Born an artist, I decided that the best way to protect creative folk like myself was to become an attorney. While in law school, I started writing my ebook, Copyright for Artists: Quick and Easy Copyright Protection. Now, this work of authorship is required reading in certain college and graduate level classes.
I am currently Vroom’s General Counsel and first in-house attorney. Vroom is changing the way people buy and sell cars. I am responsible for all things legal.
In 2007, I cannonballed into Etsy as its first in-house counsel and 17th employee. For nearly a decade, I played an integral role in Etsy’s admirable growth from inconspicuous startup, to Certified B Corporation, to publicly traded company.
During my tenure at Etsy, I handled most legal matters, including creating and implementing policies, negotiating substantial business agreements, complying with the DMCA, addressing employment concerns, communicating with the press and Etsy’s community, policing and encouraging certain uses of Etsy’s intellectual property, and even managing litigation.
Today, I am also on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association, I participate on the board of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association, I act as a mentor for the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and advise the Legal Hackers. I previously served as Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association.
My unique background and personal passion for the handmade movement, startups, social entrepreneurism, alternative legal careers, feminism, social media, fashion law, and intellectual property law also manifest itself through international speaking and writing engagements. I have been featured in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine, IgniteNYC, and SXSW, to name a few.