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Max is an entertainment, trademark, and business lawyer based in Lakewood and a founding partner of the cloud-based law firm Holon Law Partners LLP. In addition to Colorado, he is licensed in Louisiana and New York and works with creative individuals and small businesses nationwide.
Hometown: Poestenkill, New York (outside of Albany)
Law School: Tulane
Lives in: Lakewood
Works at: Holon Law Partners, LLP
Practice Area(s): Entertainment law, copyright/trademark, business, cannabis
CBA Member Since: 2019
Describe yourself in five words.
Energetic, creative, compassionate, enthusiastic, adventurous.
Why did you become a lawyer?
As a musician and someone who comes from a family of musicians and creative people, I chose to become a lawyer in order to advocate for artists. Too often we see artists exploited or given a bad deal because they had inadequate representation—or artists see their work infringed by others but feel powerless to do anything about it. My singular goal when deciding to apply to law school was to work with artists to cut down on the frequency and severity of these unfortunate situations.
What’s your favorite memory from law school?
I went to law school in New Orleans, so there were a lot of fun experiences. One of my favorites is from 1L: I would hustle to finish my reading by Friday afternoons so that I could spend Friday nights and most of the weekend going to see live music and meet musicians.
Outside of the law, what are your hobbies?
The biggest one is music—I’m an actively gigging musician (check out my band Half Maxx), and I write and produce music at home. I’ve also been playing in a wood-bat baseball league on Sundays, which I absolutely love. I also enjoy cooking, yoga, reading, going on bike rides, hiking in the woods, and spending time with family.
What’s your favorite thing to cook?
Breakfast—just about anything. Eggs, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast burritos—the list goes on. Some of my favorite restaurant jobs had me working brunch shifts, and I never got sick of it.
What’s your favorite place to escape to in Colorado?
I’ve been to Telluride now once in the summer and once in the winter, and it’s definitely one of my favorite places in the state. But when I can’t make the time for the long drive, I love finding a camping spot near Guanella Pass.
How has the CBA impacted your career?
It’s been a great benefit. I moved here in 2019, running my own practice and unsure of whether it was the right thing to do, or whether I really knew what I was doing. The Solo Small Firm Institute and some other CLE programs I attended, as well as volunteer work with MVL, were hugely helpful and enabled me to connect with people who guided me to the resources I needed to improve my practice and gain confidence in what I was doing. I had a great experience getting involved with the Sports and Entertainment Section in 2020, and I still attend numerous CBA events throughout the year. Being licensed in multiple states, I’ve come to recognize that I get different things from different bar associations, and the CBA undoubtedly provides the best community.