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Last Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA
Ryan Blaney teaches Contracts in the LLM program at USC Gould School of Law. He has over 10 years of international transactional law experience with a focus in the entertainment, energy and tech start up industries. Blaney currently manages contracts for the Advanced Technology Division of Southern California Edison. In this role he sees all of the contracts and agreements that come through the division and is responsible for drafting, negotiating and tracking these agreements. Moreover, Blaney is responsible for the data privacy requirements of the division as well as complying with strict regulatory standards.
Blaney is a Pepperdine Law School graduate who wanted to supplement his knowledge of intellectual property by obtaining an LLM in International Intellectual Property Law from prestigious ESADE School of Law in Barcelona, Spain. While in Barcelona, he started his legal career working for a large Spanish intellectual property firm called J Isern working on licensing transactions and contract negotiations with a focus on software intellectual property.
After qualifying to practice in California, Blaney worked for a boutique intellectual property firm in Beverly Hills named Hodgson Law Group as an entertainment and technology associate. Clients ranged from musicians to large production companies whereby all sort of agreements were implemented and negotiated.
During the financial crisis of 2009 and faced with a dwindling client base at the firm, Blaney chose to leave the firm to pursue an opportunity with the large litigation firm of Quinn Emmanuel in Los Angeles. His focus was working on a large litigation for client Mattel, but Blaney soon became disenchanted with large firm life and wanted to try in-house opportunities.
In 2010, Blaney was given the opportunity to manage 47-50 people in the Compliance Division of Herbalife International where he was in charge of distributor agreements, operations against counterfeit products and agreements covering online content.
After four years with Herbalife, Blaney was offered the opportunity to work for SCE in the Advanced Tech space assisting with the contracts that SCE executed with third parties. These third parties being national labs, academic institutions and private entities. To further his interest in the tech space and innovation, Blaney developed a website [www.bolimini.com] whereby he has attracted several clients in the start-up space assisting with their contract work and risk mitigation of their business growth.
"Blindspot: Faith-Based Discrimination and the Misinterpretation of Sherbert v. Verner," Conference on Law, Religion and Complicity, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
"The Great Patent Grab", The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
"Parental Control Rights." In Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law, edited by Elizabeth Brake & Lucinda Ferguson. New York: Oxford Univerity Press, 2018.