Melanie J. Howard’s practice focuses on data privacy and security and intellectual property issues within the context of both litigation and transactional matters. She represents clients from industries that include advertising, automotive, technology, entertainment, media and retail. Ms. Howard regularly counsels clients on IP matters attendant to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing and endorsement deals, and other complex commercial transactions. She is experienced in drafting and negotiating technology and data-related agreements involving e-commerce, social media platforms and applications, web development and technology licensing, including software-as-a-service agreements. Melanie also has extensive experience in copyright and trademark infringement disputes, false advertising cases, right of publicity cases and entertainment contractual disputes, along with a wide array of internet-related intellectual property disputes. Ms. Howard was an assistant professor at Pepperdine Law School, where she taught mediation at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and created a new course in social entrepreneurship and microfinance, which was offered both at the law school as well as the Graziadio School of Business and Management. While at Pepperdine, Ms. Howard directed and obtained endowments for both the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics. Melanie continues to enjoy adjunct teaching and guest lecturing.