M.J. Williams offers practical, client-centered counsel and representation on trademark, copyright, and Freedom of Information matters to creative businesses, creatives engaging in business, reporters, media companies, and political activists.
M.J. brings real-world experience to the table, a love for challenges and problem-solving, and a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to joining Wissing Miller, she built and ran her solo legal practice at M.J. Williams Law following her tenure at one of New York’s oldest law firms, renowned for its intellectual property and media law practices. Before practicing law, M.J. worked with artists and art institutions, such as the Whitney Museum for American Art and the National Gallery in Prague, for over 15 years.
Trademarks & Copyrights: M.J. advises on selection, clearance, creation, and collaborations. She also obtains and maintains trademark and copyright registrations in the U.S. and stewards trademarks’ and creative works’ international protection. She counsels and represents owners on trademark, copyright, domain name, privacy rights and disputes. M.J. also regularly advises on and papers licensing and transfers of creative work and brands.
Freedom of Information: M.J. also has a robust Freedom of Information counseling and litigation practice with a particular focus on obtaining release of government records from New York and federal prisons and law enforcement agencies.
- J.D. cum laude, Brooklyn Law School
- B.A. with distinction, University of Michigan
- New York
- U.S. District Courts, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PRESENTATIONS
- “Advising New Ventures & Small Businesses,” Panelist, Brooklyn Law School Business Boot Camp, January 2022
- "How to Report on the Police (#FOILthePolice)," Panelist, Study Hall and Gumshoe Group, June 2020
- "Whose Rights?: A Start-Up Case Study in Six Acts," Guest Lecture, Start-Up Law, Brooklyn Law School, September 2019
- "FOIL Wars: The Fight for Accountability," Panelist and Co-Organizer, Continuing legal education (CLE) program, New York County Bar Association, May 2019
- "Freedom of Information Law for Journalists," Guest Lecture, Social Journalism workshop, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, February 2019
- Overcoming a §2(d) Likelihood of Confusion Office Action, Alt Legal Blog, 2022
- New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Sponsors Significant Expansion and Toughening of New York’s Anti-Slapp Law, Media Law Resource Center 2012
- "Local and Specialized Outside Counsel," Chapter 20, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, ed. Robert L. Haig, Thomson Reuters Westlaw & Association of Corporate Counsel 2010
- Framing Art Vandalism: A Proposal to Address Violence Against Art, Brooklyn Law Review 2009
- The Sense in Yawning, Fuse Magazine and Umelec 1999