Robert G. Pimm

Robert G. Pimm


B.A. Columbia University: Columbia College, New York, NY

M.Sc. London School of Economics & Political Science London, England

B.A. [Law]; M.A., [Law] Cambridge University: Magdalene College, Cambridge, England

J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA


Bob Pimm is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor at law to practice in all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted and qualified to practice in the federal courts of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and in the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Bob has extensive expertise in all aspects of the book industry with more than 35+ years experience. He has valuable first-hand knowledge in book industry retailing, distribution, small press publishing, and literary agency. He has worked with Barnes & Noble, Ingram Book Company, small press publishers and independent booksellers throughout the U.S.

California Lawyers for the Arts

Bob is Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services for California Lawyers for the Arts. Bob manages CLA’s State Bar Certified Lawyer Referral Service, CLA’s Modest Means Incubator Program, CLA’s Clinical Programs, and CLA’s Educational Programs, as well as other duties. CLA is a nonprofit tax-exempt service organization founded in 1974 that provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and a resource library to creative artists of all disciplines and arts organizations. CLA has members representing all arts disciplines, as well as attorneys, accountants, teachers and other friends of the organization. CLA represents the arts community when it speaks with legislators and other policy makers. CLA membership helps us to secure the grants that CLA obtains from public and private agencies to move their work forward. In addition, CLA members receive many benefits including affordable educational workshops and a free 1/2-hour consultation with Panel Attorneys. Bob teaches creative artists at many of the legal workshops in CLA’s educational programs and he joins with other CLA panel attorneys to provide creative artists throughout California and the Bay Area with affordable legal assistance.
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UC Davis School of Law

Bob was Visiting Lecturer in Art Law at UC Davis School of Law, Spring 2017.


Bob is the Book Publishing Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. From 2002 until 2007 he served as Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the Forum’s quarterly publication. Bob has co-authored books, chapters, and numerous articles on legal and business aspects of the book publishing industry including articles about new technologies and the emerging e-book industry. Some examples of his articles include Protection Racket: Are Copyright Lawyers and their Clients Shaking Down the Public?, a chapter in Thomson-West’s Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook; Riding the Bullet to the eBook Revolution, a chapter in Thomson-West’s Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook; co-author of the first and second editions of Opening a Bookstore: The Essential Planning Guide.

Association Memberships

Bob is a member of The State Bar of California, The American Bar Association, The Authors Guild, The Authors Alliance, The National Writers Union and California Lawyers for the Arts.

Selected Workshops and Presentations

Listed below are some of the many topics taught by Mr. Pimm in workshops and panel discussions for The State Bar of California and other organizations, such as The California Writers Club, Left Coast Writers, California Lawyers for the Arts, etc.:

  • Anatomy of a Book Contract
  • Art of Negotiation
  • Choosing and forming a Corporation
  • Commercializing and Protecting Your IP Assets
  • Copyright Basics
  • Film and Television Agreements
  • Freelance Contracts
  • Get Paid More: Negotiate Better Contracts
  • Getting Your Book Published
  • Licensing Basics
  • Self-Publishing for Authors
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark Basics
  • Understanding & Protecting Writer’s Legal Rights
  • Web Publishing
  • Work Made For Hire Agreements
  • And many more!