Legal Counsel for the Digital Age
Legal Counsel for the Digital Age
Join us and embrace the alternative view.
JOHN M. BEGAKIS - John@altViewLawGroup.com
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science, and thereafter earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2011. From the beginning, John's practice has focused on representing entertainment professionals of all types, from writers and producers to social media influencers and digital content creators. Today, John also represents start-up companies of all sizes and industries on matters ranging from corporate formation and financing, to IP registration and enforcement, and employment litigation.
John has a passion for entrepreneurship. In 2014, he co-founded a real estate technology start-up called abohd, LLC, and currently sits as Chief Executive Officer. This passion, and on-the-ground experience, helps him provide the best, most cost effective counsel for young, burgeoning companies. John is also active in the community, serving on the Board of the charity Young Santa Monica. When he's not working, John is probably traveling, exploring remote destinations, and pondering his next business idea.
JASON W. BROOKS - Jason@altViewLawGroup.com
Raised in Southern California, Jason graduated from UCSD in 2002 with a B.A. in Communications. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006 and returned to Los Angeles to pursue his legal career in the entertainment industry. In his spare time, Jason is also an LA County Ocean Lifeguard and an avid surfer. If meeting in an office isn’t your thing, Jason is happy to schedule a consultation or strategy session out in the water.
MAX HACKER - Max@altViewLawGroup.com
Max’s practice is focused on transactions, licensing, counseling and brand management for clients at the intersection of digital media and entertainment. He represents a broad range of clients, including writers, producers, musicians, influencers, and start-up businesses. Max specializes in intellectual property (trademark and copyright) registration and protection, entity formation, sync licensing, publishing, PRO issues, royalty collection, and a variety of negotiation and drafting, including management agreements, producer agreements, and band/partnership agreements. Growing up in and around the LA entertainment business, Max has always been passionate about entertainment as art, and relishes the opportunity to help talented, creative people make smart choices to protect their content, their brand and themselves.
Max graduated from Southwestern Law School in 2013 and is licensed to practice in both the State of California and State of New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara, majoring in Law & Society and minoring in Sports Management. Max volunteers as an Ambassador for Sofar Sounds shows all over LA and prefers being outdoors as much as possible.
HILLARY KANE (Of Counsel) - Hill@AltViewLawGroup.com
Born and raised in Southern California, Hillary graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology. She obtained her JD from Southwestern Law School, and then returned to UCLA to earn a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining the AVLG team, Hillary served as general counsel to Body Glove International for ten years, sitting as Vice President of Business Development for six of them. In her role as Body Glove's global brand ambassador, Hillary developed an expertise in international branding and business. More recently, Hillary served as trademark counsel to Telemundo, Golf Channel, Universal Picture Licensing, and other NBCUniversal subsidiaries.
Hillary offers a unique blend of business and legal services for established businesses, start-ups and non-profits. Her clients from a variety of industries, including the action sports, automotive, pet services, event venue and promotion, crowd funding, apparel and entertainment industries. For the past six years, Hillary has taught popular IP elective courses at Southwestern Law School under the Biederman Institute of Media and Entertainment Law. Hillary is also a self-proclaimed dog person, and holds a leadership role at the New Friends Homeless Center.
MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION COUNSEL
Digital technology today has put the power of creation directly into the hands of the creator. From live-action production, to podcasts, live-streams and social media, we understand that the world is now a virtual stage and you are the talent, the producer and the director. We can help guide you through broad landscape of available media platforms and distribution channels to exploit, distribute and monetize your content and your brand.
BUSINESS LAW & STRATEGY
Building a successful business begins with a solid foundation. Choosing the right type of business entity, preparing corporate governance documents, properly classifying your employees, and establishing sound HR procedures are all essential to success. As your "outside" in-house counsel, we help lay the foundation, and provide on-going support with drafting and negotiate outside vendor and service agreements.
MUSIC INDUSTRY COUNSEL
Whether you're an established songwriter or a DIY musician operating in the digital space, exploiting and protecting your creations is of the utmost importance, now more than ever. We have experience across the music industry, including publishing and licensing agreements, Performance Rights Organization issues, and leveraging our connections to get your music into the right hands.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & BRAND MANAGEMENT
Intellectual property (IP) rights are one of the most important and valuable assets for your business and brand. We know what steps it takes to ensure that your IP is properly registered and adequately protected form unauthorized exploitation. And we have experience doing it in many different industries. From brand names to logos, creative works to trade secrets, we are your registration, management and enforcement expert.
From writers to producers, actors to musicians, influencers to brands, we treat every client in the AVLG family like our number one client. Entertainment is a relationships-based industry and we pride ourselves on effective communication and availability. We've been around, and we've successfully negotiated all types of deals with many of the major players, including ABC, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Relativity Media and VICE News.
Sometimes disputes are unavoidable, and when they are the AVLG team is here to help. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in many different types of civil litigation matters, from breach of contract disputes to theft of trade secret actions. We pride ourselves in obtaining pragmatic and creative settlements. More importantly, we keep costs low, so that our clients have a competitive advantage when settlement is unattainable.