14 CDAS Attorneys Make Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top 50 Women and Top 100 Lists

Fourteen Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2016 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.

Each year, less than 5% of New York City attorneys receive the honor of being named a Super Lawyer and fewer than 2.5% are awarded the Rising Stars distinction. Rising Stars are lawyers who are under 40, or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

In addition to being designated a Super Lawyer again this year, partner Nancy E. Wolff also appears on the Top 50: 2016 Women New York — Metro Super Lawyers and the Top 100: 2016 New York — Metro Super Lawyers lists. 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.” Continue reading

CDAS Brings in Lindsay W. Bowen to Expand its Copyright, Entertainment and Litigation Practice

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) is expanding its litigation, entertainment, and intellectual property practice with the strategic hire of litigator and entertainment attorney Lindsay W. Bowen, who has joined the firm as a partner.

Lindsay’s practice focuses on the interplay between creativity and technology.  He represents individuals and companies, from household names to the up-and-coming, across a wide range of creative industries, including advertising, app development, fashion, film, hospitality, music, podcasting, television, and theatre. Prior to joining Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Lindsay was an attorney in the Content, Media & Entertainment practice of Jenner & Block.  There, he represented music, film, television, and theatre clients in copyright ownership and enforcement litigation, royalty disputes, and in the negotiation of a variety of traditional and digital media transactions. Continue reading

Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP Practice Group and Partner

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Eleanor M. Lackman is ranked and for the first time, the Entertainment Practice is recognized by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

In her third consecutive year being included in the Chambers USA guide, Ms. Lackman is among just 43 New York lawyers ranked in the field of “Intellectual Property: Trade Mark and Copyright.”

For the first time, CDAS’s Entertainment Practice was awarded a regional designation of “Noted Firm” in Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater – 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.

Give Me A ‘C’ (In A Circle): Cheerleader Uniforms At High Court

Law360, New York (May 9, 2016, 11:07 AM ET) —

In August of last year, a Sixth Circuit judge wrote in a dissenting opinion: “It is apparent that either Congress or the Supreme Court (or both) must clarify copyright law with respect to garment design. The law in this area is a mess — and it has been for a long time.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the invitation to clarify the law, by granting certiorari in Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands Inc. Star Athletica concerns whether the designs on cheerleading uniforms can be subject to copyright protection, but the impact of the ruling is likely to spread well beyond uniforms — perhaps beyond garment design to other everyday useful articles.

Read in full here: Give Me a ‘C’ (In A Circle): Cheerleader Uniforms At High Court

Partner Susan H. Bodine Named 2016 Hollywood Reporter “Power Lawyer”

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has recognized Susan H. Bodine, partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard’s Entertainment Practice as a “Power Lawyer” in its 10th annual issue revealing the most influential entertainment attorneys in America.

Sue is noted for her work this year on the Roots reboot for A+E Networks, helping structure the miniseries’ financing and inking talent pacts, her representation of Netflix’s Narcos creator and director, Jose Pahdila, as well as her representation of Amazon Studios, locking agreements to begin photography on Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck in May.

The Power Lawyers issue spotlights the Top 100 attorneys behind the year’s biggest deals, major litigation and other areas of entertainment, as determined by THR editors.  To read more and view the complete list, click here.

CDAS Partner Susan H. Bodine Featured in Variety’s 2016 Legal Impact Report

Partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard’s Entertainment Practice Group, Susan H. Bodine was recognized in Variety magazine’s “2016 Legal Impact Report.” The annual list includes the top entertainment attorneys that have made a significant impact on the industry over the past twelve months.

Sue’s work with “Narcos’” Jose Padilha, including on-going negotiations of a deal with Netflix’s Local Originals Group for him to write, executive-produce and direct a six-part Brazilian series was highlighted in her profile. To read more and view the complete list, click here.

Eleanor M. Lackman Named a 2016 Law360 Rising Star for Media and Entertainment

Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP attorney Eleanor M. Lackman has been named a Law360 Rising Star. A Partner at the firm, Ms. Lackman is among one of 179 attorneys included in the full list and one of only 5 attorneys recognized for their dedicated work in the practice area of Media and Entertainment.

Law360’s “Rising Stars” recognition is reserved for top legal talent under 40 years of age and “whose legal accomplishments belie their age.”  After carefully reviewing more than 1,100 submissions for the Rising Star distinction, Law360’s team of editors arrived at the list of attorneys under 40 hailing from 87 law firms and spanning 32 practice areas.

Ms. Lackman’s full Law360 Rising Stars profile will be published in the coming weeks.

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is Pleased to Announce that Scott J. Sholder has Become a Partner of the Firm

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is pleased to announce that Scott J. Sholder has become a Partner of the Firm

Scott J. Sholder is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. Scott represents individuals and companies in the entertainment, traditional and digital media, sports, and consumer products industries. His practice focuses on matters involving copyrights, trademarks, the right of publicity, and contractual and business disputes.

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CDAS Attorneys Appointed to 2016-2017 INTA Committees

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP Partner, Eleanor M. Lackman, and Associate, Joshua Wolkoff, have been appointed to International Trademark Association (INTA) committees for the 2016-17 term.

Ms. Lackman will serve on the International Amicus Committee. The committee provides expertise concerning trademark and other IP-related laws to courts and trademark offices around the world through the submission of amicus curiae  briefs or similar filings.

Mr. Wolkoff will serve on the Young Practitioners Committee. The committee develops services and programs specifically designed for young practitioners who wish to advance their careers in the trademark field.

Inside Counsel’s Five-Part Series, “Where Former Entertainment GCs Go Next”, Provides Firm Profile of CDAS

Inside Counsel’s Senior Editor & Community Manager, Rich Steeves, published a five-part series titled “Where Former Entertainment GCs Go Next” last week, which was prominently featured on the Inside Counsel website.

The series, which discussed the so called “third act” for successful general counsel, provided a comprehensive profile of CDAS and the services the firm provides to clients, while also discussing the appeal the firm has had for former GCs in their transition to a new environment.

CDAS Partners Aileen Atkins, Frederick Bimbler, Douglas Jacobs, Eleanor Lackman, Marc Simon and Stephen Sheppard were interviewed for the series. You can find a link to each part of the series below.