(September 12, 2011,Tampa Bay, FL)  Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, the largest law firm in Pinellas County, have announced their representation of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) with their involvement to the upcoming major motion picture, Dolphin Tale.  One of the law firm’s specialties is intellectual property law.

In an article by St. Petersburg Times’ Steve Persall for stl.com, Pinellas County film commissioner estimated that a midsized production like Dolphin Tale was expected to pump up to $125K into the local economy each day of production, for the 2010 three-month film shoot that occurred Clearwater and Pinellas County.  No reports verifying those figures have ensued post-production, but other predictions expect Dolphin Tale to double and potentially triple attendance to the aquarium in the first year.
Because of the economic impact of the filmmaking industry, in 2010, the Florida State government approved a $3.5 million tax incentive program to attract the film industry to the state of Florida.  Local film festivals including the Sunscreen Film Festival and the Gasparilla Film Festival support the artistic and economic aspects of filmmaking.

“We were honored to represent the CMA in the film production negotiations and the licensing of Winter,” said Frank R. Jakes, the attorney who ushered in the negotiations.  “Our firm is committed to our client’s success and the economic expansion of Tampa Bay…we hope the movie becomes the largest single tourist promotion in this area’s history.”

Dolphin Tale will be released September 23rd, and will premiere at Ruth Eckerd Hall September 21st.  Johnson Pope is one of the sponsors of the premier event.

About Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns:

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns is the largest law firm in Pinellas County. Founded over 30 years ago, Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns is a full service law firm committed to providing high-quality representation to businesses and individuals throughout Florida. Services include intellectual property, business law, copyright litigation, general civil litigation, labor and employment law, marital and family law, real estate litigation, and more.

The firm’s lawyers believe that service to their communities is a vital component of their profession. To that end, they have served on numerous non-profit boards and are active in local area Chambers of Commerce, educational institutions, the arts, cultural and community events.

The firm holds offices in Clearwater and Downtown Tampa. More information on Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns is available at http://www.jpfirm.com.