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Jonathan L. Faber 
Shelbyville, Indiana
phone (317) 825-5110
fax (317) 825-5109
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An established leader in the legal and licensing communities, Jonathan Faber has developed a unique intellectual property, licensing and consulting practice.  He has worked on behalf of some of the biggest brands, businesses and personalities in the world, and has collaborated with countless manufacturers, advertising agencies, music publishers, and media companies.  In addition to his role with McNeely Stephenson Thopy & Harrold, Jonathan also serves as the founder and CEO of Luminary Group LLC, a full-service licensing and consulting agency based in Indianapolis.  

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was a Partner with Sommer Barnard PC, where he was Chair of the Licensing Group and a member of the Intellectual Property and Business Groups.  Before Sommer Barnard, Jonathan served for almost ten years with CMG Worldwide, where he was the President of the company.  His clients included Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Babe Ruth, Chuck Berry, Sophia Loren, Mike Piazza, Jackie Robinson, the Vatican Library, Bettie Page, INY, the Girls Next Door, Buddy Holly, the Hollywood Sign on the Hill, and Princess Diana.  Before CMG, Jonathan worked for a joint venture between Atlantic Records and Time Warner, where he participated in projects involving the Looney Tunes characters, Bump in the Night, Sweet Valley High, and the Power Rangers.

Jonathan is the professor of Licensing Intellectual Property at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, and the professor and creator of The Right of Publicity at Indiana University School of Law--Indianapolis, the first course in the country dedicated exclusively to this complex topic.  He is a frequent guest speaker at events, programs and legal symposiums throughout the country, as well as providing interviews and commentary for various media outlets and programming such as ESPN and BBC.  He also is a frequent contributor to business and licensing publications, and serves as a consultant or expert witness in complex litigation throughout the United States.  For example, Jonathan recently assisted founding Motley Crue member Nikki Sixx win a substantial jury award, which was televised by Court TV.  He also assisted a Grammy-Award winning band win a seven figure arbitration award against a leading big-box retailer. 

Jonathan is active in the local and licensing community, serving on various boards and dedicating considerable time speaking to students on the undergraduate, JD, MBA and LLM level throughout the country.

Areas of Practice:
Intellectual Property Law
Business Law
Consulting and Expert Witness services
Litigation Percentage:
35% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

Publishing Institute, University of Denver (graduate program)

Wittenberg University
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Published Works:
A Licensing Parable, Global License! Magazine, July, 2007

NFL in a Tough Spot, Indianapolis Business Journal, March, 2007

The Right of Publicity: Is it Right for Your Business?, The Counselor Magazine, January, 2007

Savvy Brand Management, Smart Business Magazine, October, 2006

Protecting, Valuing and Licensing the Famous, Indiana Lawyer, March 24, 2004

Star Struck, License! Magazine, June, 2003

Celebrity Licensing chapter in Licensing Deskbook: Legal & Business Guide, Aspen Law & Business, 2001

Indiana: A Celebrity Friendly Jurisdiction, Res Gestae (cover story), March, 2000

Canadian Culture in the Balance, Indiana International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1998

Representative Clients:
Mr. Chuck Berry
Nikki Sixx (founder of Motley Crue, Sixx: A.M., etc.)
Buddy Holly Enterprises
The Raymond and Rosa Parks Institute for Self-Development
Supplied Upon Request
Classes/Seminars Taught:
"Authors, Intellectual Property and Business", WriteStuff Writer's Seminar - April 2007

"Instant Replay: A Review of the Year in Sports", Indianapolis Bar Association - December 2006

"The Business of Intellectual Property", Butler University - November 2006

"Licensing in a Global Economy", Ball State University - November 2006

"Branding", Indiana University School of Law --Indianapolis, Sports and Entertainment Law Society Lecture Series - September 2006

The 14th Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Featured Panelist, Fordham University School of Law - April 2006

"Leveraging Inherent Intellectual Property Profits", Licensing Executives Society (LES) - November 2004

"Creative Without Limits", AdWeek Conference - September 2004

"Protecting, Valuing and Licensing Intellectual Property", Indianapolis Bar Association - April 2004

Featured Lecturer, Franklin College Convocation - November 2003

"Stars and Jocks", Indianapolis Bar Association - October 2003

"Roundtable on Clash Between Right of Publicity and First Amendment", American Bar Association, IP Litigation Committee - September 2003

"Midwest Intellectual Property Symposium", ICLEF, Faculty Presenter - September 2001

Honors and Awards:
Leadership in Law Award, Indiana Lawyer, 2006

Outstanding Slumnus Award, Wittenberg University, 2003

Forty Under 40 Class of 2003, Indianapolis Business Journal

First Place Winner of 5th Annual Harrison Legal Writing Competition, Indiana State Bar Association, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA)

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
Voting Member

Indianapolis Bar Association

IBA Sports & Entertainment Law Executive Committee
Past Chair/Current Board Member

American State Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Internet and Digital Commerce Division
Board Member

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Midwest Association for Canadian Studies

Past Employment Positions:
Sommer Barnard PC, Partner/Director

CMG Worldwide, Inc., President

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