Becoming the CEO of Your Own Career

Recorded On: 05/04/2018

“If only I were running things.” How many times have you heard that all too familiar refrain in the workplace? What happens when you make the move to start your own firm and really run things? 

In this webcast, meet three attorneys who have started their own IP-focused firms of different sizes and in different locations. If you are considering starting your own firm, or have always been curious, the panelists will shine a light on the challenges, stumbling blocks and rewards of setting out on your own.

No matter where you are in your career, or the type of firm you envision, you will gain useful insights from this panel—from becoming the tech expert to managing social media to bringing in clients.

  • Best practices for social media
  • Servicing international clients
  • Understanding business basics
  • Geographical and regulatory hurdles to starting a law firm
  • Ongoing issues and hurdles that are part of the business process
  • Day-to-day challenges as your firm grows (business, employees, collections)
  • Technology as a facilitator of or obstacle to development
  • Advice to lawyers considering making the leap


Michael Lee (Moderator)

Morrison & Lee LLP (United States)

Michael (or GeekAttorney on Twitter) is a Founding Partner at Morrison & Lee LLP and represents some of the biggest names in the world of YouTube, esports, and entertainment. He has successfully litigated high profile intellectual property matters across the Unites States with these cases leading to hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments. Michael helps creators protect themselves and their creations through intellectual property registration, enforcement, licensing and litigation.

For well over a decade, Michael has focused his practice on all aspects of intellectual property matters including registration, licensing, protecting, and enforcing the rights of trademark and copyright owners. Michael has vast experience creating, implementing and overseeing brand protection programs for some of the most prestigious luxury, technology, entertainment, and gaming companies in the world. Michael also focuses his practice on esports and developing up-and-coming comic book artists, game developers, musicians and other start-ups. He helps these companies formulate a business model including corporate organization, drafts necessary contracts and documents, and advises on brand protection. Michael is a featured lecturer on the convention circuit and blogs about the latest developments in the law at

Michael joins the firm as a Founding Partner after spending eight years at the law firm of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP. While at his previous firm, Michael was a Partner in the Intellectual Property and Emerging Businesses groups. Prior to being a Partner at Gibney, Michael was an Associate at the firm of Sargoy, Stein, Rosen & Shapiro, LLP protecting the intellectual property rights of major music, motion picture and tech companies.

Mariana Noli


As the founder and manager of NOLI IP SOLUTIONS, PC, Ms. Noli oversees the overall operations of the law firm. 

Ms. Noli maintains a diverse practice preparing, prosecuting and managing domestic and foreign trademark and patent portfolios for a large assortment of clientele across a variety of industry sectors. She assists clients in identifying the best types of intellectual property to obtain based upon business objective, product type, product life, distribution channels and territories, and budget considerations.

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, J.D Emphasis: International Corporate Law, Special Recognition: Honors Diploma (2001)

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property Law, Copyright, Trademarks, Digital Media, Foreign Practice, IP Licensing & Enforcement

Southern District of California (2014)
Northern District of Illinois (2012) Central District of California (2011) State Bar of California (2006) Buenos Aires, Argentina (2003)

English, Spanish, basic Italian, German

Chinyere Okorocha

Jackson, Etti & Edu (Africa)

Chinyere is a Partner in the Law Firm of JACKSON, ETTI & EDU, Lagos - Nigeria. She is presently the Head of sectors of the firm as well as the sector head of the Pharmaceutical and Health sector.

She was admitted into the Council of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law in August 2016. Prior to that, she served as the immediate past Chairperson of the Intellectual Property (IP) Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law; a Patron of The Law Society, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria, Stakeholders Committee and a member of the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).

Chinyere was nominated as one of Nigeria’s 50 most influential women in the Legal Profession (Business Day Newspaper, April 2011), and has featured in a number of legal guides, including the Trademark Law Practitioners Expert Guides (2012 – 2016) published by Euromoney, UK, Managing IP UK definitive guide to Leading IP Lawyers, as an IP Star, 2014 - 2018. She has also been recognized as one of the worlds’ leading Trademark Professionals for 2017 (second consecutive year), in the World Trademark Report WTR 1000, a UK Publication.

She has over 25 year’s practical experience, covering all aspects of IP, and is internationally recognized as an authority and specialist in this area of the law. At present, she offers advice and is responsible for the portfolio management of a number of blue chip companies, both locally and internationally. In recent years, her practice interests have extended to Foreign Direct Investment, particularly in the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Industry.

She participates in the activities & holds membership of various IP bodies, including the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), Japan; International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), Switzerland. She has served on a number of committees at INTA, over the years, as well as, acted as a guest lecturer, AM 2010, Boston on “Trademark Law & Practice in West Africa and moderated Table Topics at AM Berlin - 2008, San Francisco - 2011 ,Hong Kong – 2014 and the Africa Session in San Diego 2015.

Jaime Rich Vining

Friedland Vining, P.A. (United States)

Jaime Rich Vining practices law at the intersection of IP, Internet, and entertainment. Her focus is on trademark and copyright law as it pertains to the corporate world, entertainment, and the digital marketplace. A Florida Bar-certified Intellectual Property attorney, Jaime counsels clients on the acquisition of new trademarks; conducts clearance investigations; files and prosecutes trademark applications in state, federal, and international jurisdictions; renders availability and infringement opinions; provides defense of related proceedings, such as oppositions and cancellations of registrations; files domain name enforcement actions under ICANN's Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP); and provides legal advice regarding trademarks and related unfair competition issues.

For the past eight years, Jaime has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law teaching trademark law and advanced trademark law.  Jaime serves on the Pro Bono Committee INTA and works on the trademark pro bono clearinghouse pilot program. She also chairs the Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, a position she has held since 2010. 


05/04/2018 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  75 minutes
05/04/2018 at 11:00 AM (EDT)   |  75 minutes