PWHD attorneys can provide services for print and digital publishers and authors.


Our attorneys can assist on publishing issues including:

  • Author-publisher contracts

  • Author-"ghostwriter" contracts

  • Self-publishing contracts

  • Negotiating publishing contracts, film-rights deals and royalties for authors

  • Termination of publishing contracts and reversion of rights issues

  • Literary agents

  • Joint authorship and collaborations

  • Internet Publishing Copyright, titles and trademarks

  • Electronic literary property and publishing

  • Fiction, non-fiction, textbook, graphic novel, and digital publication agreements

  • Review of manuscripts for copyright and trademark infringement, defamation, and rights of publicity and privacy concerns

  • Copyright grant terminations

  • Corporate/company governance and transactional issues, including corporate structuring, confidentiality agreements, copyright and trademark filings, and business contract reviews

  • Litigation involving copyright, trademark, right of publicity and privacy matters, and business transactions and other intellectual property disputes

  • First Amendment, defamation and privacy issues


Our attorneys can help clients secure trade secret, trademark, copyright, and patent protection. If we cannot assist with your specific legal need, then we can help you find an attorney experienced in that area of practice.


Steven A. Meade, Esq., and Duncan G. Byers, Esq., provide services to clients with publishing law needs; contact Mr. Meade at (757) 223-4554 or, and Mr. Byers at (757) 223-4474 or