Partners Aileen Atkins, Frederick P. Bimbler, Susan H. Bodine and Laura Sher Recognized in Variety’s “2017 Dealmakers Elite New York”

Four Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP (CDAS) partners have been recognized in Variety’s “2017 Dealmakers Elite New York:” Aileen Atkins, Frederick P. Bimbler, Susan H. Bodine and Laura Sher.

“Dealmakers Elite New York” profiles the people behind the major entertainment industry deals of the past 12 months – executives, lawyers, financiers, entrepreneurs and others from all sectors of the business, including film, TV, games, live theater, music and digital media.

Aileen is co-head of CDAS’s Corporate Entertainment Group, Fred and Sue are co-heads of the Firm’s Entertainment Group, of which Laura is also a partner.

Aileen was recognized for her work in entertainment, music, digital media, startups and employment involving entertainment.

Fred’s work on Chazz Palminteri’s stage musical of “A Bronx Tale,” the Paddy Chayefsky estate for a stage version of “Network” and with the late Carrie Fisher was noted in the feature.

Sue’s representation of behind-the-camera talent, A&E Television Networks film projects and various TV/film slate financings was highlighted.

Laura, who joined from CAA this year, was recognized for her representations of Blumhouse TV for Syfy’s adaptation of “The Purge” and Showtime’s TV miniseries on newsman Roger Ailes.

To read more and view the complete list, click here.

14 CDAS Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Top 50 Women and Top 100 Lists

Fourteen Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers®. Spanning various practice areas, Super Lawyers® recognizes the top lawyers in the New York Metro area via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation.

Every year, Super Lawyers® evaluates lawyers across the country for its annual list of top attorneys. Each candidate is measured against 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Nominees from more than 70 practice areas are considered. The patented multi-phase selection process is rigorous and methodical.

In addition to being designated Super Lawyers® again this year, partners Nancy E. Wolff and Eleanor M. Lackman both appear on the Top 50: 2017 Women New York — Metro Super Lawyers® list.  Nancy also appears on the Top 100: 2017 New York — Metro Super Lawyers® list for the second consecutive year.

Only the New York Metro lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the selection process are further recognized in New York Metro Super Lawyers® “Top Lists.” Our attorneys were also recognized in the following categories:

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Six CDAS Attorneys Named to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America List

CDAS had six attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America list.

According to its website, Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and the organization received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

The CDAS attorneys listed in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America include:

Frederick P. Bimbler         Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Susan H. Bodine                Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television, Media Law

Andrea F. Cannistraci       Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Eleanor M. Lackman         Copyright Law

J. Stephen Sheppard         Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Nancy E. Wolff                   Copyright Law, Trademark Law


CDAS Brings in Partner Laura Sher to Expand its Entertainment and Television Practice

Laura Sher

Laura Sher joined CDAS from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on June 15 and brings 17 years of industry experience on all sides of the business to the representation of her clients in private practice.

In TV Business Affairs in New York at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), she worked across scripted, alternative, digital and international client groups to provide strategic business affairs advice and support, including advising agency clients on industry trends and market standards with respect to deal parameters and structures.

Blumhouse Television Co-Presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold comment, “Laura Sher has been instrumental in helping Blumhouse TV relaunch as a studio. She has a wide view of our strategic objectives and is a great strategic dealmaker and counselor.”

 IDW Entertainment President David Ozer comments, “I have known Laura for many years, and am thrilled to be working together in her new role. She is truly a gifted attorney with incredible industry knowledge and an eye towards deal making.”

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Eleanor M. Lackman Named a Law360 “Rising Star” for second consecutive year for Media and Entertainment

Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP attorney Eleanor M. Lackman has been named a Law360 Rising Star for the second consecutive year. A Partner at the firm, Eleanor is among one of 156 attorneys included in the full list and one of only 4 attorneys recognized for their dedicated work in the practice area of Media and Entertainment.

2017 Law360 Rising Star

Eleanor M. Lackman

Law360’s “Rising Stars” recognition is reserved for top legal talent under 40 years of age and “whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.”  After carefully reviewing more than 1,200 submissions for the Rising Star distinction, Law360’s team of editors arrived at the list of attorneys under 40 hailing from 75 law firms and spanning 35 practice areas. Winners were selected based on their career accomplishments in their respective practice areas.

