Alethea Pounds is an Associate in the Firm’s Atlanta, GA office of Wong Fleming. Alethea has experience in corporate law, intellectual property, general liability, employment litigation, technology transfer, and entertainment including, film, television, literary, music, and animation. In addition to working with producers in connection with all aspects of the creative process from development to distribution, Alethea also provides strategic legal advice to organizations and companies, including emerging companies and entrepreneurs, on various matters involving financing, labor & employment, commercial real estate, vendor disputes, intellectual property, brand integration, advertising and marketing, and other general business matters.

Alethea has extensive experience advising colleges, universities and research entities regarding a wide range of legal issues, including: (i) technology transfer, SBIR/STTR grants, sponsored research, and export controls; (ii) Title IX compliance and strategic planning; (iii) FERPA, HIPAA and other privacy issues; (iv) academic issues including student and faculty matters; (v) intellectual property advice and assistance; (vi) policy formation; (vii) business regulation and compliance; (viii) collegiate sports issues; (ix) public records requests; and (x) identifying, assessing, and managing legal, regulatory, and related reputation risk.

Alethea previously served as the Assistant General Counsel at Morgan State University where she provided legal advice and counsel on a variety of areas, including business transactions, intellectual property, student affairs, compliance and legislative affairs.  Prior to joining the Office of General Counsel, she was the Director of Technology Transfer where she was responsible for building the University’s technology transfer function.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Oversaw production counsel work for independent films, documentaries, and television pilot programs.
  • Incorporated businesses and counseled clients on tax-exempt entity formation, organization and regulation, prepared and reviewed confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and other business contracts.
  • As a former Director of Technology Transfer, assisted a university successfully file its first utility patent application

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate Law
  • Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law
  • Employment Counseling and Training
  • Employment Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Higher Education
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology Transfer

ADMISSIONS

  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

PROFESSIONAL HONORS, AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Recipient, Howard Bremer Award from the Association of University Technology Managers (2004)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Entrepreneurial Development and Assistance Center (2004 – 2006)

SPEECHES

  • “Dallas Austin Present, The Block, I’m A Writer” (Symposium, Goizuetta Business School at Emory University, Panelist, 2008).
  • “Are your Rights Protected? Legal Rights in the Entertainment Business” (Sweet Auburn Film Festival, Panelist, 2007).
  • “Music for the Masses: Make Sure It Has a Chance to Get Them!” (Atlanta Film Festival, Panelist, 2006).

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Life Story Rights: Who Needs ‘Em?” (Co-Author, 2007)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Syracuse University (2000)
  • City University of Hong Kong (Summer 1997)
  • B.S., Morgan State University (1996)