Bobby Desmond is admitted to practice law in New York and is currently seeking admission in Florida, too. In addition to receiving a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, he served as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Technology Law and Policy and as the Vice President of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Bobby spent his summers as a legal intern in New York City at AMC Networks and in Washington D.C. with America’s Public Television Stations at PBS. He currently writes an entertainment, media, internet, and IP law blog titled DJ turned JD.
In these roles, Bobby Desmond experienced the broad array of tasks that cross an in-house entertainment lawyer’s desk such as drafting a large variety of contracts for the television industry, from acquiring films and shows, hiring talent and casting agencies, licensing copyrights and trademarks for merchandising opportunities, and more. He worked extensively on drafting new employment policies to protect the network’s trade secrets and unreleased programming from leaking or hacking. He also researched a variety of legal questions (including right of publicity, guerrilla marketing tactics, virtual reality, sponsorship identification, and more) and advised the marketing department and other areas of the business on those matters. Bobby has significant experience in telecommunications legislation and regulation, having researched and drafted comments filed in FCC proceedings on topics ranging from ATSC 3.0 approval and the spectrum auction to copyright licenses and trademark infringement.
As an undergrad at the University of Florida, Bobby Desmond received a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Law. During this time, he worked part-time as an on-air radio personality on WYKS Kiss 105.3 FM. Additionally, he hosted and directed two web-series and wrote a weekly television column for the Independent Florida Alligator. A proud first generation college student, Bobby also acted as a Peer Mentor for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program.