About Principal Lee Morin
Lee Morin is an entertainment attorney located in Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta. She owns a law firm, MORIN Entertainment Law, and a consulting agency, Counterintuitive. Her law firm serves the film, music, game, theatre & performing arts, visual & applied arts, and literary industries using her legal specialties in business law, intellectual property law, nonprofits, and art & entertainment law. Lee’s consulting agency offers music supervision and producer services as a qualified production expense under the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act to projects in the film, television, and digital entertainment industries.
Lee Morin has over twelve years of experience in legal services. She has experience in corporate law departments of global companies and national to regional law firms. Lee has a cumulative twelve years experience in intellectual property providing support in patents, and copyright registration, trademark prosecution, trade secret protection, and enforcement. She has served on the board of directors for nonprofits and volunteers in trade associations. Lee speaks fluent French and holds a dual citizenship with the United States and France.
Lee has a background in the creative and performing arts. She holds degrees in English & History with Advanced Honors from Georgia State University (GSU) in addition to her Juris Doctor. While at GSU, Lee served as a college radio disc jockey, producer, and announcer for nationally recognized WRAS-Atlanta, 88.5FM. She published photography and compositions in award-winning literary magazine, Impressions. Lee acted in stage productions, danced classical ballet and jazz, studied and played clarinet. She is also an alto vocalist, preferring performing early twentieth century jazz, blues, and anything from the Great American Songbook.
Lee is an active networker with a reach across several industries. She is a member of the Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property, and Business Law sections of the Georgia Bar, Georgia Production Partnership, Atlanta Film Society, Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA-South), Georgia Game Developers Association, Georgia Music Partners, Recording Academy®, and National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), where she has served on the Atlanta Board of Directors since February 2015.
Lee is a seasoned moderator. She has led panels for NARIP and other music and film festivals. For NARIP, Lee moderated Music in Games, Producing Hit Songs, Meet the Press, The Business of EDM: Current & Future Opportunities, Music & Metadata: Discovery, Tracking, & Payment, Indie Labels Today, Advertising Music Supervisor Pitch Session with Good Ear’s Jackie Shuman, and Current Legislation Affecting The Music Industry. For A3C Festival and Conference, Lee moderated The Blurred Lines of Copyright, and for Bronze Lens Film Festival, Legal Mashup: Music in Film. Recently, she moderated a continued legal education (CLE) for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Working Title Playwrights, & Actor’s Express entitled Courtroom Drama, for Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA), How Legislation Gets Passed in the Midnight Hour, and for the Georgia Bar, Lee moderated Skin Deep: copyright issues in a tattoo culture.
Lee is an experienced public speaker. She is regularly invited to speak at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo. Lee presented The Fine Line of Fair Use: Copyright In Gaming Video for GameVid Expo, Arts Applications In Games for Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Protecting Your Work for Turner Cassity Writers’ Workshop, Protecting Your Intellectual Property for TERMINUS, and a 5-part series of educational seminars, Business Basics for Creatives™, in partnership with ASIFA-South and support from re:imagine/ATL, Art Is King, My Animation Life, The Needy Animator, and Atlanta Film Society. Recently, she presented on Women, Technology, & The Future for the Music Education Group, a charity founded by record executive Ric Ross, and Justice in Comics & the Real World for MomoCon, in which she partnered with Tom DeSanto (writer/producer, X-Men, Transformers).
Lee publishes guest articles, blogs, and special reports. Her past articles include, Wage Fixing in Animation and Copyright for the Freelance Artist for The Needy Animator, Got Consent? Legal Issues in Film and International Art Crime and Wartime Looting for her blog. She recently published articles on legislation in Georgia entitled, The Georgia Entertainment Industry Postproduction Investment Act (explained), and, USER GUIDE: Georgia Music, Postproduction, & NEW Interactive Entertainment Tax Credits, which received over 13,000 impressions on her social media platforms. Lee publishes a quarterly newsletter, TIDINGS, to over 1,500 curated entertainment professionals, which is read in Georgia, California, New York, and more than thirty other states, plus Europe, Australia, Africa, and southeast Asia. She has a sum total reach of 4,500 organically grown contacts in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, where she promotes awareness on issues important to her.