About David

David Valentine-Elam is a Partner with Petronzio Schneier Co., LPA in Cleveland, Ohio.  His practice focuses on intellectual property licensing and registration, technology transactions, and corporate matters. His clients include individual artists, authors, and designers, as well as established information technology companies and software developers.


Practice Areas


• Content & Technology Licenses
• E-Commerce Business Formation
• E-Commerce Litigation
• Internet Contracts
• Internet Marketing
• Joint Ventures
• Legal Disclaimers
• Privacy Policies
• Terms of Use
• Web Hosting & Servicing Agreements

Technology & Intellectual Property

• Advertising & Marketing
• Angel and Venture Capital Financing
• Computer Law, Technology, and the Internet
• Copyright, Trademark, and Trade Secrets
• Corporate and Tax for Technology Companies
• Domain Name Disputes
• Entertainment
• Intellectual Property Litigation
• Internet & Electronic Commerce
• Licensing
• Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting
• Trade Secrets
• Trademarks & Service Marks



When we were approached about sellScott Hammond and Nicole King on a photography triping our entire photo collection, we immediately contacted David and asked for his help. Not only because he is a dear friend that we have known for many years, but because he specializes in intellectual property law. And as an artist himself, he has a client’s perspective on these types of transactions because he’s gone through them personally.

David was very mindful to walk us through every aspect of our contract, explaining details in a way that we could easily understand and in the end, negotiated a much better deal than what was originally offered to us.

Originally, we were extremely apprehensive about entering into a contract with a buyer, but with David’s guidance, the process actually became a pleasurable experience.

We cannot recommend David’s services highly enough.

Scott Hammond
N. King

Any artist with an interest in protecting their work should have someone like David on their side. His knowledge of intellectual property law combined with his own creative background makes him the perfect person to turn to when trying to protect yourself and your work from exploitation. When I first started I figured I could handle the buisness end of things alone, but trust me, do yourself a favor and have him look over any contracts you are thinking of signing. You wont regret it.

Jeremy Kalgreen

Publications and Speaking

American Bar Association Art Law Article

Software Copyrights Guest Blog

Various speaking events on Intellectual Property Law, Art Law, Information Technology Law, and Corporate Law at galleries, business incubators, and corporate training seminars.