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Clyde Vanel owns and operates the Vanel Law Firm, an intellectual property and business law practice based in New York City. He represents entrepreneurs, business owners and entertainers from around the world. He specializes in trademark acquisition and licensing, copyright licensing and transfers, and patent licensing. He operates the e-commerce site where his firm protects your name, brand and logo for a fixed fee. Clyde is a prolific public speaker on topics ranging from idea protection to business legal matters. 

He was featured in numerous publications such as Money® Magazine and Black Enterprise® Magazine for his business acumen.  Clyde also owned and operated Vanel’s® Restaurant & Bar in Lower Manhattan for four years. Clyde is a private pilot and owns a single-engine airplane.

Boston University School of Law, JD
Journal of Science & Technology Law, Editor-in-Chief
SUNY, Aerospace Technology/Aviation Admin, BS
Student Government Association, President

Q&A With Clyde Vanel

BS: Your law firm has a unique way of legally aiding entrepreneurs, business owners, and entertainers. How did you come about providing this service?

Clyde Vanel: I believe in providing excellent legal services at an affordable rate. Many of my clients are entrepreneurs and small business owners that deserve high-quality representation, but can not afford big law firm fees. I take the time to truly understand my clients’ businesses and goals. I understand that the more familiar I am with my client, the better service I can provide for their short and long-term goals.

BS:  How did you decide to pursue a career in law? Has it been a rewarding one?

Clyde Vanel: Becoming an attorney, was never on my radar. I studied aviation and aerospace in college. During my undergraduate years, I was involved with student organizations where I participated in demonstrations at the state capitol.  I also worked with an attorney and lobbied public officials for public education funding. Additionally, two of my close friends decided to go to law school.

I truly enjoy being an attorney. I can honestly say that I found my life’s calling. It is truly rewarding to be able to use my knowledge, abilities, and acumen as an attorney to help others.

BS:  What are some pitfalls you’ve encountered? Have did you avoid from letting them deter you?

Clyde Vanel: There are many pitfalls and challenges in business and in life. I try to approach challenges as opportunities for growth. One thing for certain, as long as we are living, we will always encounter problems.  We do, however, control our reaction and response to problems and challenges. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!”

BS:  What other services are provided at your law firm?

Clyde Vanel: We provide trademark services where we protect your name, your brand or logo for a low flat fee. Brands are oftentimes the most valuable assets that businesses, websites or entertainers maintain.  It is very important

to properly maintain ownership of your brand in the event that you will license the brand, franchise the business or sell the company. Additionally, you may be susceptible to a trademark infringement law suit if you do not properly register your brand.

BS:  Are there other endeavors in which you’re pursuing or plan to pursue?

Clyde Vanel: I am very involved in many aspects of community empowerment in my community in Queens, New York.  I work to help improve education, senior services and economic opportunities.

BS:  In what ways do you believe the Black community can change for the good? What do you believe we need to strengthen?

Clyde Vanel: I believe that the national and global black community is a very powerful and strong community. The black community as a whole boasts immeasurable contemporary and historical accomplishments.  The black community must continue to make economic strides in this country and around the globe.

Contact Clyde Vanel:
Facebook Page:
Clyde Vanel, Esq.
Attorney & Owner
New York, NY 

Vanel Law Firm


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Midwin Charles is a New York attorney and founder of the law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC.  She provides regular commentary on law, pop culture and politics for various television shows and networks, including the Nancy Grace Show, The Joy Behar Show, Prime News and Showbiz Tonight on HLN, truTV, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, FOX Business Network, MSNBC, WPIX 11 and is guest host for “Express Yourself” on New York’s 107.5 WBLS.  Ms. Charles was a Legal Contributor for In Session (formerly Court TV) where she provided legal commentary for live trials daily on truTV.

Active in community affairs, Ms. Charles is a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council for American University’s Washington College of Law, the Marketing Committee of Syracuse University, the Planning Committee for Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and Board Member of the Haitian Roundtable. She has served as a member of the Civil Rights Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, lectured at Syracuse University and written for The Huffington Post.

Ms. Charles earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law, where she was an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Judge Eric L. Clay and as the A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Research Fellow in Social Justice at Harvard Law School, under the supervision of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Ms. Charles was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Q&A With Midwin Charles
BS: Did you ever encounter difficulty in career choice? If so, How did you choose which career was best for you?
Midwin Charles: Somewhat.  I always knew I wanted to be an attorney.  But then realized after working as a lawyer that I wanted more.  The field of law is often so programmed; the reason for this is because lawyers are trained to be risk averse so when you try to break out of the pre-programmed mold, folks can’t handle it!

BS: What were some of the difficulties you’ve encountered in your career? How did you overcome these obstacles?

Midwin Charles: I’d say the biggest difficulty was admitting to myself that I deserved more and should be happy with my work.  It sounds cliche and corny but its the truth.  Despite working at an international law firm and making a good living, I was not happy with my professional life.  But I had a problem admitting that to myself. Particularly since so many people could not understand my gripe; after all, I was gainfully employed!

BS: What choices have you made that has directed you to become the successful person you are today?

Midwin Charles: Wow.  So happy you think I’m a success.  I’d say the choice to risk it all and leave a secure job to do things my way.

BS: What motto do you live by? Why?
Midwin Charles: Do it, until you can’t.  I say this because there is a time and place for everything.  If you don’t do the most you can with what you have, that window of opportunity to do the most will pass and you won’t reap the reward or benefit that was meant for you at that time.
BS: What advice would you have for an individual interested in being in law and/or a television personality?
Midwin Charles: Hmm.  Good question.  I’d say choose your goal and understand clearly what it takes to get there.  Then do everything possible (that is legal) to obtain it.  If people tell you no, often it means you are on to something so keep pushing!

BS: What should we expect next from Midwin Charles?

Midwin Charles: Guest hosting “Express Yourself” on 107.5 WBLS, an issues-oriented talk show and contributions to various television networks.

Contact Midwin Charles:
Twitter: @MidwinCharles | @CharlesLawFirm


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