M.E.T.A.L.™ Law Group, LLP is comprised of highly skilled attorneys that primarily practice business and intellectual property law in the innovative industries of Media, Entertainment, Technology, Action Sports, and Lifestyle Brands. The firm primarily serves as "virtual" in-house counsel for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovative businesses, ensuring that that its clients are operating properly and not exposed to risk.
Richard Jefferson practices in the areas of intellectual property law and business law, and represents clients within the media, entertainment, technology, action sports, and lifestyle brands spaces. He began his legal career working at Virgin Records America, Inc. in its legal and business affairs department. Thereafter he held associate positions McDermitt, Will & Emory and a boutique entertainment and sports firm. In early 2003 he co-founded M.E.T.A.L. Law Firm, LLP. Mr. Jefferson has extensive experience in putting together ventures, negotiating deals, managing intellectual property portfolios, and protecting brands within many different fields, including music, television, film, fashion/apparel, animation, e-commerce, video gaming, beverage, and interactive entertainment. Over his career, he has represented entertainers, athletes and entrepreneurs in negotiations with major companies, including Universal Records, Universal Music Publishing, Capital Records, EMI Publishing, Warner Brothers Records, Warner-Chappell Music, Electronic Arts, PepsiCo, Disney, Nickelodeon, E! Entertainment, Comcast, NBCUniversal, Nordstrom, Sony Music Entertainment, Pioneer, Tapout, Intuit, and OWN Network.
He is an active member of the Intellectual Property Law section of the California State Bar, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, National Association of Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. (The Grammys). He also serves on the Entertainment Alumni Association Board of Directors for the Biederman Entertainment and Media Institute.
Richard earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University and received his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School where he participated in the prestigious accelerated two-year SCALE program.