We’re wilkmazz.

Emily Wilkinson started her career by leading the legal and development teams and serving as board secretary at the documentary film based nonprofit, Invisible Children.

Sam Mazzeo got his start in litigation, before joining forces with Emily at Invisible Children after the organization released the most viral video in history (CC: KONY 2012).

In 2014, we co-founded Wilkinson Mazzeo PC (wilkmazz if you’re cool) to provide affordable and quality legal care for causes and creative businesses. Meet the rest of the crew below.

Emily Wilkinson

Emily brings the magic to our practice. No, literally—there are gemstones everywhere.

But she also brings the magic with her progressive approach to lawyering, relentless ambition and big heart for our clients. Day to day, she leads the nonprofit, artist, labor and tarot areas of our practice.

Graduated in the top of her class from law school
Protected Invisible Children’s legal rights during a campaign that got a lot of buzz
Draws strength from Miranda Hobbes

Her bar number is 273497.
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Sam Mazzeo

Sam can help you legally protect your work, open or close your business, and find a dog gif for your cease-and-desist email. He got his start in litigation, and currently serves on some legit boards like TEDx and Think Dignity.

Sam has a lot of tattoos for being a lawyer. Just saying.

Served as in-house legal counsel at Invisible Children
Worked for Oceana, helping improve marine areas and improve salmon fisheries
Hates the part where Milo and Otis get separated at the river

His bar number is 279934.
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Stephanie Trejos

Steph supports Emily and Sam in the areas of labor and employment, business formation, and film clearance. Before joining wilkmazz, she worked at a nonprofit that provided legal help to creatives and small businesses. Which is similar to what we do, but with less pizza gifs.

She is from Miami. Just like The Rock.

Worked in the nonprofit and IP sectors before joining wilkmazz
Started her career as a legal assistant in Miami
Does not own a neon pantsuit

Her bar number is 317670.
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Olivia Phillips

Liv handles all things marketing-communications and supports us in whatever legal areas we need. She’s also an enthusiastic dog mom. A triple threat.

She heads up our social media and web content, makes kickass animations and infographics, researches legal questions and writes resource articles, fluffs and folds, all that jazz.

– Founded her law school’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter
Prepared visa applications for immigrant victims of domestic abuse before joining wilkmazz
Love language is carbs

She is currently studying for the July 2018 California Bar Exam
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Zachary Avina

Zach is a labor and employment law whiz. When he’s not crafting L&E resource articles, he’s supporting the nonprofit side of the business. He’s also involved with the San Diego Reentry Roundtable, because he’s a go-getter like that.

And he has an amazing fake French accent. You know, if you were wondering.

Made the Dean’s Honor List in law school
– Started a nonprofit to help the formerly incarcerated find stable employment
– Infatuated with bow-ties

He graduated from law school in April 2018
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John Rankin

JP is our newest intern, but he’s not new newthis guy’s been around the block. He worked in the hospitality & event production industry before heading to law school. He used to help nightclubs, but now he’s here to help you.

JP assists with researching securities law and USPTO refusals, to conducting trademark searches and drafting agreements, and everything in between. Told you he’s helpful.

President of his law school’s Entertainment and Sports Law Society
– Interned for the US Department of Justice (fancy) before joining the team
– Snowboarding speed demon

He is currently in his final year at California Western School of Law
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