Jasmine Abou-Kassem

Business & Corporate Law | Commercial Litigation | Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Privacy | Medical Cannabis Law
Jasmine J. Abou-Kassem, Es

Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music in 2006, where she was a four-year recipient of a scholarship funded by the Kansas City Ballet in honor of its founder, Tatiana Dokudovska. During this time, Jasmine danced semi-professionally in New York City, as a fellowship scholarship recipient at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in 2001 and 2002, and in Chicago, as a scholarship recipient at Ballet Chicago and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in 2003.

Jasmine attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Law in 2006, where she focused her coursework on civil procedure, business law, intellectual property law, and international law. During this time, she was as a Teaching Assistant for the UMKC Law Academic Support Program, and a research assistant to Professor Colin Picker, former director of the UMKC International Law Program. In 2009, Jasmine represented UMKC Law in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition as part of a four-member team which won 6th place for best brief and overall performance in the competition’s Midwest Regional.

Jasmine gained practical experience early in her legal training by working as a corporate summer associate at Seigfreid Bingham, P.C. in 2007 and as commercial litigation summer associate at Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in 2008. After graduating from law school in 2009, she worked as a commercial litigation associate at Polsinelli, P.C, where she litigated civil and commercial matters in federal and state courts nationwide, significantly assisting in securing an $87,000,000 settlement in favor of an antitrust plaintiff class of LCD screen purchasers by managing other associates in firm-wide discovery and trial preparation projects.

In 2014, Jasmine left Polsinelli to work as in-house counsel for Hallmark Cards, Inc., and its subsidiaries, Crayola, LLC and Dayspring Cards, Inc. During this time, she managed outside counsel in personal injury, commercial, and intellectual property litigation matters and was primary licensing counsel in the drafting and negotiation of in-bound copyright, trademark, patent, and technology license agreements with industry-leading companies such as Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros, and SalesForce. She also provided legal support to the companies’ finance departments by leading negotiations to favorably resolve disputes arising out of licensing agreement related audits. During this time, Jasmine also participated in the education and training of the companies’ personnel on intellectual property rights and best practices for conducting related business transactions and worked with the Hallmark patent committee to assist with evaluation and recommendation of company inventions for patent prosecution.

Jasmine rejoined Polsinelli PC from 2017-2018 as of counsel to the firm’s Technology Transactions & Data Privacy, and Trademark & Copyright practice groups. During this time, she drafted and negotiated various technology and commercial transactions, including licensing, vendor, consulting, and development agreements involving custom software, mobile and web applications, software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) cloud computing models, information security and data outsourcing agreements, and digital asset terms of use and data privacy policies on behalf of national, heavily-regulated technology and healthcare clients such as Health Care Associations, Catholic Health Initiatives, Google, Amazon Web Services, Olin Corporation, and Abbott Medical. She also assisted the firm’s clients with compliance matters involving HIPAA, GLBA, FCRA, TCPA, CAN-SPAM, ADA Website Accessibility, and The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)), cyber security and information security incident response and risk management, and development of policies related to business continuity, corporate communications, and social media. She further provided business startup legal services to technology and craft brewery entrepreneurs and counseled firm clients on copyright and trademark law, drafted and negotiated related license agreements, filed applications for state and federal trademark registrations, and assisted with management of clients’ intellectual property, technology, and digital asset portfolios.

Desiring to practice law in a setting not limited by the types of clients she could serve, and one in which she could use both her litigation and transactional skills, Jasmine left Polsinelli in late 2018 to open her own practice, The Law Office of JAK, LLC. As a solo practitioner, she assisted small and medium-sized companies with matters involving commercial litigation, business startup and planning services, licensing, trademark and copyright law, vendor contracts, mobile and web application terms of use, and data privacy. She also represented individuals in a variety of civil litigation and municipal court matters. During this time, Jasmine additionally worked as an Axiom Law attorney, providing legal services in the areas of antitrust law, intellectual property and technology law, and data privacy to Axiom’s national corporate clients. 

