The Unintentional Entrepreneur, Part IIMs. Jordan presents Part Two of her step-by-step blueprint on how to start your own business. With information customized to the particular goals and dreams of the audience, Ms. Jordan nevertheless is able to serve up practical information which can be put to use immediately by anyone contemplating starting a business.
Part Two highlights copyright basics, domain name and intellectual property protection for information-services and other start-ups. Part One on video (structuring the start-up) can be viewed at the 40Plus offices.
Laura E. Jordan, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney with a law degree from Georgetown University, has represented some of the world's largest and best-known corporations. She was formerly with the Washington, D.C. office of the New York firm Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol, where she represented Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Sears, Roebuck & Co., and Louis Vuitton, among others.
Ms. Jordan also has significant business experience at Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, and Monsanto Chemical. Additionally, Ms. Jordan served on the personal staff of a United States Congressman as a legislative analyst.
Ms. Jordan left Reboul, MacMurray in 1996 to join Jordan, McNeil & Ricks, P.C. as a name partner, and subsequently established The Law Offices of Laura E. Jordan, P.C. Ms. Jordan is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, several federal courts of appeal, several federal trial courts, and is lead counsel certified in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ms. Jordan's practice includes corporate counseling; civil litigation; arts, entertainment and sports law; and parents' rights. A significant portion of her clients are international entities.
The Firm's corporate counseling practice focuses on problem-solving, risk management, and control. Ms. Jordan offers solutions for issues in venture creation, formation, and financing; corporate governance, control, and continuity; and challenges encountered in growing the business. Representative clients include Computer Literacy World, Inc., an information solutions company providing computer hardware and software solutions to government and private sector clients; Wisconsin Avenue Collection, a purveyor of distinctive estate collections of art, antiques, and jewelry to the public and to the designing trade; and From Zero, Inc., an international business consulting firm with offices in the United States and Japan identifying opportunities and providing project solutions to the public and private sectors.
ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPORTS LAW
Ms. Jordan's arts, entertainment and sports law practice involves preparation and negotiation of recording and distribution deals and other contracts; protecting clients' rights in their work; negotiating and securing merchandising and related promotional deals; and protecting clients' work from unauthorized use, including copyright infringement and trademark counterfeiting actions.
Ms. Jordan's clients include independent film and television production companies, record labels, production and sound companies, casting agencies, talent management firms, international professional sports concerns, the first African-American female drag racer, recording artists, screenwriters, authors, and poets. Ms. Jordan also represents, pro bono, Miss Precious Thomas, a nationally-known youth inspirational speaker living with AIDS. Representative clients include Redskins Magazine, Inc.; Shooters Sports, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of urban sports apparel; and Genius, Inc., an international think tank focusing on innovative solutions to complex business problems, with clientele in the United States, Japan, Europe, and Africa.
Host, "The Art of Law with Laura Jordan" (formerly "Legally Speaking with Laura Jordan"), radio talk show about legal issues of interest to the community.
Member, Board of Directors, Washington Area Music Association.
Frequent lecturer at entertainment industry seminars.
Director of the Law and Justice Clinic, NCAA National Youth Sports Program at the University of the District of Columbia, a program providing youth opportunities for educational and athletic achievement and enrichment.
Counsel, Youth Visions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) international youth leadership program providing youth the opportunity and the means to travel abroad, to acquire valuable experience, and to establish relations academically, economically, and athletically.
Counsel, The Bob Hayes Foundation, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacy of "The World's Fastest Human, Bullet" Bob Hayes, the only person ever to win an Olympic gold medal and an NFL Super Bowl Championship.
Faculty Member, National Women's Business Center, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, lecturing on legal issues relating to venture formation, organization, and financing, and risk management.
Ms. Jordan is closely involved in the home-school associations of several area schools. She is an active member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the national Black Women in Sport Foundation. She has also been inducted as a full voting member of The Pigskin Club, whose motto is "Democracy in Sports."
Ms. Jordan resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their five children.