Joanne Belasco

Joanne Belasco

Nonprofit, Equine, Animal, and Environmental Law
  • Business Law, Animal & Dog Law, Trademarks ...
  • Massachusetts
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Biography

That’s me, Jo Belasco, Esq., in the picture with one of my horses, a Mustang mare named Reboot. You won’t see many pictures like that as an attorney profile picture, but I’m not your average attorney. I know that a lot of people are afraid of attorneys and the law. I believe the law is a tool we can use to enrich our lives. My job is to help you understand the law and use it in a way that helps you.

I do my job by explaining the law to you, not talking down to you or making you feel intimidated by it. One of my favorite things to do is make the law understandable and accessible to you. You shouldn’t be afraid of the law, and you certainly shouldn’t be afraid of the lawyer helping you. I have been an attorney since 1993 so I have the legal knowledge and experience you need and want in an attorney.

My law firm, Windhorse Legal, PLLC, is entirely virtual. I work with you via phone, email, or Zoom. I practice trademark law, nonprofit law, equine law, and animal law. I can help you with federal law no matter where you live, and I handle state law matters for Massachusetts. I help form businesses and nonprofits, secure federal tax-exempt status for nonprofits, and file federal trademark applications. I do not do any litigation. I have paid consultations available starting at 30 minutes. Contact me today, and let's see how I can help you!

Practice Areas
    Business Law
    Business Formation
    Animal & Dog Law
    Trademarks
    Trademark Registration
    Intellectual Property
    Environmental Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Nonprofit Law
  • Equine Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I charge $150 for a 30-minute consultation. Longer consultations are available at additional cost. I charge all flat fees for my services and provide my fee schedule on my law firm's website.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Windhorse Legal, PLLC
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Conduct federal trademark searches, file federal trademark applications, respond to USPTO Office Actions, monitor federal trademarks, assign federal trademarks, and renew federal trademarks; File federal copyright applications; Form nonprofit corporations and file for IRS tax-exempt status; Host Horses and the Law podcast concerning issues in equine law, such as equine business trademarks, equine nonprofits, equine welfare, and wild Mustang advocacy; Provide equine law services including drafting equine business contracts, forming Massachusetts equine businesses and nonprofits, providing equine business consultation, and giving interviews and writing articles; Provided Massachusetts animal law consultations; Drafted wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable Medicaid trusts, pet trusts, and incapacity documents.
Co-President (Formerly Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Sponsored Research Officer, and Director, Horse-Human Relationship Program)
Tapestry Institute
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Design and carry out programs that integrate different ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to the natural world; Conduct research and education about informing law with Indigenous Knowledge, specifically Indigenizing Environmental Law; Applying Indigenous law and land rights to funding Indigenous Knowledge research; Create and maintain business documents such as IRS 990 forms and state nonprofit compliance documents; Developed and directed the Horse-Human Relationship Program, including the Horse Ibachakali Program, which combined, horses, mindfulness, and Indigenous worldview; Developed and implemented major meetings and conferences, including “The Voice of the Horse” at Iowa State University (2007) and “Stories from the Circle: Science and Native Wisdom” at Diné College (2002); Secured external funding for programs through grants and donations, including monetary and item donations from celebrities such as actor Pierce Brosnan and author Dean Koontz.
Editor-in-Chief, Law Enforcement Publications
Quinlan Publishing Group
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Editor-In-Chief for Six Law Enforcement Publications: Arrest Law Bulletin; Investigative Stops Law Bulletin; Law Enforcement Employment Bulletin; Narcotics Law Bulletin; Police Department Disciplinary Bulletin; and Search and Seizure Bulletin; Researched recent case law to find most relevant and interesting cases to include in bulletins; Wrote and edited each law enforcement bulletin so non-lawyers could understand the current case law and apply it to their work; Wrote special reports on important and recently-decided case law; Researched, interviewed Internal Affairs Unit and Anti-Corruption Unit officers for, wrote, and edited the “Internal Affairs Investigation Handbook"; Wrote cases to be included in other legal bulletins, such as Workers Compensation Law Bulletin.
Staff Attorney
Boston Police Department Legal Advisor's Office
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Prosecuted department employees in departmental hearings and throughout the civil appellate process after Internal Affairs finished their investigations: Represented department employees at depositions and protected documents and investigative techniques; Provided department employees with legal advice concerning issues related to their law enforcement duties; Represented the department at hearings concerning the denial of or revocation of a license to carry a firearm; Responded to Freedom of Information Act requests and protected documents that were exempt from disclosure under the investigative exemption; Researched, prepared, argued and won a case concerning the protection of Criminal Offender Record Information at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Handled requests from the entertainment industry to use the Boston Police Department logo and uniform in movies and television series and their accompanying marketing products; Spoke to criminal justice classes.
Education
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1993) | Law
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Boston College
B.A. (1990) | Psychology
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Awards
Boston Police Distinguished Service Award
Boston Police Department
Boston Police Special Citation
Boston Police Department
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
Activities: Animal Law, Environmental Law, Endangered Species, Public Land and Resources, Native American Resources, Native American Concerns, Environmental Justice, Rights of Women,
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Federal Bar Association
Member
Current
Activities: Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section; Indian Law Section; Intellectual Property Law Section; International Law Section
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State Bar of Massachusetts  # 564054
Member
Current
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Publications
Speaking Engagements
MHU Lunch Chat: Covid - Legal Issues for the Horse Community, My Horse University Lunch Chat, Facebook Live
My Horse University
The replay is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MUdXwBnTN8 .
Websites & Blogs
Website
Windhorse Legal, PLLC
Legal Answers
26 Questions Answered
Q. Has this PresScents Trademark been abandoned? If so, what’s the cost to trademark the name with a different logo?
A: While it appears that the application was abandoned many years ago, you should have a trademark attorney conduct a search to make sure that a similar trademark was not registered. The USPTO will deny a similar mark if it creates confusion in the marketplace, so it doesn't have to be the exact same mark. Attorneys differ in the fees they charge and the services they offer. The USPTO filing fee is currently $350 per class, and you must register in at least one class. If you contact some different attorneys, you can ask about their fees and their services. Finding an attorney with whom you feel comfortable is important because the trademark process is taking about a year now to complete, and it's not an automatic approval.
Q. Does hiring a lawyer to create Privacy Policy benefit my company more than using an online Privacy Policy generator?
A: If you hire an attorney to either review one or to draft one for you, then you know it covers you appropriately. If you don't, there is always the chance that your document will miss an important legal clause or section that it needs to give you the protection you need. I know it costs more than crafting one yourself but it can save you hundreds or thousands later.
Q. Can I use the term Dragonborn for a humanoid dragon race without falling under copyright from D&D?
A: It sounds like you're asking about the trademark implications of you using that term. There are many factors to determine if you are infringing on someone's trademark. It would be best to have a trademark attorney conduct a comprehensive search at the USPTO to determine if you may run afoul of any trademarks owned by D&D or anyone else in connection with the name you want to use.
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Contact & Map
Windhorse Legal, PLLC
PO Box 678
Wilmington, MA 01887
Telephone: (617) 991-8905
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: I am entirely virtual so I serve all of Massachusetts for state matters and the entire country for federal matters, such as federal trademark registration and nonprofit tax-exempt status matters.