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Auric D. Steele
Louisville, Kentucky
Associate
phone (502) 371-3543
fax (502) 371-9243
email steele@derbycitylaw.com


Auric Steele is an attorney licensed in Georgia, Kentucky, and California. He earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Auric has a diverse multi-state practice which involves state and federal litigation as well as transactional representation in the various jurisdictions in which he practices.

Auric has a background in music and the arts, with his primary interest in law stemming from his experiences in the entertainment industry. In keeping with his background, Auric views creativity as a necessary quality for an effective lawyer and strives in his practice to follow the example of Louisville's own Justice Brandeis, the epitome of a true legal craftsman.

During law school, Auric was President of the Brandeis Intellectual Property Association ("The Brand") and served as Editor in Chief of its online publication: THE BRAND: the Internet Magazine of Intellectual Property. Auric continues to serve as a writer, editor and consultant to this ongoing collaboration between students and graduates of the Brandeis School of Law.

After law school, Auric practiced law in Georgia where he honed his courtroom and transactional skills. His experience with complex civil and criminal matters prepared him for his current role as a member of Seiller Waterman’s robust litigation team. In his entertainment and intellectual property practice, Auric represents a diverse portfolio of artists including: hip-hop icon, Kurtis Blow; innovative folk/rap duo Kri & Hettie; and rock powerhouse, The Velcro Pygmies.

Having unique credentials as a California and Georgia attorney, Auric is able to provide cost-effective representation and counsel to clients doing business in the high-overhead markets of Atlanta and Los Angeles.

State admissions
All courts in the State of California

All courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky

All courts of the State of Georgia: specifically sworn in to practice before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Georgia
Federal admissions
United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles)

United States District Court for the Central District of California (San Francisco)

United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta)

United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky (Louisville)
Memberships
Los Angeles County Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association: Intellectual Property Section Member

Kentucky Bar Association

Georgia Bar Association

California Bar Association
Publications
Selected Feature articles for The Brand:

WHO OWNS SUPERMAN? (2006)
The author analyzes the controversy surrounding the Superman copyright at the time of the release of Warner bros. Movie "Superman Returns" and the concurrent litigation by the heirs of the Superman Creators.
http://Brandlaw.org/2010/01/who-owns-superman/
SUPERMAN RETURNS (2008
The author provides an update regarding the issues in the previous article following the ruling in Federal Court that the heirs of Superman's creator own half of the original copyright as a matter of law.
http://Brandlaw.org/2010/01/superman-returns/
THE NFL FLEXES ITS COPYRIGHT MUSCLE (2007)
The author discusses the ongoing controversy over what can or cannot be copyrighted or otherwise owned in the context of sports.
http://Brandlaw.org/2010/01/nfl-flexes-its-copyright-muscle/

Selected Intellectual Property News articles for The Brand:

INFRINGEMENT DOWN UNDER (2010)
This article discusses the recent ruling by an australian court finding copyright infringement by australia's Men at Work, in their most famous song.
http://Brandlaw.org/2010/04/infringement-down-under/>http://Brandlaw.org/2010/04/infringement-down-under/
IN MEMORIAM: FRISBEE INVENTOR FRED MORRISON (2010)
This article is a tribute to the inventor of the Frisbee, and also discusses the development of the Brand name Frisbee.
http://Brandlaw.org/2010/03/in-memoriam-frisbee-inventor-fred-morrison/
ART LAW ON A GRAND SCALE: AN INTERVIEW WITH NEW YORK ATTORNEY, ADRIENNE FIELDS (2010)
This is one of a series of interviews with attorneys in interesting positions in the field of intellectual property law. Ms. Fields, as counsel for the artists Rights Society negotiates licenses for many of the world's most famous works of art.
http://Brandlaw.org/2010/04/art-law-on-a-grand-scale/

Education
J.D. 2007, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Post Bac. Cert. Paralegal Studies 2004, Institute for Legal Studies
Sullivan University, Louisville, Kentucky

B.A. 2000, University of Louisville: College of Arts and Sciences
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Practices
Litigation

Intellectual Property

Entertainment

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