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Law360 Recognizes CDAS LLP As Top Firm For Minority Equity Partners

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP has been named to Law360’s annual list of the “Best Law Firms for Minority Equity Partners” for 2019. 

CDAS placed ninth among similarly sized firms for having an above the average percentage of equity partners of color for their size.

For the rankings, Law360 grouped firms based on their US attorney headcount to evaluate their diversity as compared with similarly sized peer firms.  For the full article, click here.

Simon N. Pulman and Scott J. Sholder Shortlisted for Euromoney LMG’s Americas Rising Stars Awards

CDAS partners Simon N. Pulman and Scott J. Sholder both earned nominations in the category of “best in media and entertainment” for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Americas Rising Stars Awards.

For the purpose of these awards, “rising  stars” are defined as lawyers under the age of 40 on October 1, 2018. To review the full shortlist, click here.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on September 27th at The Pierre in New York City.

Scott J. Sholder Named a 2018 Law360 Rising Star for Media and Entertainment

Cowan DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP attorney Scott J. Sholder has been named a Law360 Rising Star. A Partner at the firm, Mr. Sholder is among one of 168 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.

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 80 law firms and spanning 36 practice areas.

To review the complete list, click here.  Profiles of the winners will begin running this week on Law360.



Benjamin Jaffe named an “Up Next” Honoree in Variety’s 2017 Dealmakers Report

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) associate Benjamin Jaffe was named an “Up Next” honoree in Variety’s “2017 Dealmakers Report.” The highly anticipated feature, published on December 5th, profiled the people behind the most important entertainment industry deals of the past 12 months – executives, lawyers, financiers, entrepreneurs and others from all sectors of the business, including film, TV, games, music and digital media. The “Up Next” list profiled up-and-coming younger dealmakers on the verge of a career breakthrough who are 35 or younger. To read more and review the  complete list, click here.


Eleanor M. Lackman Named to Variety’s 2016 “Hollywood’s New Leaders” List

Eleanor M. Lackman, partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard’s Litigation Practice has been named one of “Hollywood‘s New Leaders” in Law and Finance by Variety.

Eleanor’s profile highlights her work as go-to outside IP counsel for digital media clients on copyright, trademark, endorsement, and other related issues in addition to defending high-profile clients in entertainment and sports in IP lawsuits.

Quoted in Variety’s October 18th issue, Eleanor says:  “One of the newer and more fun challenges is the need to be able to pivot constantly. On a given day, I may shift from being a fierce advocate to negotiating a business solution to building consensus among my team.”

“Hollywood’s New Leaders” profiles individuals 40 and under who will be steering the industry in the years to come. The list includes creative talent, entrepreneurs, agents, lawyers, producers, publicists, and executives working at studios, networks, and digital media. To read more and view the complete list, click here.


Partner Susan H. Bodine Named to Variety’s “2016 Power of Women L.A. Impact Report”

Susan H. Bodine, partner and co-head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard’s Entertainment Practice is featured in Variety’s2016 Power of Women L.A. Impact Report.”

Susan is recognized for her work representing both individuals — with clients including James Schamus and Jose Padilha — and companies — such as Amazon Studios and A&E Television Networks.

The “Power of Women L.A. 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.

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

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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