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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
810 Penn Ave Suite 600, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Artists and arts groups regularly collaborate on an arts project. Many great works of art have been created in this way. But major issues can arise between the collaborators if they haven't sorted out the intellectual property issues between them.
Shane Valenzi, Esq.
Shane D. Valenzi focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with particular experience in contract law, labor and employment, copyrights and trademarks, fiduciary duty claims, and franchise law. Shane is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Valenzi earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Mr. Valenzi is a frequent author and lecturer on copyright law. Mr. Valenzi is also an avid stage director, having worked locally with Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the Pittsburgh Savoyards, and Stage 62, and is the resident stage director of the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, located in Chicago. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Primestage Theatre Company. Raised in Sewickley, Shane currently lives in Point Breeze with his wife, Eleanor, a pulmonary/critical care fellow at UPMC, and their welsh corgi, Henry.
Jason Somma, Esq.
Jason Somma is a solo practitioner working for emerging and established technology companies in intellectual property protection strategy and technology transactions. He is registered to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. His areas of legal expertise include intellectual property portfolio development and protection for electrical, software and semiconductor technologies, as well as industrial designs; Jason also provides strategic consulting related to assisting advisors, counsel, and in-house departments with portfolio development and strategy, as well as portfolio evaluation and acquisition due diligence related to investment and acquisition transactions. Jason got both his law degree and a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Marc de St Maurice
Marc de St Maurice is currently Counsel at BNY Mellon where he focuses on licensing and commercialization of intellectual property. He previously worked as in house counsel at American Eagle Outfitters and as claims specialist at Progressive Insurance. Marc got his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in economics from Boston College.
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GPAC's offices and Big Room event space are wheelchair accessible including elevator service and accessible restrooms. GPAC also welcomes all visitors with assistance animals.