Hi, I’m Autumn. I’m an experienced lawyer who helps high-achieving and ambitious entrepreneurs reach their big goals, faster and smarter.
Ready to make a meaningful impact with your business? We work with the leaders of the most dynamic businesses in the new economy, including, to name just a few:
• 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
The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd is the go-to law firm for creative and online business owners.
We love helping businesses as their general counsel, meeting regularly to give guidance and focused decisionmaking, proactively, as a key advisor for the executive team.
We have special expertise in protecting brands, by registering trademarks and copyrights, and advising clients on intellectual property matters.
We also work with businesses to get started on the right foot, create airtight contracts, and understand their legal issues in plain English.
Your legal partner
If you’re looking for the best law firm in the online space, you’re in the right place. My support team and I are ready to give you strategic legal advice, so you can stop worrying and focus on building the business of your dreams.
We’re not the lowest-priced law firm serving online entrepreneurs, although we do think we provide the best value.
Any lawyer can set up an LLC or draft a contract, and you can hire LegalZoom to file a trademark registration application. But we’re not just order takers.
Where we stand out is providing high-level counsel to business owners. We ask a lot of questions and really take the time to get to know you, your business, and the mark you want to make on the world.
When you come to us for a new contract, for example, we don’t just create the contract you think you need. We help you figure out what kind of contract you really need to accomplish your end goal (if you actually need one at all), how to use it, navigate any negotiations, learn when you might need to change it, and tell you potential problems to watch out for. We’ll also help you decide what to do when an issue you never could have predicted comes up. And, of course, we’ll also write a great contract for you.
This is our approach for every client and every legal issue.
Creative entrepreneurs are our people
I think all intellectual property lawyers are frustrated artists, and that’s certainly true for me. I love music and theatre, and as a teenager I dreamed about becoming an opera singer.
Now, I work with thought leaders and innovative business owners who are always trying something new, using their left brains to create their own empires.
I’m also an entrepreneur myself. I left my law firm job and started this business because I wanted to help people doing interesting things, and solve problems creatively.
We help businesses kick it up to the next level
We offer a Get Legit service to get your ducks in a row and give you the legal counsel you need to uplevel your business. I take a close look at your entire business, including where you started, where you are now, and all of your big dreams. We’ll identify both your current needs and the legal protections you need to put in place to reach your long-term goals. Then I take care of your top-priority issues and am your on-call attorney while we work together. You get unlimited email access to our lawyers and monthly calls with me, so I keep an eye on your business and make sure you’re protected. Since we really get to know you and what makes your business tick as we work together, we can come up with ideas and strategies to grow your business in ways you never could have dreamed up. You can relax while we take care of getting your business legally legit.
We also work one-on-one with clients across the U.S. on retainer as their outside general counsel. We provide ongoing legal support, with a monthly or quarterly legal check-up to discuss how to achieve their next big goal and problem-solve any issues that have come up in their business.
New businesses, or established businesses facing a tricky situation, can get started with a Legal Planning session. These sessions are a great way to get your questions answered, and a custom plan with action items to take your business to the next level. 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.
I am licensed to practice law in Tennessee, and help businesses on 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 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, and I am a sustaining member of Junior League of Chattanooga.
How I got here
Prior to opening my own firm in 2015, for six and a half years I worked with Harmon & Seidman LLC, a copyright litigation firm. I helped small businesses across the United States (mostly stock photography agencies and photographers) 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 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 legal issues and wrote first drafts of opinions, while managing both civil and criminal cases and helping with trials.
I graduated at the top of my class from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2004, 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 on the student newspaper, the award-winning Indiana Daily Student, where I was editor of the Opinion page, copy edited, and wrote articles.
I’m mom to twin boys, Sam and Tyson, and baby girl Vivian. My husband David is also an entrepreneur — he runs a construction estimating company, Quantify, 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, and spend time outdoors.
Let us take care of your legal headaches
We live to ask questions, and can’t wait to get to know you so we can figure out how we can help you protect and grow your business.
*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.