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JoAnn Holmes - HOLMES@LAW

A graduate of Stanford University and Emory School of Law, JoAnn Holmes ("Jo") is adept in distilling complex information into pragmatic, result-driven solutions.  Jo has practiced law for over 20 years, and her career began in the Technology & Intellectual Property ("IP") practice group of Troutman Sanders, a prominent Atlanta based law firm. There, she successfully represented a gamut of diverse clients, from startups to multi-billion dollar companies like Chick-fil-A, Microsoft and WalMart. 


Moving in-house, Jo served on business management and legal teams in senior leadership roles for both public and private manufacturing companies.  For more than a decade, she was the “go-to” lawyer for her business units with presence in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Asian Pacific Rim. 


Jo has led corporate mergers, and conducted legal diligence for multi-million dollar target acquisitions. She is well accomplished in both negotiating sophisticated domestic and international commercial contracts, as well as resolving high dollar disputes cost effectively. Her practice has included support for marketing, sales, e-commerce, R&D, regulatory, HR, manufacturing, IT, procurement, finance and risk management teams. 


Jo oversees sophisticated IP portfolios in 140+ countries, and has managed assets exceeding $2 billion in annual revenue.  She has successfully negotiated licenses with international media companies such as Disney, Dream Works and Sony.  And, Jo's portfolio includes closing commercial contracts for her clients with enterprises including Target, Comcast and Coca-Cola.  


Jo teaches and speaks extensively on monetizing intellectual property (brands, software and expertise), successful contract negotiation, and implementing profitable legal strategy.  She has been an invited speaker for Fortune 50 audiences, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia State Bar, Cornell and Penn State law schools, and the American Institute of Graphic Artists.  She's served as an Adjunct Professor of Law, taught "IP 101" to corporate teams in customized seminars, and written on legal issues for the American Bar Association, as well as various Atlanta area publications.

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