Practicing IP law above the house of blues®
Suzette Toledano of Toledano Entertainment and Arts Law thrives on puzzling out legally interesting challenges. Her “rock” and “roll” legal practice has evolved from protecting and licensing copyrights and trademarks in the music and entertainment business to creatively branding, protecting and licensing intellectual property in the cannabis business, an avant-garde combination that suits her spirited personality. Together with her family, she developed the real estate where the prototype House of Blues is located, resulting in the creation of a Vieux Carre Entertainment District and positively impacting the land use of the Upper Decatur quadrant of the French Quarter. above which she lives and works in the New Orleans French Quarter.
First venturing into the cannabis space in August of 2015, Suzette provides intellectual property legal services to a branding client operating in the States of Colorado, Nevada and Washington (where adult use cannabis is legal) on trademark and licensing issues pertinent to the Willie Nelson Willie’s Reserve trademarks and The Grateful Dead trademarks. She also proudly provides intellectual property licensing services to a Colorado medical cannabis company known worldwide for its work with children suffering with Dravet's Syndrome and a California medical cannabis dispensary known to have established the “gold standard” for dispensaries. She is also working with a developer of a doctor-patient software designed to determine the efficacy of medical marijuana dosing and delivery methods. In 2017 she led a team who submitted an application to be the operator on behalf of a Louisiana university’s Therapeutic Marijuana Producer’s license.
Representative clients include: The National World War II Museum, the Louisiana Children's Museum, the reigning Miss America, whose social impact initiative is to educate Americans to use prescription drugs responsibly, "The Pharmacist," Dan Schneider, whose 4-part series premiered on Netflix in February 2020, Digital Artist and Electromineralist, Android Jones, and various record labels, music publishers, concert promoters, recording artists, songwriters, producers, visual artists, photographers, authors, screenwriters and filmmakers, with Oscar and Grammy nominees/winners among them.
Proud to have served as a Board Member of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. for almost 20 years, Suzette’s additional civic involvement includes multiple past terms of serving on the boards of non-profit arts, education, real estate, women’s business and healthcare non-profit organizations. She is a 1976 journalism graduate of The University of Texas in Austin and a 1979 graduate of Tulane University Law School. Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and designated as a Super Lawyer for 2020-2022 and recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice category of Entertainment Law-Music, Motion Pictures and Television.