At Spark, Jasmine provides legal services to clients within and beyond the cannabis industry in business startup and planning, contracts, licensing, and compliance with state and federal laws. She regularly drafts, negotiates, and advises on contracts and transactions involving a variety of subject matter including asset sale and acquisitions, procurement and provision of goods and services, commercial real estate leases and transactions, vendor agreements, intellectual property and technology license agreements, mobile and web application and website development and marketing agreements, terms of use, and data privacy policies, End User License Agreements (EULAs) for cloud-computing services; and data privacy policies. She further assists with development of company policies involving industry-specific best practices, and intellectual property ownership, rights, use, and enforcement. Jasmine’s versatile corporate and commercial experience allows her to understand the risks businesses face in their day-to-day operations, helping her to work closely with clients to optimize profitability, while mitigating their exposure to liability. Jasmine relies on her litigation experience to negotiate and obtain favorable outcomes in business contracts and transactions by identifying and avoiding liability pitfalls in contracts and transactions early in the process. Jasmine further represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation and administrative law matters, and has favorably resolved a number of administrative proceedings within school districts and educational institutions on behalf of students, educators, and administrators. Jasmine joins her partners in advocating on behalf of medical cannabis business clients and patients in facility licensing and patient registration matters before city government bodies. She also regularly educates on the applicability of medical marijuana laws and procedures to protection of registered patients’ health information (PHI) and data privacy rights, corporate compliance with state and federal data privacy laws, medical marijuana facility dispensary compliance, and protection and enforcement of the intellectual property rights and branding of cannabis businesses.

Jasmine believes in giving back to the community and finds immense reward in working with local not-for-profit organizations furthering causes she closely identifies with. She proudly represents The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City in the protection, enforcement, and licensing of their Appointments Project®, a civic program working to empower women and strengthen communities by increasing the gender diversity of public boards and commissions. She also sits on the Operation Breakthrough Advisory Board and assists with fund raising as well as regularly volunteers on behalf of the organization. Jasmine stays in touch with her artistic roots by participating in The Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, to provide legal services to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines.

State and Federal Bar Admissions

  • Missouri Bar, 2009, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2009
  • Kansas Bar, 2010, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, 2010

Bar Association Memberships

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association member (2009-present)
  • Kansas Bar Association member (2010-present)
  • Association of Women Lawyers member (2017-present).

Community & Leadership

  • Operation Breakthrough Advisory Board member and volunteer (2012-present)
  • Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts Attorney Volunteer (2014-present)
  • KCMBA Leadership Academy (2014)
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Missouri, Young Lawyers Section, Board of Directors member (2010-2012)

Publications & Presentations

  • Authored How Final Do You Want it to Be? Recent Change to American Arbitration Association Rules Allows for Appeals in Certain Cases, published online by Polsinelli, P.C. and JD Supra, February 4, 2014.
  • Authored Enforcing Your Arbitration Agreement: Why, How, and Whether, published online by Polsinelli, P.C. and JD Supra, October 2013.
  • Co-presented session on Best Practices for Email, at Inergy, L.P., Kansas City, MO on 2/21/2012.
  • Co-presented session on Best Practices for Email at Burns & McDonell, Kansas City, MO on 4/13/2010.
  • Guest speaker at Kansas University School of Law Human Rights Symposium, 2/10/2011.
  • Served as a panel member for session on the topic of “Islam in America” presented at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., Kansas City, MO, on 1/10/2011. 
  • Co-authored article on Why the Oklahoma Ban on Shariah Law is Unconstitutional, published online with the MWC NewsCounterpunch, and in the Arab News on 11/10/2010.
  • Authored Timing is Everything: Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, published in the Kansas Defense Journal, Winter 2010.

Languages

  • Arabic (reading, writing, and conversational)