Local law firm introduces Southwest Georgia to law for creatives

Published 1:45 pm Friday, November 1, 2019

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Angie Avard Turner Law, LLC is pleased to announce that principal attorney, Angie Turner recently graduated, with honors, receiving her LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Angie also received her law degree from Western Michigan University in 2000 and has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2001.  Over the last seven and half years she has been building a niche practice in business law and intellectual property. However, the path to creating a law practice for creative entrepreneurs was not a straight line. 

With a fancy for all things patterned and with a punch of bright color, Angie has always had an artistic side and an analytical side.  After moving back home to Southwest Georgia, she developed and owned a wholesale stationery and gift brand for over 10 years.  Her experience of growing the business to over 2,000 stores in over 45 states, and even foreign retailers, afforded her the ability to relate to other creatives and spot potential areas where creative businesses needed to be protected. 

While regularly attending trade shows in Atlanta, Dallas, and New York for her wholesale business, Hype Strype, a common question was “where did you go to design/art school?”  When she would reluctantly reply, “I didn’t go to design school; I went to law school,” that would open a floodgate of questions regarding running a creative business. “What contracts do I need?”  “How do I protect my brand?” “What do I do when someone copies by designs?” The list went on.  Angie filed all of that away as just interesting conversations among creative peers, never realizing that one day those same folks may become her clients!

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In 2012, when Angie decided she wanted to pivot away from being a business owner into practicing law, she knew that she did not want to build a general practice law firm, and remembering those many trade show conversations, she set out to combine both of her loves—creative entrepreneurship and law.

In addition to her growing niche practice, Mrs. Turner is the featured legal writer for Gift Shop Magazine and numerous creative entrepreneur blogs; she also speaks frequently around the country at creative entrepreneur conferences and is a guest on podcasts both domestically and internationally. Angie has copyright and trademark clients all over the US, as well as overseas. 

LL.M is an abbreviation of Latin words stands for Master of Laws.  This degree focuses on a specialty area such as intellectual property, taxation, or international law.  Having this degree allows Angie to handle complex issues pertaining to Copyright, Trademark, Licensing, Franchising, Entertainment, E-Commerce, and Social Media law.

Growing up in Thomasville, Angie graduated from Brookwood School.  She attended Furman University, where she obtained B.A. in Political Science. Shortly afterwards, she moved to Michigan to pursue her law degree. Angie has been married to Steven Turner for over 20 years and lives in Pelham, GA where they are raising their 3 children who are ages 17, 12, and 6 years old.

To learn more about Angie Avard Turner Law or law for creatives visit https://www.angieavardturnerlaw.com