Of Counsel

(202) 408-7600



Trademarks and Unfair Competition
Internet and New Media
Entertainment and the Arts
Nonprofit Organizations
Small Business


Harvard Law School, J.D. (1981)
Duke University, B.A. (1977, cum laude, Angier B. Duke Scholar)


District of Columbia

Carolyn Wimbly Martin has 29 years of experience as an accomplished intellectual property lawyer for leading media companies as well as a business executive developing intellectual properties that generate revenue and build brands.

Ms. Martin spent 16 years at Gannett Co., Inc., most recently as Director of New Media, Planning and Development, where she helped build the USA TODAY brand and introduced over 50 new market-driven products in education, print, electronic publishing and merchandising. Prior to joining Gannett in 1985, she was in private practice at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, D.C.

After more than two decades in the corporate world developing new products and brands, in 2002 Ms. Martin co-founded Giving Tree Group, LLC, a brand building and intellectual property development consulting firm for non profit organizations and value-based companies. Her clients have included Catholic Charities USA, Cambridge Information Group, CSA, the National Archives Experience, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sitar Arts Center, Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London and New York and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA/GLOBALCOMM).

Ms. Martin has 20 years experience as an Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property, Media and Internet law. She currently teaches Intellectual Property Management at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Ms. Martin has significant corporate governance experience, having served on the boards of a range of for profit and non profit institutions, including The Away Network, Luxury Link, LLC,, Inc., I/PRO (Board Observer), Georgetown Day School (Board President 2008-2010), Center for Inspired Teaching, National Child Research Center, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University and Greater Washington Boys & Girls Clubs.



  • Securing visual artists rights clearances.
  • Vetting documentaries for rights clearances, insurance coverage and distribution issues.
  • Reviewing client publication polices with respect to such issues as attribution and third party use.
  • Advising on copyright ownership policy for employees, fellows and contract staff.
  • Advising on compliance regarding online contests.
  • Designing employee and board of trustee intellectual property education programs.
  • Reviewing client websites for copyright, trademark and patent issues to determine ownership and use rights; preparing terms of use statements; reviewing privacy policies for purposes of compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and other applicable laws.
  • Representing religious television producers and syndicators before the Copyright Royalty Board of the Library of Congress in proceedings to determine the allocation of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual cable and satellite royalties.
  • Litigating in federal court on behalf of plaintiffs, including:
  • the creators of the award-winning STOMP ROCKET® toy against the manufacturers/importers and distributors of a knock-off.
  • a Doe, in the case of West Bay One, Inc. v. Does 1-2000, in an effort to quash a subpoena aimed at movie downloaders, targeting several thousand BitTorrent users.
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  • Law of the Web: A Field Guide to Internet Publishing, by Jonathan D. Hart, Contributor
  • A Marriage of Necessity, Newspaper Association of America, Co-Author with Arnold Lutzker
  • Copyright & Trademarks, Protecting Your Assets, Newspaper Association of America, Co-Author with Arnold Lutzker
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  • The Impact of Multimedia, The Internet and Online Services on Content Licensing: A Mock Negotiation, Technology Law for the Information Age, D.C. Bar Computer and Telecommunications Law Section
  • Multimedia: The Changing Landscape, D.C. Bar Winter Convention Seminar
  • Media Technology Seminar, Texas Instruments Virtual University, Dallas, Texas
  • Association of News Media Internal Auditors
  • Music Meets Technology, D.C. Bar, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Washington Area Music Association, Georgetown University Law Center Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • International Federation of Newspaper Executives
  • The Brookings Institution – MIT Alfred Sloan Fellows
  • Wireless Data Conference
  • University of Navarro, Pamplona, Spain
  • Research and Engineering Council of the Graphics Arts Industry, Inc.
  • Conference on Newspaper and Telecommunications Opportunities, Voice, Fax and Online Services, The Kelsey Group
  • Mobile Data Conference & Exhibition
  • Journalism in the Information Age, New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Understating Business Policy and Operations, Brookings Institution Conference for Corporate Executives
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