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Making Space for the Arts: A Law Firm’s Story of 5,475 (Nonbillable) Hours

October 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Update 10/12/22: Unfortunately, we have had to reschedule this event! Click here for more Mentor Program events and stay tuned for a new date coming in 2023.


In 2011, a law firm converted a century-old warehouse in Oklahoma City into a community asset. The rest is history. (And a lot of fun.) Sign up to hear the full story!


The Society is proud to present Douglas Sorocco in connection with the Mentor Program.

“In 2011, my law firm converted a century-old warehouse in the Film Exchange District of Oklahoma City—an area previously known as “skid row”—into our offices. As part of the conversion, we decided to build an arts and community space open to everyone in the community. Of course, the tech and creative industries also embraced our space—we’ve hosted everything from pop-up ramen dinners to calligraphy classes. As we’ve become more and more popular among the creatives, we’ve also opened up our conference rooms—if the space isn’t reserved for a firm event or client meeting, it is available to the community. We recognized that in addition to DC on Film Row, we have other underutilized resources that can be shared and put to a greater use.

The common thread through all of these groups is, of course, the OKC community—the people who make up the organizations and create art and businesses. Mindful of everyone in our community, we serve meals to the homeless and support free pop-up food truck meals for them on an ongoing basis. We’ve also hosted weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, children’s activities, senior day activities, and memorial services. We’ve been there for the milestones in our community, and the artistic expression and soul put into each of these “mini-community” events inspires us each day.

I am happy to tell you more about this exciting project and what I learned in the process.”

JOIN this lively ZOOM conversation and get ready to ask your questions!

About our Mentor Presenter:

Douglas J. Sorocco, Esq. practices in all areas of intellectual property law including patent, trademark, copyright, technology, and e-commerce and assists clients with intellectual property matters requiring litigation, licensing, technology counseling and complex transactions.

Doug is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He particularly enjoys working with clients to complete the process of acquiring and/or commercializing intellectual property assets as well as portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. Doug is ranked in Band 1 (the top band) for intellectual property law by the highly regarded Chambers USA, and he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law and Technology Law. In 2021, Best Lawyers named him the Oklahoma Lawyer of the Year for Technology Law. In 2022, Managing Intellectual Property continues to rank Doug as an IP Star. Doug was selected for inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers again in 2022.

Doug’s scientific background has focused on all areas of biotechnology and life sciences (including molecular biology, cell biology, glycobiology, biochemistry, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, virology, and genetics; pharmaceutical compositions; molecular diagnostics and techniques; medical devices and equipment) as well as chemistry and chemical engineering. Doug has significant experience in providing strategic and tactical intellectual property counsel to individual clients, universities, large pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies, and start-up biotechnology companies.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Oklahoma City University School of Law and has served as an adjunct in the Physiology Department of the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center. Prior to joining Dunlap Codding in 1996, Doug was a creative thinker and strategic legal savant with Dick & Harris, a Chicago intellectual property boutique law firm.

Doug is incredibly honored to have been named one of 15 Minority Rainmakers of the Year in 2014 by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. In 2016, he received the George Lewis Advocacy Award from the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns.

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October 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Society of Arts + Crafts
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