Geoff Gerber keeps waiting for his superpowers to materialize. In the meantime, he uses his lawyer-powers to litigate intellectual property disputes in administrative proceedings, trial courts, and on appeal. As a result, he also spends a chunk of his time counseling clients on safely protecting and using different types of intellectual property. After a decade in the large-law-firm setting, he co-founded The BrickHouse Law Group (www.brickhouselaw.com) to deliver these services with a greater degree of collaboration, flexibility, and critical attention to technology. From his secret lair in St. Louis, Geoff thinks and writes about how to improve and protect branding and trade identity. This involves copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and libel law. He has a special interest in character copyright, fair use and first amendment issues. His blog posts can be found at www.anchorplateip.com.
Melina Pinilla was a geek long before she became a lawyer. She has been attending science fiction and fantasy conventions for over a decade. Despite her commitment to role playing games, award-winning cosplay, and leading con-goers through the choreography of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, she graduated from St. Louis University Law School with honors and is an attorney at a large St. Louis law firm. She is a member of both the Missouri Bar and Illinois Bar, concentrating her practice in commercial litigation, including intellectual property.