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Cynthia Blake Sanders

Of Counsel

Cynthia Blake Sanders is of counsel in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office.

Professional Biography

Ms. Sanders is an experienced intellectual property and entertainment attorney.

Ms. Sanders focuses her practice on copyright, trademark, advertising, arts and media law matters, and technology transfer. She counsels a broad range of clients involved in creative endeavors — from designers to publishers, ad agencies to educational institutions, and interactive companies to film producers.

Ms. Sanders reviews and advises clients on the legal clearance, protection and exploitation of their creative works. Projects include identification and development of new works based on public domain materials, creation and interpretation of intellectual property policies, preparation of content license agreements, protection and licensing of characters, clearance, financing and distribution of motion pictures, development of interactive and online media, and compliance review of advertising materials and social media marketing practices.

Ms. Sanders teaches an annual course on entertainment and sports law at the University of Maryland School of Law and lectures frequently. She is an active board member of several arts-related nonprofits. Her ability to clearly articulate the issues relating to new media and intellectual property issues puts her in high demand as a speaker and author.

Professional Memberships

  • Member – Maryland State Bar Association
    • Section on Entertainment and Sports Law
    • Section on Intellectual Property

Community Service


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law and Trademark Law Categories (2013 – 2023); named Baltimore Copyright "Lawyer of the Year" (2016)
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson Baltimore Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2020)
  • Listed in The Daily Record's 2017 Top 100 Women
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property (2014, 2018)
  • Recipient – Crystal Prism Award, American Advertising Association (2012)
  • Selected by Smart CEO Magazine as one of the Legal Elites (2009)
  • Presenter – "Trouble with Trolls and Other Digital Image Nightmares," ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Roundtable Series (November 2018)
  • Presenter – "Sales Tax Liability," Webinar, American Advertising Federation of Baltimore (2015)
  • Panelist – "Nuts & Bolts of Film Production in Maryland," Innovation Studio Workshop, Creative Edge (2014)
  • Presenter – "Contracts for Writers," Feed Your Writing Habit, Maryland Writer's Association (2014)
  • Presenter – "Social Media Safety," Spring Crash Course on Social Media, Baltimore Business Journal (2014)
  • Panelist – "Update on 10 New Ways to Avoid Legal Headaches from Social Media," Baltimore Public Relations Council (2014)
  • Presenter – "Register your Copyright Online," Master Class Series and Art Law Clinic, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2013)
  • Presenter – "Legal and Regulatory Issues for Advertisers, Agencies and their Vendors," Baltimore Advertising Week, Baltimore Chapter, American Advertising Federation (2012)

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