce and Industry Ministry to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy. The Embassy has expressed appreciation for my “wealth of experience, sector knowledge, and ability to discuss issues including: role of the industry and government to revisit existing IPR laws and enforcement strategies that affect the entertainment industry; share U.S. experiences in countering piracy in the entertainment industry; and U.S. and India bilateral and multi-lateral collaboration to enforce stricter IP norms.”

I am thrilled to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the development of intellectual property protections outside the U.S. and am humbled by the opportunities presented.

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