Mark Avsec is a partner and vice-chair of the Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP. A copyright, trademark and media lawyer by trade, Avsec focuses his practice on consumer products and technotainment (including music, celebrity endorsements and other entertainment-related technology licensing matters), providing legal support to various museums, technology and software companies and media, music, film, creative content and content distribution companies.
Before becoming a lawyer, Avsec earned a living as a studio musician, producer and songwriter, writing over 500 songs and producing or performing on more than 35 albums for artists such as Carlos Santana (“Angel Love”), Bon Jovi (“She Don’t Know Me”), Donnie Iris (“Ah! Leah!” and “Love Is Like A Rock”), Mason Ruffner (“Gypsy Blood”) and Wild Cherry (“Play That Funky Music, White Boy”). He was sued for copyright infringement (a lawsuit he won), which instigated his career change.