About the AWB Firm

Traditional law firms don’t understand how your online business works.

But we operate in the same space you do - with courses, digital products, masterminds, and memberships. When we say we know online business, we mean it.

It’s no coincidence that our firm has been working with some of the biggest names in the online world since we opened our doors in 2015. 

In an industry that is continually shifting and changing, it can feel impossible for business owners to know what’s what when it comes to legal requirements.

You need a legal team who will guide you. Who will help you create a big-picture strategy. Who will take the time to understand your long-term goals before jumping into your legal projects.

  • Smooth Luxurious Client Interactions

    Guidance and solutions rather than yes or no answers. Relax knowing that you have a proactive, efficient legal partner.

  • Use Honey, Not a Hammer

    We approach our legal work with positivity, empathy, and a keen eye for the win-win solution. Protection doesn't have to come at the expense of your peace.

  • 10,000 Foot View

    Start with strategy - aligning the big picture with your current goals to create lasting, long-term protections and thoughtful recommendations.

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  • Committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    We believe diversity makes us all stronger and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique. We believe all clients, customers, employees, collaborators, vendors, and others who encounter our firm should feel valued and respected, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, ability, or other identities.

Autumn Witt Boyd

Attorney & Founder of The AWB Firm

Autumn Witt Boyd graduated in the top 10% of her class from Vanderbilt University Law School (a Top 20 law school) before ultimately landing as a senior associate at the premier copyright litigation law firm for photographers and stock photography agencies.

After spending the first 10 years of her career battling over copyrights and business issues in courtrooms across the U.S., Autumn left the corporate world behind to start the AWB Firm in 2015 so she could spend her days helping entrepreneurs build, protect, and scale their businesses the right way, instead of fighting with other lawyers...

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The AWB Firm Team

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Get to Know the Team

Katie Nelson, Legal Team Lead

brings over six years experience managing nonprofit organizations and guiding local creatives and community organizations along their entrepreneurial journeys. As our Legal Team Leader and Contract and Employment Attorney, Katie’s unique blend of legal knowledge and business experience provides a thorough perspective for setting your business’s legal foundation.

Katie graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with honors and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

When she’s not in the office, Katie is spending time with her husband and kids, volunteering with the Junior League of Chattanooga or relaxing with her nose stuck deep in the latest Reese's Book Club pick.

Katie is licensed to practice in Tennessee.

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Michelle Coakley, Attorney

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is our resident labor and employment whiz, helping our clients intelligently and (more importantly) legally grow their teams.

As a former commercial litigator and shareholder in a large Detroit area law firm, Michelle loves helping entrepreneurs protect their businesses with contracts and trademarks.

She graduated from Michigan State University with honors and Wayne State University Law School in Detroit cum laude. Michelle and her husband have two kids in college and a spirited rescue pup. When she’s not working, you’ll find Michelle outside running or hiking, reading and talking about great books, and traveling to interesting corners of the world.

Michelle is licensed to practice in both Michigan and Tennessee.

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Michelle Briggs, Attorney

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is one of our intellectual property attorneys and thrives helping online business owners understand their most valuable creative assets and how to protect them. Michelle graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and later graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law with honors. 

After working for a boutique intellectual property firm in Oklahoma City for seven years, Michelle dipped her toe into business ownership, founding and operating two online businesses. Michelle brings this unique entrepreneurial perspective and empathetic connection to the counsel of our clients.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time outside with her three young boys and husband, traveling and trying new food, practicing yoga or enjoying a game of Mahjong with a hot coffee and friends! 

Michelle is licensed to practice in Oklahoma.

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Diane Charboneau, Paralegal

Our paralegal Diane (affectionately dubbed our ‘follow-up ninja’) assists clients throughout the corporate, trademark, and copyright registration process to ensure they run smoothly and stay on track.

Diane graduated cum laude from East Carolina University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in International Business. She is a CORE Registered Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and a member of the Paralegal Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Diane and her husband have two young boys. In her spare time, she loves cooking and trying new recipes. She also enjoys drinking coffee, traveling, and playing at the beach with her family.

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Hannah Major, Paralegal

Our Paralegal Hannah uses her considerable documentation, research, and project management skills to help growing businesses with their contracts, employment matters, and corporate entity filings. Hannah keeps our clients happy by making sure their legal projects move along in a timely and accurate manner.

Hannah graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Writing and minors in Public Administration and English.

When she's not working, Hannah loves writing and talking about literature, yoga, and anything outdoors in the Missouri Ozarks where she lives.

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Blake Hewitt Wright, Client Concierge

Our Client Concierge Blake welcomes clients to our team and serves as a bridge between client and firm to ensure our clients have a positive and efficient experience with our team.

Blake helped grow her family's makeup and color business, Elea Blake Cosmetics, into a global company before her twin sister Elea took over. She then worked for several years as the Executive Assistant and Marketing Manager of a major real estate company while also growing a small entrepreneurial photography and art business, BLAM Photography. She recently published her first book Magic & Myth: Corpse Candle.

Blake and her husband live in Chattanooga with their dog, cat, and pig. In her spare time, she photographs clients, gardens, and works on various art projects.

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Allison Mastin, Engagement Specialist

Our Engagement Specialist, Allison, welcomes potential clients to our firm and ensures that everyone who contacts us receives a prompt and personal response.

Allison’s background includes communications for non-profit groups as well as paralegal work in corporate law. The last several years have been dedicated to working with teens and women through her yoga and life-coaching practice. This combined experience gives Allison the unique ability to understand the perspective of our potential clients and identify how our firm can support them. Allison graduated from Rhodes College with a B.A. in History. She is a E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and an ICF Certified Holistic Life Coach.

When not working or on the yoga mat, Allison can be found exploring trails near her home in Chattanooga, trying out new recipes, and traveling to places near and far.

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Brooke Behar, Operations Coordinator

Our Operations Coordinator, Brooke, is the process and systems guru at the AWB Firm, making sure that each and every client project is administered timely and efficiently.

Brooke and her family moved around the country and across the world before landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2006.

Brooke is active in the music ministry at her church and enjoys the creative outlets of singing, cooking, baking, art, sewing, upholstery, knitting, traveling, and developing her handy(wo)man skills.

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Rachel Davis Humphries, Marketing Specialist

Our Digital Marketing Specialist, Rachel, introduces new folks to the firm and supports the team in sharing helpful online business insights and news on the latest legal regulations.

Rachel and her husband are high school sweethearts and live in Charlotte, NC with their dog and two cats. Rachel is also a website designer, video game streamer, vegan, and avid hiker who's always looking for her next waterfall to visit.

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I recently reached out to Autumn and her team to help us craft (the perfect!) contract for a new course and I can't say enough about how communicative and kind they were throughout the whole process.We're so grateful for their attention to detail and for helping ensure we had the legal protection we needed!

Jasmine Star