contact Francine D. Ward | 415.226.4047
California State Bar no. 251837
Francine Ward heads Monty White’s Business and Intellectual Property Law Group, and manages the Palm Desert office. She is a 1989 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and admitted to practice in California, New York, and the District of Columbia. Francine’s IP focus is on copyrights, trademarks, Internet, publishing, and entertainment law issues. In her business law practice, she reviews, prepares, and negotiates a variety of contracts, and advises clients on the proper selection of appropriate business entities.
Francine’s clients include authors, musicians, designers, reality television personalities and business owners, startups, entertainment companies, an charitable nonprofits that are building a brand, protecting an existing brand, developing content, starting a business, writing a book, or composing music. Her clients may be collaborating on the creation of content, being sued for copyright or trademark infringement, wanting to sue someone for copyright or trademark infringement, or just needing advice regarding internet law related issues.
Additionally, Francine provides pro bono services to a number of individuals and nonprofits including: Legacies in Motion, a charity dedicated to helping underserved children and their families throughout the world; The Felix Organization, a charity that provides opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system; and California Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit that empowers the creative community by providing education, representation, and dispute resolution.
An active member of the legal community, Francine serves as a Commissioner for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Lawyer Assistance Programs and is a leader in the ABA’s 15,000+ Intellectual Property Law Section, where she is chair of the Literary Works Committee, co-chair of the Website and Social Media Subcommittee of the Women in IP Committee, and has been appointed to the IP Council, the Section’s governing body. Starting in the Fall of 2017, Francine will be teaching intellectual property and contract drafting at the California Desert Trial Academy of Law
Monty White LLP San Rafael/Palm Desert (Of Counsel)
Law Office of Francine D. Ward Mill Valley (Attorney)
nCompliance, inc. Los Angeles, CA / Mill Valley (Attorney/Consultant/Professional Speaker)
Law Office of Francine D. Ward New York, NY (Attorney)
Kavanaugh Peters Powell and Osnato New York, NY (Attorney)
As well as practicing law for over 25 years, Francine has published two self-help books: Esteemable Acts: 10 Actions for Building Real Self-Esteem (Random House, 2003), and 52 Weeks of Esteemable Acts: A Guide to Right Living (Hazelden/HCI, 2005), available through Random House Publishing. Francine is currently working two more books, a self-help book on aging (or not) and a crime novel.
She has held, and continues to hold, a number of leadership positions in the American Bar Association, such as:
- Member, ABA-IPL Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board (2014-present)
- Member, ABA-IPL Nominating Committee (2015-present)
- Chair of the ABA-IPL USPTO Trademark Day Committee (2014-present)
- Co-Vice-Chair, ABA-IPL Copyright & Social Media Committee (2015-present)
- Chair, Virtual Worlds Subcommittee (2016 -present)
- Past Chair and Vice Chair, ABA-IPL Ex Parte Trademark Committee (2011–2014)
- Past Chair and Vice Chair, ABA-IPL Individuals and Small Business Committee (2007-2010)
- Commissioner, ABA Commission for Lawyer Assistance Programs (2014-present)
- Member, ABA Diversity Committee of the Center for Professional Responsibility (2014-present)
- Trustee, American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (2013-15)
Francine is also currently Vice Chair of the Copyright Interest Group of the State Bar of California’s Intellectual Property Law Section.
Francine is a frequent presenter at CLE events, and a popular motivational keynote speaker.
In addition, she has run two marathons (Honolulu and Los Angeles), a number of half marathons, and is preparing for her first trip up the mountain to Machu Picchu.
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, J.D. 1989 Criminal Law Review
City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY, B.A. 1986 Dean’s List; Vice President of Student Association
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV