Legal counsel to entrepreneurs, music industry professionals and publishers, litigator, brand muse, and guardian of big ideas. Meet Cheryl Hodgson, founder of Brandaide.. Cheryl provides a unique combination of legal expertise and practical business experience based upon her career in the music industry. Her successful career as a federal court litigator in cases involving music industry contracts, trademarks and copyrights guarantee strong advocacy in business, calculated to seal the deal, while minimizing future risks.

Cheryl oversees brand protection for clients world-wide through her network of trademark professionals. Clients include entertainers, entrepreneurs, publishers, fashion brands, natural food brands, coaches, trainers, authors, music technology and publishers. When it comes to protection for brands, licensing and royalties, Cheryl has become the “lawyer’s lawyer” to whom other attorneys turn for advice.

Cheryl Hodgson offers a unique combination of legal expertise and practical business experience based upon years of experience in the music industry as a manager, agent, and music publisher. Cheryl’s expertise in music publishing was tapped by the late Bill Graham, when Cheryl joined the Bill Graham management team where she worked with Eddie Money, Joe Satriani, and the Neville Brothers and oversee the Bill Graham music publishing catalog.

She was the first attorney to rescind recording agreements, suing to recover the famous Kingsmen’s recording of “Louie Louie.” She also took on Fonovisa and Univision in a hard-fought battle over willful theft of the BANDA ZETA music group name, resulting in a large financial settlement.

Cheryl was one of the first music attorneys to advocate strong brand protection for musical artist names and lyrics. In the late 90’s, she won an important legal decision granting protection for the song title “Louie Louie” as a trademark. She presently serves trademark counsel to artists such as The Cure, Gregg Allman, Black Flag and Miguel as well as a number of music libraries and music technology companies in Los Angeles.

Cheryl practices in the following areas:

  • Branding for Personal Brands, products and services
  • Global Trademark Protection Strategy and Registration
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings
  • Domain name protection and enforcement
  • Trademark Certification Licensing Programs
  • Advising Family Law Counsel as to Copyright Assets in Marital Dissolution
  • Music Copyright Acquisition and Sale Transactions
  • Music Licensing and Clearance
  • Music Publishing and Recording Transactions
  • Branded entertainment
  • Endorsement, licensing and sponsorship agreements
  • Trade secrets, privacy and confidentiality
  • Trademark Copyright Infringement Litigation


  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Eight Years
  • Top 1000 IP Attorneys, World Trademark Review
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Music Law, Loyola Law School
  • Denver Law Journal, Senior Editor
  • Winner ASCAP Nathan Burkan Copyright Competition
  • Author of Registered Trademark: The Business Owners’ Essential Guide to Brand Protection
  • Frequent Speaker including the Beverly Hills Bar Association; California Copyright Conference; E Marketing Association; Estate Planning Counsel
  • Founder of and Host of the Brandaide Podcast

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1978, California 1985, New York, 1989


  • J.D. University of Denver College of Law, Cum Laude
  • M.A. Spiritual Psychology, University of Santa Monica
  • B.A. Louisiana Tech University, Magna Cum Laude

Associations and Activities

  • Past President and Board Member, California Copyright Conference
  • Association of Independent Music Publishers
  • International Trademark Association
    • Internet Committee 2016-2017
    • Emerging Issues Subcommittee 2010-2011;
    • ADR Programs Committee 2007-2009
  • Federal Court Mediator, U.S. District Court, Los Angeles