Jaia A. Thomas is a bi-coastal sports and entertainment attorney. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Thomas is a graduate of Colgate University (BA) and The George Washington University Law School (JD). She also holds a Certificate in Television, Film and New Media Production from The University of California, Los Angeles.
Ms. Thomas frequently assists sports and entertainment professionals with transactional and intellectual property matters. She frequently assists clients with the selection and registration of federal copyrights and trademarks. She has been cited as an intellectual property expert in such publications as The New York Times (Sports Stars Seek Profit in Catchphrases) and USA Today (Colin Kaepernick Defends Move to Protect Personal Brand).
Ms. Thomas also assists an array of television and film professionals. She drafts, analyzes and negotiates option agreements, distribution agreements and product placement agreements. She also assists with production company formation and maintenance. Her clients have had projects featured on both network and cable television.
Ms. Thomas has served as a panelist for such organizations as the Los Angeles Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association and District of Columbia Bar Association. She has also had scholarly works published in the American Bar Association and National Bar Association. She is a legal contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and Uptown Magazine and is also a frequent guest on HuffPost Live.