The Law Office of Christy L. Foley was founded in 2012 to help filmmakers, musicians, authors, athletes, production companies, artists, graphic designers, fashion designers, event planners, social media influencers, and small business owners of all kinds protect their work.
Christy helps clients successfully secure trademarks and copyrights, handle infringement issues, negotiate/draft contracts (including commercial lease agreements), negotiate/draft freelancer agreements, and expand their businesses by adding new employees (among many other things).
Prior to opening her own firm, Christy worked with boutique law firms in New York City that represented filmmakers, musicians, and elite athletes.
Additionally, Christy's experience made her a sought-after instructor. She was a professor at Full Sail University for over a decade and now teaches at the University of Central Florida.
Christy is admitted to practice law in both New York and Florida. In Florida, she is also admitted to the Middle District Federal Court.
She graduated from the City University of New York School of Law with honors.
Plus, she obtained her undergraduate degree from Boston University (in broadcast journalism), where she also graduated with honors.
Prior to attending law school, Christy worked in television broadcasting. She worked for multiple news stations (including NBC Olympics, MSNBC, and ESPN) as a researcher and associate producer.
Christy herself was an athlete and musician growing up. She competed at the national level in figure skating when she was in college. She also played multiple instruments (including the piano, clarinet, and bass clarinet).
As a result of her athletic and musical experiences, Christy understands firsthand the dedication you have to your craft - and how important it is to you, which puts her in a unique position to work effectively with you.
Christy serves as an officer in the Florida Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Section.
She is also a sought-after speaker who has presented a number of nationwide seminars on entertainment law issues, such as social media influencer law.
In November 2016, Christy's article, "Do You Own Your Own Personal Brand? In Figure Skating, the Answer is Not Too Clear", was published in the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Journal, Landslide.
In August 2012, Christy's article, "Suing Ourselves: How Our Need for Smartphones Allows Apple & Google to Act like Big Brother", was published in the New York Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Journal.
In addition to practicing law, Christy has been certified as a county court mediator in Florida since 2011, certified as a circuit civil mediator since 2019, and certified as an appellate mediator since 2020. She is also a Florida Supreme Court trained qualified arbitrator.
In 2016, Christy was appointed to Florida's Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee ("MEAC"). Since July 2018, Christy has served as Chair of the committee.
Moreover, Christy is an officer in the Florida Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. She is also the Section's Membership Committee Chair.
Plus, Christy served on the American Bar Association's Publications Review Board for dispute resolution manuscripts and served as the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Committee for Solo and Small Firms.
Finally, Christy manages a mediation firm called E-Mediation Services, which she founded in 2018.
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