The Legal 500 U.S. 2023 Guide Ranks Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman Among Top Law Firms in the U.S. in Copyright and Trademarks
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman has earned high rankings in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500 United States guide. Cowan Liebowitz was ranked in Tier 1 for Copyright and in Tier 2 for Trademarks: Litigation and Trademarks: Non-Contentious (including Prosecution, Portfolio Management and Licensing). Legal 500 highlighted Cowan Liebowitz’s “powerhouse” and “experienced” teams and cited the accomplished work of many of its attorneys. Fourteen Cowan Liebowitz partners and counsel are recognized in the guide, some in more than one category, including William Borchard, Jeffrey Chery, Richard Dannay, Kieran Doyle, Robert English, Mary Kevlin, Jonathan King, Thomas Kjellberg, Maryann Licciardi, Richard Mandel, Joelle Milov, Joel Karni Schmidt, Eric Shimanoff, and Deborah Squiers. Joel Karni Schmidt (Partner) is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” for Trademarks: Non-Contentious, and Dasha Chestukhin (Senior Associate) is recognized as a “Rising Star” for Trademarks: Litigation.
In specific remarks, Legal 500 commented as follows:
Copyright (Tier One)
The powerhouse boutique New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC remains a market leader, advising major multinational corporates involved in high-stakes copyright prosecution and litigation across a diverse spectrum of industries. Jonathan King heads the practice, representing music recording and publishing clients including Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and Atlantic Records, with Richard Mandel, who brings deep experience in the practice space, and counsel Thomas Kjellberg. Richard Dannay assists book publishers, such as Penguin Random House, on major infringement cases and issues of fair use. Eric Shimanoff, a veteran copyright lawyer with extensive experience in federal and state courts, arbitration and TTAB proceedings, handles matters concerning web sites, social media and NFTs. Joel Karni Schmidt provides key support on clearance, registration, enforcement to a client base which spans the video games, media and retail sectors. Joelle Milov was promoted to partner in January 2023.
Trademarks: Litigation (Tier Two)
The team at boutique New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC represents the likes of Major League Baseball, J. Crew, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, in addition to major players across sectors such as entertainment, music, food, apparel, sports, hospitality, consumer products, and financial services. Richard Mandel heads the team, representing film and television studios and key players in the food industry involved in proceedings in the federal courts and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Jonathan King brings over 30 years of experience in the practice area. Eric Shimanoff brings expertise to matters related to social media, NFTs, virtual internet trademark, domain names, and false identification issues. Veteran litigator Mary Kevlin specializes in the sports sector [and] handles disputes clients as Major League Baseball, along with Maryann Licciardi, who handles complex domain name issues. Other key figures include Kieran Doyle, who manages and protects QVC’s entire trademark portfolio, and Joelle A. Milov who was promoted to partner in January 2023. All the lawyers mentioned work in New York.
Trademarks: Non-Contentious (Including Prosecution, Portfolio Management and Licensing) (Tier Two)
The team at boutique New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC brings strength to the registration, management, and enforcement of the international portfolios of household names multinationals such as Major League Baseball, J. Crew, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, across sectors ranging from sports, education, and entertainment to publishing, automotive, and financial services. The team is headed by Deborah Squiers, who applies longstanding experience to advising portfolio maintenance and complex overseas oppositions and cancellation proceedings. The practice is supported by trademark authority William Borchard and Joel Karni Schmidt, who specializes in assisting hotels and restaurants, video game and gaming technology companies, and counseling clients on the NFT space. Other key figures include Robert English, who represents clients in intellectual property-related transactional matters, including licensing and joint development agreements; Kieran Doyle, who manages matters in the footwear, food and medical marijuana spaces; sports and entertainment filing strategist Jeffrey Chery; and Joelle A. Milov, a specialist in domain name disputes who was appointed to partner in January 2023.
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