Mark E. Blankenship Jr. - Associate Attorney

-Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, LL.M. (2021 expected);

-J. David Rosenberg College of Law at the University of Kentucky, J.D. (2019);

  • Operations Manager, Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 107;
  • Vice President, UK Sports & Entertainment Law Society

-Georgia Southern University, B.A., magna cum laude, (2015)

  • Historian, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (2012-14)


Mark Edward Blankenship Jr. joined Ott Law Firm as an Associate in April 2021. In addition, he is remotely pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M.), with an emphasis in intellectual property law, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law (2019), where he served as the Operations Manager for Volume 107 of the Kentucky Law Journal (the tenth oldest continually published law review in the United States), the Vice President for the UK Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and as a research assistant for Professor Brian L. Frye. During law school he did internships for the Georgia Public Defender, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville’s Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (VLPA), and a judicial externship for Hon. Kimberly N. Bunnell of the Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, KY.

Blankenship has written various legal excerpts and other scholarship for: Center for the Study of Law & Religion at Emory University, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law, Arizona State Sports and Entertainment Law JournalIllinois Business Law JournalUIC Review of Intellectual Property Law (formerly John Marshall RIPL), and Kentucky Law Journal Online.

Prior to law school, he graduated magna cum laude from Georgia Southern University with a B.A. in Music (percussion emphasis), and a minor in Business. During his time at Georgia Southern University, Blankenship participated in various ensembles and became a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and other honor societies.

Academic Publications:

  • With Eyes to See and Ears to Beer: Navigating Multisensory IP in the Midst of “Sonic Seasoning” and Breakthroughs in Gastrophysics, 22 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. _ (forthcoming 2021).
  • A Horse Walks into a Bar: Comparing Easterbrook’s Criticized Cyberlaw Analogy to the Study of Alcoholic Beverage Law & Regulation, 25 Ill. Bus. L.J. 41 (2020).
  • Harry Potter & the “Chinese” Philosopher’s Stone: Deconstructing Copyright Piracy Through Shanzhai, 19 UIC Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 101 (2020).

Licensed in:

Missouri (2020); E.D. Mo. (2020)