Dan Pollack launched his firm with one primary objective: help creators and start-ups share their work with the world. With 15+ years of experience at leading law firms in the United States and Canada and through in-house counsel roles in the media industry, including as General Counsel for an international image licensing agency, Dan provides his clients with big firm skills without big firm rates. This experience provides Dan with a deep understanding of the complex legal issues that confront creative entrepreneurs.
Dan Pollack Law primarily focuses on intellectual property, new media and entertainment law. In particular, Dan often works with creators such as photographers, filmmakers, musicians and writers to help them protect and gain value from their work. Dan also regularly advises his clients on legal issues relating to marketing, licensing, social media, litigation, privacy and corporate law. He often speaks at events and seminars about important legal issues for photographers and other creators.
Dan started his legal career in Silicon Valley, specializing in intellectual property and commercial litigation at a global firm. In 2006, Dan returned to his hometown of Toronto to article and work as an associate at McCarthy Tétrault, handling patent litigation and copyright matters. In 2008, Dan moved to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the nation’s leading performing rights organization, to lead SOCAN’s copyright enforcement efforts. From 2010 until 2016, Dan served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Masterfile, an image licensing agency.
In addition to his work with creator and start-up clients, Dan acts as legal counsel for the two leading associations of professional image creators in Canada. He also serves on the legal committee for the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) and is a frequent contributor to The Lawyer’s Daily on copyright and intellectual property issues.
Dan received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He was called to the bar in California in 2002 and in Ontario in 2008. Dan also successfully completed the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Before becoming a lawyer, Dan worked as a paralegal at a New York City boutique litigation firm and taught English in Japan. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a B.A. (Hons) in History.
Dan grew up in downtown Toronto and continues to live there after his time abroad. In his free time, Dan enjoys coaching youth baseball, playing tennis (badly), reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction and spending time with his wife and two sons – if they so desire.