Chris Meazell is a Partner who solves complex business problems through advocacy and counseling. Mr. Meazell represents clients in a wide range of matters including contract and content licensing disputes, business torts, cases involving trade secrets and unfair competition, patent, copyright and trademark infringement, as well as bankruptcy litigation and the direction of regulatory and legislative strategy and compliance. He has particular expertise representing media companies of all sizes. Prior to law school, Mr. Meazell was a professional musician with extensive recording and performance experience.
- Successfully defeated or resolved numerous patent infringement claims through litigation, USPTO proceedings and negotiation. Representative technologies include: livestreaming software, radio broadcast automation, network security database access, and structured news release generation and distribution systems.
- Successfully defended auction house from civil RICO claims relating to titling of sold goods.
- Negotiated multi-party management and royalty sharing agreements among recording artists.
- Resolved long-running dispute over streaming royalties for resurrected vintage television programming.
- Defeated suit seeking TRO and injunctive relief to stop broadcast of top-rated reality television show.
- Resolved cross-border partnership and export dispute involving Canadian Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
- Successfully served as special communications counsel in various reorganizations and resolved numerous issues for clients faced with bankrupt counter-parties, such as use of cash collateral, 363 sales, stay relief, and various transfer actions.
- Appointed as Special Attorney General for the State of Georgia for purposes of providing prepublication review to the University of Georgia Press.
- Managed team of 30+ attorneys in large-scale natural resources trial on behalf of State of Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
- Directed various state legislative proposal and amendment campaigns to expand markets for clients’ products.
- Dow Lohnes, PLLC (now Cooley LLP), Partner
- Covington & Burling, LLP, Special Counsel
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Washington D.C. Super Lawyer – Intellectual Property (2017, 2018)
- Named One of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®
PRO BONO AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Substantial pro bono commitment to refugee asylum cases
- Work with CAIR Coalition and the DC Bar Intellectual Property Clinic
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Wake Forest University School of Law, Professor of Practice
- Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth at the University of Oklahoma, Mentor
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
- The False Claims Act, Whistleblowers and the Fight Against Fraud, Waste and Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars, 82 OKLA. BAR J. 5 (2011) (with Marcia Bull Stadeker).
- Georgia Court of Appeals Dismisses Defamation Suits Against Employee Whistleblower and Private Citizen, MLRC MEDIALAWLETTER (Media Law Res. Ctr., New York, N.Y.), Jun. 2005, at 45.
- Georgia Supreme Court Confirms That Anti-SLAPP Statue Contains Both Substantive and Procedural Protections, MLRC MEDIALAWLETTER (Media Law Res. Ctr., New York, N.Y.), Jan. 2005, at 23.
- Georgia Court of Appeals Dismisses Humane Society’s SLAPP Suit Against Whistleblower, MLRC MEDIALAWLETTER (Media Law Res. Ctr., New York, N.Y.), Dec. 2003, at 30.
- Libel Case Against Eagle Scout Taken From Jury, MLRC MEDIALAWLETTER (Media Law Res. Ctr., New York, N.Y.), Nov. 2003, at 15.
- Note: Being and Embeddedness: The Abandoned Shipwreck Act’s Historical Proxy is All at Sea, 34 GA. L. REV. 1743 (2000).