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Linda Joy Kattwinkel has been a visual artist for over 50 years, and an attorney and mediator for the arts community for over 25 years. She received her law degree cum laude from Hastings College of the Law in 1991, where she studied copyright law with The Copyright Law Journal's founder, Neil Boorstyn. After serving for three years as law clerk to federal judge Claudia Wilken, Northern District of California, she joined Owen, Wickersham & Erickson in 1995, where she is now Of Counsel. Ms. Kattwinkel's practice focuses on all aspects of copyright law, as well as trademark, arts law and publicity/privacy rights. She represents authors and artists in all disciplines with respect to copyright registration, infringement, litigation, licensing and publishing contracts. Notable clients include Sanrio (Hello Kitty), Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), and illustrators Craig Frazier and Michael Schwab.

An active member of the Copyright Society of U.S.A., Ms. Kattwinkel recently served as Chair of its Northern California Chapter. She speaks frequently on matters of copyright and arts law, including for several national CLE Visual Arts & the Law Conferences, and national and regional conferences of the California State Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, and many arts and design organizations. In 2014-15 she was a member of the Working Group of the U.S. Department of Commerce Multistakeholder Forum on Improving the Operation of the DMCA Notice and Takedown System, and has served as oral argument judge in many Saul Lefkowitz Western Regional Moot Court Competitions in Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Law. Ms. Kattwinkel writes frequently on copyright and intellectual property rights matters. In addition to The Copyright Law Journal, she is the author of Legalities, an online column on legal issues for artists and designers. She is a co-author of the AIGA's Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services, and a writer and editor of legal content and sample forms for the GAG Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. Other writings include articles published by Hastings Women's Law Journal, AIGA, GAG Guild News, STEP Inside Design, and Adorno Ensemble ScoreXchange. She serves as a mediator and early neutral evaluator as a member of the ADR panel for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She is a long-time member of California Lawyers for the Arts, where she serves as a speaker, panel attorney, mediator and arbitrator, and mediation trainer. She has also served as mediation coach for several classes at University of California's Berkeley School of the Law and Hastings College of the Law.


Since its inception in 1984, The Copyright Law Journal has been a labor of love for Neil Boorstyn, its founder and sole author through the March-April 2016 issue, which he wrote just before his death in March 2016. A legend of the copyright bar, Neil was an enthusiastic and prolific scholar who practiced and litigated copyright and computer cases, was a teacher at four major law schools, an author of two treatises, and a frequent speaker at national and state conferences. Neil joined Owen, Wickersham & Erickson as Of Counsel in 2015, after spending the previous 25 years as Of Counsel at Bingham McCutchen. In accordance with Neil's wishes OW&E is continuing to publish The Copyright Law Journal. Our subscribers will continue to have online access to a searchable database of hundreds of past issues written by Neil since 1996.

Neil's well-earned reputation is founded on more than 50 years of practical legal experience. Mr. Boorstyn was a member of the New York and California Bars, and specialized in copyright and computer law and litigation. He chaired the Copyright Committee of the California State Bar, served on the Executive Committee of the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Section of the State Bar, chaired the Software Protection Committee of the San Francisco Bar, and chaired the Industrial Products Committee of the International Patent & Trademark Association. He was a frequent speaker at associations such as the A.B.A., the California State Bar, the Copyright Society, the Federal Bar (U.S. Copyright Office), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and was a Guest Lecturer at the Judicial Seminar on the Protection of Computer Software given before the Supreme Court of Taiwan. He was also appointed Special Master by the Court in A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc. In addition, Mr. Boorstyn has taught both copyright and computer law at Hastings College of the Law, U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall), U.C. Davis Law School, and Golden Gate University School of Law. Notable clients included The Beatles, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Sony Corporation, Warner/Chappell Music, and Frank Gehry.

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