Elaine English offers a general legal practice that focuses specifically on media, entertainment and publishing law. She assists authors, journalists, photographers and other creators of intellectual property, small businesses and publishing companies, video, tv and production companies, talent and others with contracts, copyright, trademark, libel, privacy, pre-publication review, business operations, and other issues of law.
She also prepares powers of attorney, wills and trusts, especially for clients with intellectual property, and she advises and represents requesters of government information.
Elaine serves as General Counsel to several writers' organizations, including Washington Romance Writers, advising them on non-profit and other associational matters. For more information about specific areas of practice, see Areas of Practice.
She has more than twenty-two years' experience as an attorney in these fields, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She holds a B.A. from Randolph Macon Woman's College (Phi Beta Kappa), a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland, and her J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University.
She writes and lectures frequently on publishing topics and copyright law . For several years she taught a media law course at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 1991, she drafted legislation to amend the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act on behalf of the Mayor's Office. She is a member of the American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, and Communications Law Forum) and District of Columbia Bar (Estates, Trusts & Probate and the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Sections)
Her love of books compelled her in 2001 to begin offering services as a literary agent. In that capacity, she represents a select group of authors of commercial fiction, including women's fiction, romances, and cozy mysteries.. She defines women's fiction and romance broadly to include a full range of works from light contemporaries to dark historicals, sweet stories to hot and steamy, suspense, paranormal and fantasy. She is drawn to fresh, inventive stories with strong, believable characters and sharp writing. She is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. and is an RWA-recognized agent. She also is an associate member of Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America. She regularly attends writers' conferences and judges RWA chapter contests.