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Mark A. Baker

Mark A. Baker

Mark A. Baker Law, LLC
  • Business Law, Entertainment & Sports, Intellectual Property
  • Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee
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A lawyer for over 30 years, Mark's extensive legal background representing large corporate entities and artists both established and emerging, as well as his work as a gigging musician, make him equally comfortable navigating the halls of Corporate America and the mustiest of music halls. Licensed to practice law in all the federal and state courts of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mark is an alumnus of the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Cumberland School of Law (J.D.), and served two years as judicial law clerk to a federal judge. In addition to representing artists, Mark has represented many of the country’s largest financial institutions, most recently as a partner at Johnson & Freedman, LLC, a mid-size firm serving clients in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, he married a professor of art at Florida State University and moved to Tallahassee, where he continues to represent clients nationwide (in matters of federal law, such as trademark and copyright) within his principal practice areas.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Intellectual Property
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial consultation of approximately 30 minutes.
  • Contingent Fees
    I occasionally enter contingent fee arrangements, depending upon the subject matter.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I also perform certain services for a flat fee, such as routine contract preparation and review, copyright and trademark registrations, and corporate formations.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
4th Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Written
Professional Experience
Mark A. Baker Law, LLC
- Current
Managing Partner, Bankruptcy Department
Johnson & Freedman, L.L.C., Atlanta, GA
Associate Attorney, Manager, Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Departments
Law Offices of Mark Weber, P.C., Atlanta, GA
Associate Attorney
Gingold, Kaufman & Chaiken, Atlanta, GA
Associate Attorney
Schwall, Ruff & Goodman, Atlanta, GA
Judicial Law Clerk
Honorable L. Chandler Watson, Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama
Staff Attorney
Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, Anniston, AL
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
J.D. (1982)
University of Alabama School of Law
B.A. / English Literature (1979)
Professional Associations
Tennessee State Bar
- Current
North Carolina State Bar
- Current
Georgia State Bar
- Current
Atlanta Bar Association
- Current
Alabama State Bar
- Current
Articles & Publications
David Bowie: Star Man
Paste Magazine
Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True
Paste Magazine
Eyemazing: The New Collectible Photography
Paste Magazine
King of Queens by George O'Dowd
Paste Magazine
Quit Your Job
Esquire Magazine
Salvador Dali: The Making of an Artist
Paste Magazine
The Street Photographer's Manual
Paste Magazine
Avoiding Traps That Snag the Unwary
Servicing Management Magazine
Speaking Engagements
Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy practice
WGUN?AM Radio, CBS Affiliate
Careers in Entertainment Law
Emory Law School
Debtor/Creditor Law, Continuing Legal Education
Georgia State University, College of Law
Music & the Law
Emory Law School
Panel Participant
Copyright for Artists
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Opportunities for the Sole Practitioner in Entertainment Law
Emory Law Student Sports and Entertainment Law Section
Money Matters: Keys to Advising Clients During Foreclosure and Repossession Actions in Georgia
National Business Institute
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. Do I need to have a company to create a trademark in order to own it or can I do it just... myself?
A: I assume you're referring to a record "label" and the productions that label produces. Here's the definition of trademark and service mark found at the Trademark Office: A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. Some examples include: brand names, slogans, and logos. The term "trademark" is often used in a general sense to refer to both trademarks and service marks. So, a registered trademark protects the "brand" of the label against infringement by others. On the other hand, a record label is simply a business that produces recorded music and then works to get that music into the market place. It is not necessary to register your service mark in order for a record label to produce recordings. However, it is a good idea to do so as soon as you begin to publicize your "brand" of record label.
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Contact & Map
Mark A. Baker Law, LLC
Of Counsel - Slipakoff, LLP
1701 Barrett Lakes Boulevard
Suite 160
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Telephone: (770) 727-8990
Mark A. Baker Law, LLC
1804 Old Fort Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone: (678) 999-3944