Silvershift® offers the services of Joe Bogdan, an experienced executive and lawyer licensed to practice in California, Connecticut and Illinois, and who for over 25 years has been at the forefront of developments in intellectual property and the businesses that rely upon it. Joe is experienced in a range of roles, business sizes and leverage balances. A creative, problem-solving "doer" with a long history of both rolling up sleeves on substantive work and building and leading teams to strategize, then execute, Joe is a talented, visionary negotiator who knows how to catalyze, and then close, complex and mission-critical transactions. Comfortable in high-profile and frenetic environments, as well as in times of both prosperity and crisis, those who know Joe best describe him as driven, energetic, self-motivated, meticulous, hard-working, and unencumbered by conventional thinking.
Before launching the Silvershift® brand of services, Mr. Bogdan spent 10 years as an in-house legal, business affairs and operations executive. That time was spent first with two successive venture-backed, early-stage companies: one an early internet streaming technology provider, and the other an educational video game publisher. Joe then became a senior executive at World Wrestling Entertainment, which recruited Joe to bring experience, management and depth to the Legal and Business Affairs staff. With WWE for nearly four years, Joe held primary and supervisory responsibility for all legal matters relating to Talent Relations, Digital and New Media, Intellectual Property, Television Operations, Music, Marketing, Consumer Products, and Books and Publications.
Prior to his 10 years in industry, Mr. Bogdan was in private practice with large law firms, splitting his time between litigation and transactional matters. During that time, Joe performed cutting edge legal work for high profile clients, trained other partners and associates, and became a frequent and sought-after speaker on "technertainment™" and other issues. Joe ended his private practice career as a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips in Los Angeles, and also practiced at Gardner, Carton & Douglas in Chicago and Milgrim, Thomajan & Lee in New York and Los Angeles.
Currently, Mr. Bogdan devotes significant time and effort not only to Silvershift® and its dynamic client base, but also to teaching at the collegiate level. Joe is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Live and Performing Arts Concentration in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management Department at Columbia College Chicago. At Columbia College Chicago, Joe’s course offerings include "Club Management," "Entertainment Law," "Entrepreneurship," "Events Management," "Managing and Licensing Intellectual Property Portfolios," and "The Business of Live and Performing Arts." Joe has also been an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut School of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Mr. Bogdan has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois (1985), and both an M.A. in Communications and a J.D. from the University of Southern California (1988).