Chris is a business a legal and business professional whose career has focused mainly on technology. He recently graduated from Seattle University’s JD/MBA program. Prior to that he spent 4 years as a project manager in Boeing’s Global Networking group. Chris originally became involved with Washington Lawyers for the Arts as a volunteer for the Workshop Committee during his time in school. After three years, Chris joined the WLA board in November 2015. Chris isn’t an artist and has no artistic talent, so serving with the WLA is his way to give back to the artistic community.
Jennifer Jolley is a Senior Attorney of Perkins Coie’s Trademark & Copyright practice. Her practice focuses on domestic and foreign trademark, copyright, and domain name clearance, prosecution and enforcement. She has experience handling and resolving intellectual property disputes, including administrative proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRP) and court litigation.
Jennifer also advises clients on licensing and technology agreements, and digital and new media matters. She works with clients in a wide range of industries, including software, internet and technology companies, consumer product manufacturers, and toy and game companies.
Alexis is Legal Counsel at Omeros Corporation, where she doesn’t do anything arts related, but manages to have fun anyway. She is a long-time Seattleite, having earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law, and her BA in Political Science from UW. She started with the WLA as a volunteer prior to joining the Board.
Kimberly Hereford is a fine art appraiser and consultant. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington and specializes in nineteenth through early twentieth century art, and contemporary art. Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History and English from the University of Santa Barbara and graduated with honors from the master’s degree program in Art History at the University of Oregon. She has interned at the National Gallery of Art (DC), the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and many art museums in and around Seattle. In addition, she has worked at various art museums and galleries.
Alison is Senior Corporate Counsel at Vulcan Inc. where she advises Vulcan’s art department on a wide variety of contractual and compliance matters relating to transactions involving fine art, antiquities and other collectibles. Before joining Vulcan Inc. in 2002, Alison was an associate at the Seattle law firm of Stokes Lawrence, P.S. where she practiced in the areas of general corporate and intellectual property law.
Tim Schmuckal has served in various leadership roles for technology and creative-driven businesses, most recently as VP Operations for Front Desk, LLC. At Digital Kitchen, he led the company’s transformation from a design and production company into one of the top independent creative agencies in the US.
He began his professional career as a technology and IP attorney, working at the law firms of Kirkland and Ellis and Cooley Godward before joining Expedia Inc. as in-house counsel. Tim is a graduate of Michigan State University and University of Michigan Law School, teaching high school English in between degrees. He has served on the advisory board of Seattle Interactive Conference since its inception.
Mark S. Warnick is a senior corporate counsel at Amazon.com, Inc., where he has worked as a trademark lawyer since 2011. He previously worked as a trademark lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, which he joined in 2002 after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to law school, Mark worked as a news reporter for several daily newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He also has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Nick Clements is the Director of Technology of an independent elementary school in Seattle. He has worked in the Tech and Educational sectors and has a passion for the convergence of both.
Board Member – Treasurer
Jeff Nelson, IP Team leader at Cairncross & Hempelmann, has counseled clients for over a decade on a broad range of intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, software licensing, music rights licensing, and internet issues. He assists clients in trademark clearance, protection, copyright registration and policing, enforcement of IP rights, domain name acquisition and disputes, IP and software licensing, music rights clearance and licensing, and resolving IP issues online, including social media. Jeff has particular experience resolving trademark disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the US Patent & Trademark Office, which includes over a hundred oppositions and cancellations.