Melanie Howard’s practice focuses on data privacy and security and intellectual property issues within the context of both litigation and transactional matters. She represents clients from a variety of industries, including advertising, automotive, technology, entertainment, media and retail. Ms. Howard regularly counsels clients on intellectual property matters attendant to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing and endorsement deals and other complex commercial transactions. She is experienced in drafting and negotiating a variety of technology and data-related agreements, including in connection with e-commerce, social media platforms and applications, web development, and technology licensing, including software-as-a-service agreements. Ms. Howard also has extensive experience in copyright and trademark infringement disputes, false advertising cases, right of publicity cases, and entertainment contractual disputes, along with a wide array of Internet-related intellectual property disputes, including Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) proceedings.
Ms. Howard was an assistant professor at Pepperdine Law School for three years, where she taught mediation at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and created a new course in Social Entrepreneurship & Microfinance, which was offered both at the law school as well as the Graziadio School of Business & Management. While at Pepperdine, Ms. Howard directed both the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion & Ethics, and was instrumental in obtaining endowments for both programs. Ms. Howard continues to enjoy adjunct teaching and guest lecturing.