Verv focuses on protecting intellectual property: trademark and copyright registration, infringements, licensing, and right of publicity. Although the firm enjoys working with a range of business sizes and structures, its true niche is with creative professionals.
In the interests of efficiency and stewardship, Verv runs a paperless office and uses online billing. Project-based flat fees are offered where possible to help business owners budget for legal work. As an additional service, on-site meetings at client locations are also available.
Sharra S. Brockman, Attorney
:: State Bar of Minnesota
:: State Bar of Pennsylvania (Retired)
:: U.S. District Court, Western District of
:: State Bar of Indiana (Inactive)
:: Indiana University - Indianapolis, J.D.
:: Huntington University, B.A.
Careers in IP Law: Avenues and Opportunities, Author and Editor-in-Chief, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (April 2013).
"Getting the Last Laugh Out of Trademark Parody," Co-Author, Landslide magazine, Vol. 4 No. 3 (January/February 2012).
E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law, Second Edition, Contributing Author, BNA Bloomberg (December 2011).
“Copyright,” Legal Stuff, Hennepin County Bar Association Publishing, 2010.
Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments 2009, Contributing Author, ABA Publishing, 2010.
Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Indiana Death Penalty Assessment Report, Contributing Author and Research Analyst, American Bar Association, 2007.
All Clear? Practical Tips for Trademark Searches and Opinions (July 2015), Moderator, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
Here There Be Dragons: Ps and Qs of Marketing an Entertainment and IP Law Practice Online (May 2015), Panelist, The Florida Bar: Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Annual Retreat, Orlando, Florida
Where Are We and Where Are We Headed? U.S. Copyright Law in Review (August 2014), Moderator, ABA Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
What's the Use? A Comparative View of Trademark Use Requirements (April 2014), Panelist, ABA-CLE Webinar
I Created It: Should I Protect It? (April 2014), Speaker, Women in Networking Business Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Watching Your Virtual Ps & Qs: Ethical Considerations in Marketing Your Law Practice in Social Networks (May 2013), Panelist, The Florida Bar: Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Annual Retreat, Key Largo, Florida
Restart and Refocus: Transitioning Into and Jump-Starting Your Non-Traditional Career in Intellectual Property (April 2013), Panelist, ABA-IPL 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference, Arlington, Virginia
Trademark Prosecution: Lessons from the Trenches (2012), Moderator, ABA-CLE Webinar
Ownership of Digital Media and Electronic Privacy (2011), Panelist, ABA-CLE Webinar
The Nuts & Bolts of Trademark Law (2011), Moderator, ABA-CLE Webinar
Intro to Copyright and Trademark Law (2011), Speaker, LawReviewCLE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I Created It: Should I Protect It? (2010), Speaker, Women in Networking Business Seminar, St. Paul, Minnesota
Copyright Considerations and Stock Photography (2010), Speaker, Cultivate by deZinnia, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota
Professional Affiliations & Community Involvement
:: Council Member, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law
Section (ABA-IPL), 2015-present
:: Board Member, Books Editorial Board, ABA-IPL, 2013-present
:: Chair, Young Lawyers Action Group (YLAG), ABA-IPL, 2013-2015
:: Vice Chair, YLAG, ABA-IPL, 2012-2013
:: Board Member, Membership Board, ABA-IPL, 2012-2013
:: Intellectual Property Fellow 2009-2012, American Bar Association
:: Subcommittee Chair, YLAG Publications Subcommittee, ABA-IPL, 2010-2012
:: Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Association New Lawyers
:: Board Member, Minnesota Orchestra’s Crescendo Project 2009-2010
:: Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers 2007-2010
:: Member, Minnesota State Bar Association 2007-2010
:: Member, Contributors’ Circle, Minneapolis Institute of Art 2007-2010