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.
Francine serves on the Advisory Board to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, and is a leader in the ABA’s 19,000+ Intellectual Property Law Section, where she is a member of the IP Council, the section’s governing body. She is also Vice Chair of the Right of Publicity Committee and Vice Chair of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Committee. Francine also teaches intellectual property law at the California Desert Trial Academy College 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)
In addition to practicing law for over 26 years, Francine currently holds a number of leadership positions in the greater ABA and the ABA’s Intellectual Property Law Section (IPL), such as:
- Member, ABA Advisory Board to the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs
- Member, ABA-IPL Council
- Member, ABA-IPL CLE Board
- Vice-Chair, ABA-IPL Right of Publicity Committee
- Vice-Chair, ABA-IPL Substance Abuse & Mental Health Committee
Francine was recently appointed to the Copyright Committee of the Intranational Trademark Association (INTA).
She 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). Although a first-time author when Random House bought the rights to Francine’s first book, the big publisher paid her handsomely to the tune of 6-figures! She’s currently working two more books, a self-help book on aging (or not) and a crime novel.
Unwilling to let moss grow under her feet, Francine Ward leads an active lifestyle and as she says, “I live the life of my dreams.” Ward has run two 26.2-mile marathons, numerous half marathons, climbed Machu Picchu, and loves to travel.
With plenty of items left on her bucket list, Francine Ward is not ready to give up on life.
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