Sylvia Mulholland was born and raised in Canada. After high school, she attended Ontario College of Art & Design, then the University of Toronto and finally, the University of Ottawa, where she obtained her law degree.
For many years she practiced law as a trademark partner in a multi-national Toronto-based firm, Gowling WLG, then moved to Los Angeles where she obtained her MFA from American Film Institute and was awarded the prestigious Sloan Foundation Fellowship for her screenplay about the physicist, Mileva Maric, Einstein’s first wife. She then worked in Los Angeles for E! Entertainment and later for Fox Filmed Entertainment (21st Century Fox) in the international trademark department.
In 2006, Sylvia passed the California Bar exam in 2006, and since then has practiced intellectual property law (specializing in trademarks and to a lesser extent, copyright law) with her own offices in both Los Angeles and Toronto and continues to write. She is dedicated to assisting clients, large and small with searching, securing and enforcing their intellectual property rights. Given her vast experience, and the flexibility of a solo practice, she offers big firm results, at small firm rates. Lawyers in large firms, with Sylvia’s depth and breadth of experience, in general, have hourly rates two or even three times what Sylvia charges. Much of the work she does is on a flat fee basis and her clients do not fear ‘sticker shock.
Sylvia was published extensively in Canada’s national Globe & Mail newspaper: a popular series called The Working Woman, about women who juggle career and family. Her debut novel, Woman’s Work was published in the UK (Hodder & Stoughton), Canada (General) and Germany (Goldmann) followed by her second novel, Lingerie Tea. Her latest novel, A Nanny for Harry is now available on Amazon as a Kindle book and in paperback, and her novel Sisters in Law will be available in October of 2018. She is currently working on a legal thriller, entitled Six Blade Knife.