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Attorney Ashley Couch, Of Counsel

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

  • Artist who focuses on representing other creative entrepreneurs

  • Small business, BigLaw, non-profit, government (county, state and federal), and high level entertainment industry experience

  • Focused on catalyzing positive community transformations through the intersections of art, philosophy and collaborative action

Bio:

Ashley is an artist, attorney, theorist, graduate student, music fiend, nature lover and activist. She has lived in 3 countries and 8 states and is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Tennessee. Her legal practice focuses on supporting creative entrepreneurs launch, protect and grow their businesses.

Ashley went to Duke University where she majored in Public Policy and Visual Art/Art History and interned for a few years at the Duke Primate Center where she spent her days hanging out with lemurs before moving to Italy to study art at SACI. She attended law school at the University of Denver, learning the basics of lawyering plus lots of environmental and entertainment law in the Rockies and interning for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Rock the Earth, K.O. Sports and AEG Live in Concert Promotions. She was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, President of Phi Delta Phi legal ethics honors group, a Staff Editor for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and the Secretary for the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Society for a few years. She also learned to ski and saw some epic outdoor concerts.

After law school, Ashley moved to Nashville to shadow the greats in music law, intern for Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts and serve as a TA for an Intellectual Property Law Class. Once she passed the Georgia Bar, she was hired onto King & Spalding’s Atlanta team as a Tort and Environmental Litigation Project Attorney before moving to Knoxville where she became General Counsel and Vice President for a multi-state dealership chain based in the Appalachians.

In 2012, Ashley launched her own practice where her clients included touring bands, solo artists, visual artists, authors, app developers, managers, publishers, record labels, small business owners, actors and producers with both film and television projects. She also represented clients in traffic, criminal, intellectual property, domestic relations, estate planning, and civil litigation cases and was a contract public defender for a few years. She next joined Live Nation, first as an Artist Rights Consultant and then as Associate Counsel where she supported their Productions and Sponsorship divisions, negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements with touring artists, athletes and brands for live streaming, festivals, virtual reality content, movies and more. She was more recently credited for her legal work in P. Diddy’s Can’t Stop,Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story and Lady Gaga’s Gaga: Five Foot Two.

In 2018, Ashley moved to Portland to earn an MFA in Visual Studies and MA in Critical Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She currently works with international touring artists in various genres, producers fusing activism with art with projects at major film festivals, brands and companies whose creative content includes important political messaging, law firms, alternative arts practitioners and disruptive leaders in business. Her pro bono work has included matters for TN Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts and GA Lawyers for the Arts and she has been active in multiple bar associations, including service as the Co-Chair and Content Editor for the American Bar Association (ABA), Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industry 2015-2016 and Vice Chair of Committees 2016-2017. She is a published author and frequent speaker at academic and entertainment industry events.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys creating giant and hard to transport art installations, spending time with her husband and zoo of rescue pets, running wildly long marathons (very slowly), traveling, saving the planet and rocking out to all the live music she can find.

 

Attorney Joel Corcoran, Of Counsel

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His (but will accept any pronouns offered with good intent)

  • Multipotentialite (attorney, scientist, government affairs expert, and part-time adventurer)

  • Business, government, and non-profit experience

  • Focused on helping community builders and organizers fully engage with government and society

Bio:

A native Midwesterner, Joel grew up in Nebraska and Illinois before attending Oregon State University where he earned a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Genetics (minor in Political Science), and almost completed a second graduate degree. He then spent three of the best years of his life at the University of Oregon School of Law.

After graduating law school, he achieved modest success as a patent attorney – a job he adored, except for the part about actually writing patents (which he was tolerably decent at). He enjoyed a diverse domestic and international practice in all areas of intellectual property, specializing in biotech and pharmaceutical patents and various forms of plant variety protections.

He then moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as a science and technology policy advisor and an attorney just long enough to get tired of The Beltway Mentality. He loves the city, always looks forward to visiting, but knows he is not cut out to be a full-time resident.

After returning to Oregon, he worked on his own as an attorney for many years, establishing a niche practice as a part-time general counsel for creative companies and nonprofits. He also helped fellow attorneys and other professionals (doctors, nurses, architects, etc.) with ethics codes and related matters. He currently works as a government attorney and maintains a small law practice on the side – Reluctant Cynic Legal Services – as means to afford to stay in his day job. He also spends a bit of time as business manager and game designer for Jetstream Applications, a local app development firm.

Joel spends much of his free time as a board member, tour guide, and event planner for Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery. He is also an experienced gaymer, exuberant actor and storyteller, increasingly better poker player, and fumbling knitter. He tries to remain a loyal servant to the Russian Blue cat that adopted him a few years ago. After settling into a newly constructed accessory dwelling unit, he has returned to baking and cooking regularly, looks forward to picking up knitting again, and may eventually finish that television screenplay he started six years ago.


 

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