Panelists for Social Media and IP Law








Knud Berthelsen

The panel is moderated by Knud Berthelsen, CEO of Connect + Trade LLC, an online marketing firm with global perspective.  Connect + Trade helps clients develop and control their online presence, generate and manage online content, connect with and sell to customers near and far, and analyze data to optimize marketing.  To do this the company has developed an Ecommerce Platform for clients to sell their products through, and an Export Market Index to determine the right new markets for their products. Knud holds an MBA with concentrations in International Business, Strategic Management & Leadership from Tulane University, and a BA in North-American Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway.  Before he moved to New Orleans to pursue his MBA and later found his company, Knud spent a decade in free-market think tanks and politics in his native country of Norway, the Nordic Countries, and the US.  Knud teaches global business in the Tulane MBA, PMBA, and Master of Management programs, and tries to find time to finish his book on how new technology lets anyone sell to anyone anywhere.

Panelists include:

A Justin Ourso


Justin Ourso, a partner at Jones Walker, enjoys the challenge of working with clients to solve difficult problems with creative strategies.  Justin is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, who practiced seventeen years in New Orleans before returning to his native Baton Rouge. He practices in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana, and has practiced in federal court outside of Louisiana. He also practices in the Trademark Office of the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office and in the Copyright Office.  Mr. Ourso practices primarily in three areas: business litigation; intellectual property counseling, litigation, and transactions; and media law. He also has a selective practice in state agency regulatory disputes and experience in entertainment law.  Justin’s current areas of interest and research are trademarks in social media, including social media policies for businesses; geographical indications; and web site audits.  Justin has been active in the committee work of the International Trademark Association (formerly, the United States Trademark Association) since 1994 and of the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association since 2001.


Will Manuel

Will Manuel, partner at Bradley, Arandt, Boult, Cummings, focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in both Mississippi and other jurisdictions.  Will’s clients include numerous manufacturers and commercial interests as well as various insurance and financial services companies. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Will also has experience in advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. Will’s focus is on active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial.  Will received his J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law, and received a B.A., Political Science, from Mississippi State University magna cum laude, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar.


Rick Biagi

Rick Biagi is a partner with the intellectual property and marketing law firm of Neal & McDevitt, LLC in Northfield, IL.  Rick’s practice includes counseling clients in the areas of selection, adoption, use and protection of trademarks, copyrights and domain names on a worldwide basis, as well as licensing of intellectual property, and advertising and promotions law compliance.  Rick’s extensive litigation experience includes proceedings involving intellectual property and advertising disputes before U.S. Federal Courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  Rick currently serves as Vice Chair of the Pro Bono Committee for the International Trademark Association and Chair of the Trademark Litigation Committee for the ABA’s IPL Section as well as being a member of the Editorial Board for the ABA-IPL Section’s magazine, Landslide.  He received his Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, magna cum laude, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Illinois.  Rick has received numerous awards and recognition for his pro bono advocacy and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations in addition to holding elected office in Park Ridge, IL where he resides with his wife and five children.


Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan, partner at InfoLawGroup, has over ten years of legal experience focused on digital and offline marketing, promotions, and ad campaigns and all legal issues touching on them.  As a media, advertising, promotions, and intellectual property lawyer, Heather works closely with clients to develop, launch, and administer all types of advertising campaigns and promotions. Heather’s practice covers the spectrum of traditional and emerging advertising, promotions, and intellectual property issues. She regularly works on promotional offers, giveaways, sweepstakes, skill contests, games, loyalty programs, coupons, rebates, web sites, and mobile apps, as well as e-mail, text message, mobile marketing, and viral marketing campaigns, and all related agreements, terms, disclosures, and campaign elements. Heather has extensive experience handling all aspects of promotions that involve charities and charitable causes.  Heather is a member of the Promotions Marketing Association, now called the Brand Activation Association, and a frequent speaker at its annual law conference.

Please join the GCIPA in welcoming this distinguished group of panelists on October 30, 2014!