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Elizabeth A. Thomsen

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Bea Platt
Phone: 919.821.6641


Prior to joining Smith Anderson in 2015, Liz Thomsen was an Associate in the Media and Information Technologies group at a national firm in Washington, DC. Prior to her work in Washington, DC, she was an Associate at a large, global law firm in New York City, where she advised on intellectual property and technology transactions.

Liz's practice focuses on structuring, negotiating, and drafting agreements for complex transactions typically involving intellectual property. Her clients are organizations in a broad variety of industries, including the technology, media, and entertainment sectors. She counsels both established and start-up companies regarding strategic asset development, production, licensing, distribution, and protection, as well as the formation and operation of joint ventures and strategic alliances.

She has experience with technology, content, and data licensing and transfers; technology and software application development (including mobile application development); blockchain and distributed ledger technology; cloud computing and hosted technology; social media, user-generated content, and digital services; content production and distribution; advertising, marketing, and branded entertainment campaigns; and talent engagement, including a working knowledge of entertainment industry guild agreements. Liz also frequently provides counsel on data use, privacy, and security, as well as intellectual property and technology matters in large corporate transactions. She has extensive knowledge of and experience in the area of music-related copyright law.

  • American Bar Association, Member, Section of Intellectual Property Law and Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Member, Board of Directors, Justice Theater Project
  • Member, Smith Anderson Diversity Committee
  • Named New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel for 2011 for pro bono services



  • Represented an international health care group and its U.S. specialty pharmaceutical company subsidiary in obtaining multinational license rights to three cardiovascular drugs from a large public pharmaceutical company for $264 million in cash at closing, up to $480 million in milestone and royalty payments, and the assumption of up to $50 million in milestone payment obligations
  • Advised a private technology company in an agreement to purchase development-legal invoice analysis software

News & Publications


  • Co-Author, "U.S. State and Selected Federal Privacy and Data Security Developments 2011: On the Threshold of a Federal Law?" The Twelfth Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, 2011
  • Author, "What is a Webcaster to Do? A Look At the New Performance Rights License," Duke Law and Technology Review, 2008
  • Author, "Comcast & Net Neutrality: Will the FCC Take a Stance?"Duke Law and Technology Review Blawg, 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • New York


Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2009

Cornell University, B.S., with distinction, 2006

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