Hi, I’m Autumn, an experienced intellectual property lawyer who helps high-achieving, ambitious entrepreneurs like you. You’ve got big goals, and my firm exists to help you reach those goals – faster and smarter.
Are you ready to build a profitable business and create the life of your dreams? We help the leaders of dynamic businesses in the new economy protect everything they’ve built. And we can do the same for you.
Here are just a few of our clients:
• Being Boss
• Boss Mom
• Mary Beth Storjohann of Workable Wealth
• Reina Pomeroy of Reina + Co.
• Braid Creative & Consulting
• Indie Shopography
• Stacy Tuschl of She’s Building Her Empire
• Jenni Waldrop of Fuzzy & Birch and Etsy Academy
• Shawn Fink of Abundant Mama
• Biddy Tarot
• Cents of Style
The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd is the go-to law firm for creative and online business owners.
Our expertise lies in protecting brands and content (by safeguarding trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), and in advising clients on intellectual property matters.
We also love supporting clients by acting as general counsel, meeting regularly to proactively give guidance and assist with focused decisionmaking as a key advisor on your business’s executive team.
Your legal partner
If you’re looking for the best intellectual property law firm for creative and online businesses, you’re in the right place. Our team is ready to give you strategic legal advice, so you can stop worrying about what you don’t know and focus on building the business of your dreams.
Any lawyer can set up an LLC or draft a contract. And you can use LegalZoom’s automated forms to file a trademark registration application. But our firm goes beyond just checking all the boxes on your legal checklist.
We take the time to get to know you, your business, and the mark you want to make on the world. Through our high-level counsel to business owners, we provide the legal road map to help get you there.
Creative entrepreneurs are our people
I’ve always said that intellectual property lawyers are frustrated artists – that’s certainly true for me. I was a musical theatre nerd, and then went to college dreaming about becoming an opera singer.
Now, I get to work with thought leaders and innovative business owners who are always trying something new, using the left brain to create their own empires.
I, too, am an entrepreneur. I left my law firm job and started this business because I wanted to help people doing interesting things, solve problems creatively, and build long-term relationships. And now I get to do just that.
We help businesses kick it up to the next level
We like to start our work with new clients with a Legal Road Map® session, a 360-degree review of your business’s intellectual property. You’ll leave with your questions answered, and a written plan you can implement to protect your business legally as you accomplish your big goals. Plus, as your business grows, you’ll have a lawyer on your team ready to leap into action when you face your next legal issue.
We also work one-on-one with clients across the U.S. on individual projects, and on retainer as your outside general counsel. We provide ongoing legal support, with a regular legal check-up to discuss how to achieve your next big goal and problem-solve any issues that arise in your business.
Our firm provides innovative legal services with integrity and joy, so that ambitious entrepreneurs can grow profitable businesses and create the life of their dreams.
About Autumn and the Firm
I am licensed to practice law in Tennessee, and assist businesses with intellectual property and business matters.
I am a thought leader in the online business community, speaking frequently at conferences, seminars, and workshops about intellectual property, negotiation tactics, and business strategies.
Professionally, I serve on the executive committee of the Intellectual Property section of the Tennessee Bar Association and I am active in the Brock Cooper American Inn of Court, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, and Southeast Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women.
I am also active in the nonprofit community, currently serving on the board of the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute and as past-president of Chattanooga Friends, a service organization for young professionals. I am a sustaining member of Junior League of Chattanooga and sit on the Sustainer Advisory Council.
I am honored to work on pro bono projects for the following organizations serving our local community:
Our team includes Attorney Michelle Coakley; Legal Assistant and Client Concierge, Brooke Behar; Paralegal and Project Manager Extraordinaire, Diane Charboneau.
How We Got Here
Prior to opening my own firm in 2015, for six and a half years I was the senior associate attorney with Harmon & Seidman LLC, the premier copyright litigation law firm for photographers and stock photography agencies. I helped small business owners across the United States register, license, and protect their copyrighted works from unauthorized use, including a successful jury trial in Philadelphia in September 2014. I’ve written winning briefs for the Third and Ninth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and advocated for clients in federal district courts all over the country, as well as negotiating settlements without having to file a lawsuit.
I also worked for Chattanooga law firm Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. for two years. I helped businesses and individuals who had been sued over business deals or industrial products, or who needed to file lawsuits to protect their own patents or copyrights. I took part in two trials, and also worked on copyright and trademark transactions, settlement negotiations, compliance with federal and state laws, First Amendment rights, and a host of other business issues.
My first job out of law school was working as a law clerk to Judge Curtis L. Collier for two years, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the federal court in Chattanooga. I researched federal legal issues and wrote first drafts of opinions, while managing both civil and criminal case dockets and helping with trials. I learned firsthand what legal tactics are effective in the courtroom, and what does not achieve results for clients.
I graduated in the top 10% of my class from Vanderbilt University Law School (a Top 20 law school) in 2004 on an academic scholarship, receiving awards in Entertainment Law and Criminal Law. I was an Articles Editor on the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Law and Practice (now the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law). I studied Journalism and English at Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in 2001. While at IU, I worked in management at the student newspaper, the award-winning Indiana Daily Student, where I was editor of the Opinion page, copy edited, and wrote articles. I also studied English literature during my junior year abroad in an elite exchange program at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
I’m mom to twin boys, Sam and Tyson, and toddler girl Vivian. My husband David is also an entrepreneur — he runs a construction estimating company, Quantify, LLC, and is a partner in a development services firm, Peak Partners LLC. I know a thing or two about juggling.
I love to socialize (let’s have coffee, or better yet, a glass of champagne!), read a good novel, monogram and put glitter on anything that stays still long enough, travel to new places, finish half marathons, and spend time outdoors.
Let us take care of your legal headaches
We can’t wait to get to know you so we can figure out how we can help you protect and grow your business’s intellectual property.
*This website is attorney advertising and does not establish an attorney-client relationship, which is only formed when you have signed an engagement agreement. I cannot guarantee results; past results do not guarantee future results. Autumn is admitted to the Supreme Court of Tennessee, United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee, and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.