Owen Prell (Of Counsel)
practices in the areas of corporate, securities, transactional and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on private placements, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment and other copyright and trademark-based issues. Mr. Prell has lectured and written on business, copyright and entertainment law, and actively represents authors, filmmakers, artists, broadcasters, publishers, software and multimedia producers, and other content providers with respect to business formation, website construction, license negotiation and drafting, and related issues.
In the areas of media and entertainment law, Mr. Prell has an active practice representing publishers, producers and content providers in all facets of business, entertainment and intellectual property law issues. As outside counsel to Chronicle Books, Mr. Prell specializes in advising on the drafting and negotiation of complex, multi-party publishing agreements between the client and authors, producer-packagers and sublicensees. He has also advised broadcasters (e.g., KRON-TV) and wireless service providers (e.g., Plus W Networks) on issues related to FCC compliance and other telecommunications concerns. In addition, Mr. Prell represents many writers and artists on a wide range of entertainment-related issues. For example, he advises Jason Lewis and Expedition 360, the world’s first human-powered global circumnavigation project, on such matters as consultant work-for-hire agreements, agent and manager representation, sales of Internet, educational video, television and other media rights to cable broadcasters and publishers, and organization of both for-profit and non-profit entities.
As a corporate lawyer, Mr. Prell has represented numerous start-up and emerging companies in all aspects of business law, including entity choice and formation, capitalization, employment, antitrust and strategic alliances. Mr. Prell regularly handles private securities and debt issuances on behalf of both companies and venture investors, including drafting private placement memorandums and related documentation to facilitate offerings under various Reg. D exemptions to registration under the Securities Act of 1933. He also routinely advises businesses on management and ownership issues, including structuring multiple-class equity ownership, creation of employee stock ownership plans and serving as general counsel to boards of directors.
As an adjunct to his corporate practice, Mr. Prell represents companies in the field of mergers and acquisitions, both in the sale of assets and equity interests, including advising on tax-related characterizations and restructurings. This practice includes jurisdictional identification and compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, as well as identifying disclosure requirements, compliance and other issues involved with international transactions.
A signification portion of Mr. Prell’s practice involves intellectual property. He represents clients in identifying, protecting, enforcing, and licensing Internet domain names, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. With the advent of eCommerce, such practice has evolved to include advising on appropriate website content, links and disclaimers.
Mr. Prell serves as a panel attorney and program lecturer for California Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization which provides attorney referrals and other law-related services to artists.
Born Santa Monica, California, September 8, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, California; Education: University of California, Los Angeles (A.B., Philosophy, 1983, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1986). Editor, Cornell Law Review (1984-86). Author: various articles on business and entertainment law in Cornell Law Review, Business Lawyer, Asia-Pacific Law Review, and San Francisco Attorney). Languages: French. Panel Member, California Lawyers for the Arts (1995 to present); Member, Bar Association of San Francisco (Business and Entertainment Sections); State Bar of California (Corporate and Intellectual Property Sections).