Lisa Lucas

is the founder and principal partner of Lucas LLP. In addition to advising clients on specific legal issues, Lisa coordinates the firm’s publishing consultation work.

Lisa developed her extensive business and legal experience in several industries including trade publishing, academic book and journal publishing, online publishing, software development, marketing and public relations, and commercial real estate. She has held editorial, legal, and management positions at the University of Chicago Press, McGraw-Hill, and Harcourt Trade Publishers (formerly Harcourt Brace & Company, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

The breadth of her experience reflects her deep and long-standing interest in bringing new and interesting creative work to a wider audience, and she draws upon her personal experience acquiring projects, editing manuscripts, negotiating publishing contracts, licensing subsidiary rights and managing those relationships, managing copyright registrations and research, and resolving disputes. When helping clients determine and strategically evaluate their options, Lisa also benefits from her marketing and public relations experience on behalf of companies ranging from start-up technology ventures to book publishers to one of Chicago’s top five commercial real estate firms.

Lisa received her B.A. in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA Law, Lisa was a Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review. Her research and commentary on the legal battle over interstate wine shipment to consumers were published in the February 2005 issue of the UCLA Law Review.

A member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Los Angeles Copyright Society, Lisa also supports The Authors Guild.

In addition to her participation in associations for legal and publishing professionals, Lisa is an active member of the sustainable food and agriculture community. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and served as a coleader of the Los Angeles chapter of Slow Food USA (2004-2012) and as Slow Food USA’s regional governor for Southern California (2009-2013). Lisa has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Garden School Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization “dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary program of education through garden-based learning in outdoor living classrooms.”

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Terrence Talbot

is cofounder and partner of Lucas LLP. His legal practice is focused primarily on the software development industry and is complemented by his talents and experience as an award-winning software architect and engineer.

In addition to holding management and software development positions at Nicholas|Applegate Capital Management, Sun Microsystems, and Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Terrence has been a founder, chief operating officer, vice-president of product development, and general counsel for several start-up ventures. To Lucas LLP he brings hands-on experience at all stages of such ventures, from idea conception, personnel recruitment, software development, and incorporation to securing angel and venture capital funding, establishing foreign entities, overseeing foreign employees and contractors, and developing exit strategies. Terrence is equally at home negotiating deal terms in the boardroom as he is architecting and refining a software application’s code with a team of engineers, a combination that is unusual and extraordinarily helpful in today’s technology-driven markets.

In addition to serving as a business and legal consultant to start-up companies, Terrence has edited several published volumes of high-level programming books. He was the cofounder of Karelia Software and codeveloper of Sandvox, a website development application for Macintosh computers.

Terrence received his B.A. in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association and a contributor to several technology forums and developer groups.