RECOMMENDATIONS

“Jessica has done stellar work with us on a range of issues. She drafted and perfected a complex publishing agreement for us when our company bought the extensive backlist of another publisher; she ably and intelligently helped us to settle (on excellent terms) a copyright infringement lawsuit related to material posted to our huge online forums; she wrote terms of use for the forums to prevent future difficulties; and she helped us develop our privacy terms for three different educational sites. She worked quickly and met promised deadlines; she was able to explain to us in clear non-legalese all of the issues involved; her billing was scrupulously honest and always transparent; and she showed herself to have an unparalleled grasp of the legal issues involved. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Susan Wise Bauer
Owner and Publisher, Well-Trained Mind Press
Owner, Well-Trained Mind Academy
May 2, 2016

“Jessica has worked on all legal aspects of my startup, including software development agreements, clearance and registration of trademarks, data license, analytics agreement and privacy policies and terms of use. She is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and smart, and able to explain complex legal concepts and agreements clearly. In addition, she has always gone the extra mile, responding promptly to urgent requests even outside of business hours. Just as importantly, she is always a pleasure to work with. I could not recommend her more highly to anyone seeking excellent, responsive and courteous legal advice on a broad range of subjects.

Jonathan Gray, CEO, Stipend, LLC
Developer of the CollegeHunch® iOS app
www.collegehunch.com / www.collegehunch.com
April 27, 2016

 “After having worked with Jessica on my book deal, I feel much more knowledgeable and comfortable with my contract. She’s smart, experienced, thoughtful and thorough. Besides addressing questions and concerns that I had, Jessica identified other potential problems with the contract. She proposed clear and reasonable language and made the contract much stronger.”

Julia Pimsleur, Author
June 20, 2014

“Jessica is a savvy attorney who is well-versed in all aspects of the publishing industry.  I have worked with her on content, copyright, contracts, agents, and more.  She carefully contemplates every detail and delivers expert counsel.  Jessica works quickly and efficiently, and provides tremendous value for her reasonable fees.  She is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her!

L.D.C. Fitzgerald
JFK Novelist/www.SavingJackieK.com
June 18, 2014

“Jessica is so smart and listens so well that she immediately grasped our situation, even though it was unusual and complex. She offers a personal relationship with a high-caliber lawyer of immense thoughtfulness and expertise. And she genuinely cares – even after the discrete job we hired her for was over, she contacted us about new legal developments that might impact us. What a find her practice is!”

Dana Wechsler Linden, Emma Trenti Paroli, and Mia Wechsler Doron
Co-authors, “Preemies: The Essential Guide for Parents of Premature Babies
Co-creators, MyPreemie mobile app
October 4, 2013

“After writing several successful books for our current publisher, we were approached by a different, much smaller publisher with an offer to write a book for them. On the recommendation of a friend, we got in touch with Jessica. She reviewed the proposed contract for us, and found that it would definitely not be in our best interest to sign it. She explained to us in plain English exactly what the problems were. Jessica then helped us negotiate with this publisher, and when they dug their heels in about unreasonable terms, she advised us to walk away — and that’s exactly what we did. Not only did Jessica help us avoid a terrible contract, she also helped us realize how much we appreciate our current publisher. Thanks, Jessica!”

Andrew Stellman & Jennifer Greene
Authors, “Applied Software Management” (O’Reilly Media 2005), “Beautiful Teams: Inspiring and Cautionary Tales from Veteran Team Leaders” (O’Reilly Media 2009) and other titles
October 2, 2013

“As a former lawyer now on the client side, I value a lawyer who is not just smart, but also responsive.  Jessica excels at both.”

John D. Sicher
Editor and Publisher, Beverage Digest/www.beverage-digest.com
August 3, 2013

“Jessica has been a pleasure to work with.  She has helped me with all the contracts relating to my book and speaking engagements, as well as a myriad of other things like my website and licensing deals.  She has always been extremely thorough and easy to work with, and I feel she doesn’t leave a stone unturned.  All this and reasonably priced, too!  I feel lucky to have her in my corner, and you would, too.”  

Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH
Founder and Director, Blum Center for Health/www.blumcenterforhealth.com
Author, “The Immune System Recovery Plan” (Scribner, April 2013)
July 23, 2013

“I will continue to rely on Jessica’s knowledge of publishing law in my publishing career.   Her expertise and professionalism was immensely helpful to my recent contract process.   She helped guide me through challenging contractual areas with ease and never made me feel as if any question were too insignificant to broach.   I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a publishing attorney.” 

Jeanne Lambert, ESL Associate in Discipline, Columbia University
July 19, 2013

“The very thought of IP law scares me … but Jessica makes it comprehensible and (mostly) painless. And she does it efficiently, affordably and effectively. We have done simple matters and impossible matters together and I cannot imagine using anyone else.”

Marc D. Stern, Esq.
General Counsel
American Jewish Committee/ www.ajc.org
July 27, 2012

“As eMusic’s outside trademark counsel for the past two and a half years, Jessica has identified, prepared and prosecuted a host of domestic trademark applications, helped us communicate with and understand the suggestions of our foreign affiliates, and advised and represented eMusic in several domain-name and infringement disputes. Her analytical and writing skills are superb: she can always find a way to make an argument right on point even if that argument is not immediately obvious, and she can distill complex issues down to a straightforward ‘bottom line.’ On top of that, she is great to work with and she always gives us the maximum effort in the minimum amount of time.”

Fran Mady, Esq.
Senior Attorney
eMusic.com Inc./ www.emusic.com
January 3, 2012

“I would never consider signing an agreement without Jessica’s insight and expertise. She has successfully protected our interests from trademarks to licensing, from joint ventures to consulting contracts. For a small company like ours, Fortune 500 corporations can be challenging and intimidating to work with, but Jessica has consistently enabled us to stand toe to toe with them. She is always quick, efficient, and a pleasure to work with.”

Jim Spaeth
Member, Sequent Partners, LLC / www.sequentpartners.com

“Complex trademark disputes and trademark registration strategies require well-honed capabilities in business practices as well as trademark law. Jessica Friedman possesses experience with internet/new media business that complements her strong legal skills and makes her incredibly effective as our company’s trademark counsel. She sees the business implications of any legal issue and her advice has been invaluable. She is an excellent writer, and has been a very effective, tough and pragmatic negotiator on the company’s behalf of resolutions to trademark disputes that have arisen from time to time. Jessica prioritizes our company’s matters and responds promptly whenever we contact her. She follows the matters to conclusion, even reminding her company contacts to follow up when necessary. Operating as sole practitioner, Jessica doesn’t have to support the huge infrastructure of a large firm, and consequently, she has provided her immensely valuable professional services at reasonable rates.”

Alexis Shapiro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Jason Pascal, Vice President and Senior Counsel
Jeanne Drewsen, Legal Counsel
Orchard Enterprises NY, Inc./ www.theorchard.com

“I have worked with Jessica Friedman for over a decade. I look to her not only for her publishing and copyright expertise and sound advice, but also for her guidance, professionalism, ethics and TLC, which have been tremendously helpful to me and my writing career.”

Stephen M. Salny, Author, “The Country Houses of David Adler” (W.W. Norton & Company 2001), “Francis Elkins: Interior Design” (W.W. Norton & Company 2005), “Michael Taylor: Interior Design” (W.W. Norton 2009), “William Hodgins Interiors” (W.W. Norton 2013)

“Jessica is an experienced, practical and thoughtful lawyer. Whether she’s negotiating a business contract, clearing trademark rights, or a helping us resolve a commercial dispute, Jessica provides clear, helpful advice at reasonable rates.”

Christy Ferer, Chief Executive Officer
Vidicom, Inc. / www.vidicom.com