Leigh’s practice includes technology and intellectual property law, business law, and employment matters. His passions and his practice are informed by his business and software experience to include contracts and licenses, intellectual property, taxation, hiring and employment, fundraising, and general business advising. Having been on the inside of three companies as they went through dramatic growth, Leigh seeks to apply lessons learned as well as his experiences to growing companies facing similar trajectories.
Leigh attended law school as an evening student while working as a software consultant to fortune 500 companies. Working first in finance and then in software, he learned how to collaborate for effective decision making. His legal career started in house at software companies, but he found his way to Immix in 2012 and has found great joy in serving as outsourced general counsel and as a specialist resource. Leigh focuses on providing real time, effective, and informed legal advice to companies and founders at inflection points.
Leigh seeks difficult problems and easy solutions – the best outcome is one that meets all the requirements with minimal complexity. Whether its advising on the use of copyrighted materials in an educational context, the intersection between IP protection and standards, or the applicability of established law to new technology like crypto-currency, Leigh is animated by a desire to solve problems and create positive momentum. Whether there’s a shareholder dispute, a technology or website build agreement that breaks-down, an ICO, or a copyright troll lawsuit, Leigh seeks to provide practical and targeted advice and guidance.
Leigh brings real world experience to the practice of law, both from practice lessons learned and from non-legal experience as a business analyst, project manager, and consultant. Ideas are powerful, and it is by enabling a business to share those ideas to the world, while keeping some control over them and planning for the future, that innovation occurs.
- American Bar Association – IP Committee – Young Lawyers CLE Chair
- Oregon State Bar, Technology Law Section (Secretary 2015, Treasurer 2016, Chair 2017)
- Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member & Workshops Committee Chair
- Oregon State Bar Futures Committee Member
- Mentor, Portland Startup Weekend
- Charter Member, TiE Oregon
- Oregon District Court – Copyright Pro Bono Attorney
- Small Business Legal Clinic, Pro Bono Champion 2013
- Speaker, “The Business Attorney’s Guide to Technology, Confidentiality Issues, National Business Institute,” (October 2017)
- Speaker, “Creative Entrepreneurs and IP Protection: Workshop for Art Students,” (April 2017)
- Co-Author, “Time to Face the Music: Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and Federal Copyright Laws, Landslide Magazine,” American Bar Association IP Law Section (June 2014)
- Speaker, “So Your Client Wants to Raise Money on the Internet: Crowdfunding Developments,” Oregon State Bar Computer and Internet Law Section (March 2014)
- Author, “Manifest Disregard After Hall Street: Back from the Dead–The Surprising Resilience of a Non-Statutory Grounds for Vacatur, 15,” Lewis & Clark Law Review 265 (2011)
- Co-Author, “Social Networking,” Oregon Business Lawyer (2010)
- Oregon State Courts
- District Court of Oregon
- Washington State Courts
- Lewis & Clark Law School – J.D., cum laude, Intellectual Property Certificate
- University of California, Santa Cruz – B.A. History