Eleanor’s full Law360 Rising Stars profile will be published in the coming weeks. Congratulations, Eleanor!

To review the list of 2017 winners, click here.


Partner Eleanor M. Lackman Wins “Best in Copyright” at 2017 Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards Dinner

Eleanor M. Lackman

The best female lawyers from across the Americas came together at Essex House on June 8th to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 6th Annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards. The audience of in-house and private practice attorneys gathered to celebrate the achievements of those firms setting the standard in terms of female friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector across the Americas.

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) partner Eleanor M. Lackman was presented with the “Best in Copyright” award. The individual practice awards recognize the best lawyer in a specific practice area and are judged on the basis of professional accomplishments as well as advocacy and influence in her field over the past year.

Eleanor was also nominated for “Best in Entertainment,” while CDAS was nominated for both “Best National Mentoring Program (North America)” and “Best National Firm for Talent Management (North America).”

For a complete list of winners, click here.

Chambers USA 2017 Ranks Partners Lackman and Wolff as Top IP Attorneys; Recognizes Two Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) Practice Groups

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is proud to announce that partners Eleanor M. Lackman and Nancy E. Wolff and both CDAS’s Entertainment and IP, Copyright and Litigation Practices have been recognized by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

Eleanor M. Lackman

This is the fourth consecutive year Ms. Lackman has been included in the Chambers USA guide and a first for Ms. Wolff. They are both among just 43 New York lawyers ranked in the field of “Intellectual Property: Trade Mark and Copyright.”

Clients told Chambers that Ms. Lackman is “very precise, very detailed” and is “really smart and knows a lot of different areas” including entertainment, technology and e-commerce. Clients also say “she’s very cost-effective without compromising on quality.”

Clients also told Chambers Ms. Wolff is an “expert in copyright law” and “zealously represents her clients” in the traditional and digital media sectors. She is regarded by clients as “the leading expert on the rights of visual artists.”

Nancy E. Wolff

For the second time, CDAS’s Entertainment Practice was awarded a regional designation of “Noted Firm” in “Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater – New York,” while CDAS’s IP, Copyright and Litigation Practice makes its debut as a  “Noted Firm” in “Intellectual Property: Trade Mark and Copyright – New York.”

The annual guide ranks law firms and lawyers based on in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers, technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

Law360 – DMCA 2.0: A Potential Shift In Safe Harbor Jurisprudence

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 is almost 20 years old, and while the statute hasn’t evolved, the internet has, and with it — albeit at a slower pace — the common law interpreting the DMCA. The scope and applicability of the “safe harbor” provision of the DMCA, 17 U.S.C. § 512(c), has been a hot topic in the federal courts for years, but litigants and courts may be shifting their attention toward less scrutinized areas of the safe harbor.

Read in full here: DMCA 2.0: A Potential Shift In Safe Harbor Jurisprudence

Partner Aileen Atkins Named to Variety’s “2017 Women’s Impact Report”


Aileen Atkins

Aileen Atkins, partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP’s (CDAS) Corporate Entertainment Practice is featured in Variety’s “2017 Women’s Impact Report.”

Aileen is recognized for her work handling a range of digital and tech clients at CDAS  – where four of seven equity partners are women — and for her in-house general counsel roles at Best Buy, Universal Music and Napster.

The “Women’s Impact Report” profiles women — creative talent, entrepreneurs, agents, lawyers, managers, producers, and executives working at studios, networks, in the music and theater industries, and digital media — who have created new initiatives, sealed game-changing deals, or reached an apex in their professional lives that have                 moved the needle in their business. To read more and view                                                                                        the complete list, click here.

CDAS Brings in Partner Carole E. Handler and Associate Brianna Dahlberg to expand its West Coast Litigation, Entertainment and IP practice

Carol Handler 1Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is expanding its West Coast litigation, entertainment, and intellectual property practice with the strategic hire of a two-person litigation team, led by Carole E. Handler, who joins the firm as a partner in CDAS’s Beverly Hills office as of April 1, 2017.

Ms. Handler is a nationally recognized litigator on copyright, trademark, entertainment, and antitrust cases.  She has handled numerous groundbreaking cases throughout her career, representing clients in the motion picture, telecom, fashion, sports, and other industries on matters involving entertainment, copyright, competition, and new media.

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