Tyra Hughley Smith is a licensed attorney who has been practicing for eight years. Her main areas of practice include intellectual property (both copyright and trademarks), along with entertainment, and business law and contracts. Tyra represents various types of content creators, including photographers and photo agencies, writers, bloggers, songwriters, producers, record labels, and more, in protecting their intellectual rights and small businesses. She has written a legal guide entitled Insights from the Inside: A Legal Guide for Small Businesses and Content Creators, which is a book focusing on business formations, copyright, and trademark law for all small businesses. She was previously a partner at the Law Office of Carolyn E. Wright, LLC, colloquially known as the “Photo Attorney” law firm, which built a reputation for serving photographers and protecting their intellectual property rights.
Tyra attended the University of Southern California, where she received a dual degree in Law (Juris Doctor) and a Master’s in Communication Management (M.C.M) from USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. Tyra was a member of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal while at USC. She is also a public speaker on legal subjects, and in fact was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California, where she taught First Amendment and communications law to undergrads interested in the law at Annenberg. Prior to her time at USC, Tyra matriculated at the University of Missouri- Columbia, and was a part of the Missouri School of Journalism, which is consistently ranked as the nation’s top journalism program, where she double majored in Magazine Journalism and Black Studies, graduating with honors. She also graduated from the Honor’s College, obtaining an Honor’s Certificate, along with a minor in business during her four years at Mizzou. As a journalist, Tyra has worked for numerous newspapers and magazine nationwide, and she served as the President of Mizzou’s student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as well.
In addition to her legal practice, Tyra is the creator of BarrisTourista.com, a premier travel and foodie blog that offers travel insights, foodie recommendations, and insights on how professionals can balance the rigors of their careers and see the world. She has also created a line of travel accessories (passport holders, luggage tags, and tote bags), along with digital resources for trip planning and budgeting.
Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Southern California Gould School of Law (member of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal)
Masters in Communications Management (M.C.M.), University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism (and subsequently taught as an Adjunct Professor in Annenberg)
Bachelor of Journalism (B.J.), University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri School of Journalism
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of Missouri-Columbia (with a Minor in Business)
Honors Certificate, University of Missouri-Columbia Honors College
United States District Court for the Central District of California
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