Francine Ward is Of Counsel at Monty White, and heads its Business and Intellectual Property Law Group, as well as managing its Palm Desert, CA office. She is a 1989 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. Francine’s IP focus is on copyrights, trademarks, Internet, publishing, and entertainment law issues. In her business law practice, she reviews, prepares, and negotiates a variety of contracts, and advises clients on the proper selection of appropriate business entities.
Francine’s clients include authors, musicians, designers, reality television personalities and business owners, startups, entertainment companies, and charitable nonprofits that are building a brand, protecting an existing brand, developing content, starting a business, writing a book, or composing music. Her clients may be collaborating on the creation of content, being sued for copyright or trademark infringement, wanting to sue someone for copyright or trademark infringement, or just needing advice regarding internet law related issues.
Additionally, Francine provides pro bono services to a number of individuals and nonprofits including: Legacies in Motion, a charity dedicated to helping underserved children and their families throughout the world; The Felix Organization, a charity that provides opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system; and California Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit that empowers the creative community by providing education, representation, and dispute resolution.
Francine is a 1989 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC with a Juris Doctorate degree,
Graduated from Hunter College in New York City in 1986 with a BA,
Attended the Universiy of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1981-82.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
An active member of the legal community, Francine serves her profession in many ways:
Member, Advisory Board to the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP);
Member, ABA Intellectual Property Law Section (ABA-IPL) Council,
Vice-Chair, ABA-IPL Section Right of Publicity Committee,
Vice-Chair, ABA-IPL Section Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee,
Co-Chair, ABA-IPL Website and Social Media Subcommittee of the Women in IP Committee,
Starting in the Fall of 2017, Francine will be teaching intellectual property and contract drafting at the California Desert Trial Academy of Law in Indio, CA.