Mark E. Blankenship Jr.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, LL.M. (2021);
J. David Rosenberg College of Law at the University of Kentucky, J.D. (2019);
- Operations Manager/Communications Editor, Kentucky Law Journal, Volume 107;
- Vice President, UK Sports & Entertainment Law Society
Fred & Dinah Gretsch School of Music at Georgia Southern University, B.A., magna cum laude, (2015)
- Historian, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (2012-14)
- Missouri (2020-Present)
- Eastern District of Missouri (2020-Present)
- Western District of Missouri (2022-Present)
- Southern District of Illinois (2021-Present)
- Central District of Illinois (2021-Present)
- District of Colorado (2022-Present)
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Mark Edward Blankenship Jr. joined Ott Law Firm as an Associate in April 2021, and currently serves as the Media Law Committee Chair for the Missouri Bar Association. His specializations include: labor and employment law, commercial tort litigation, intellectual property law, sports and entertainment transactions and licensing, and data privacy law. In addition to handling employment and commercial disputes against media/telecommunications companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Blankenship has represented musical artists and other entertainers in negotiations with various talents agencies, record labels, and producers both in and out of St. Louis. He was nominated for Missouri Lawyer’s 2023 Sports & Entertainment Attorneys POWER List.
Additionally, Blankenship has written legal scholarship involving the behavioral, technological, and societal influences impacting intellectual property law and Internet law, as well as the employment and labor aspects of the media and entertainment industries. Such works have been featured in the South Carolina Law Review, the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, the UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law, and many others (available on SSRN).
Blankenship obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.), with an emphasis in intellectual property law, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. He also 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 the Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law 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. 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.
- Oli London in the Workplace: Transracial Identity and Employment Discrimination in the Post-Bostock Era, 38 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp. L. _ (forthcoming 2023).
- Gastrophysics and Intellectual Property Law: Analyzing the Legal and Market Effects of a Reimagined Form of Culinary Art and Science, 75 S.C. L. Rev. _ (forthcoming 2023).
- “Apprenticeship” as IP Metaphor: A Modern & Innovative Natural Law Approach in Intellectual Property Law, 50 N. Ky. L. Rev. 33 (2023).
- “I’m Not a Biologist”: A Hayekian Perspective on the Judge’s Implementation of Knowledge and the Umpire Analogy, 20 Rutgers J.L. Pub. Pol’y 77 (2023).
- Dead Frogs, Dissected Jokes, & Thin Copyright: Analyzing Copyrightable Elements and Legal Protection of Stand-Up Comedy, 2 Fla. Enter. & Sports L. Rev. 117 (2023).
- Oh Brother, Where Art Thou Royalties? Reflecting on the Emergence of Bluegrass and Appalachian Folk Music in Promoting the American Music Fairness Act, 49 J. Legis. 101 (2023).
- Laid to Rust: Proposing Strict Liability in Tort for Prop Firearm Injuries Following the Alec Baldwin Shooting, 7 Nev. L.J. Forum 76 (2023).
- With Eyes to See and Ears to Beer: Navigating Multisensory Intellectual Property Rights in the Craft Beer Industry, 21 Wake Forest J. Bus. & Intell. Prop. 395 (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).
- Co-Founder, Missouri Free Speech Launch Meeting at Schlafly Library (June 1, 2023).
- Media Law Spring Committee Meeting – The Impact of CDA Section 230 on E-Commerce CLE, Mo. Bar (May 15, 2023) (on file with author).
- Media Law Fall Committee Meeting – Litigation Takeaways from 2022’s High-Profile Cases CLE, Mo. Bar (Nov. 17, 2022) (on file with author).
- Alumni Member, Copyright 101 Presentation at the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity 57th National Convention (July 22, 2022).
- Student Led Webinar, Cardozo Sch. L. (December 15, 2021) (on file with author).
- American Bar Association (2021-Present)
- American Intellectual Property Law Association (2021-Present)
- Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (2021-Present)
- Federal Communications Bar Association (2022-Present)
- Intellectual Property Owners Association (2022-Present)
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (2021-Present)
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (2022-Present)
- Missouri Bar Media Law Committee Chair (2022-2023)