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CDAS LLP Announces Two New Partners

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is pleased to announce Briana C. Hill and Benjamin Jaffe as new partners. Briana works in the firm’s Beverly Hills office; Ben is based in its New York office.

Briana C. Hill is a transactional attorney in the firm’s entertainment group and primarily counsels clients in general entertainment and intellectual property law matters, focusing on television, film and digital media. She represents production companies, studios, distributors, content creators, and rights holders in all aspects of development, production, and distribution.

Briana has worked on a variety of scripted and unscripted television projects for network, cable television, and SVOD/AVOD platforms, both independent and studio-based motion picture projects, as well as digital and podcast productions. She also has experience counseling clients regarding copyright, trademark, and branding issues.

Benjamin Jaffe is a transactional attorney in the firm’s corporate and entertainment practice groups.  Ben handles cutting-edge transactions across a broad range of digital media and entertainment projects.

Ben represents clients primarily in the digital media and emerging content/technology industries, with a particular focus in music tech, podcasting, advertising/strategic brand partnerships, and digital video content.  In his corporate practice, his clients frequently engage him as outside general counsel where he handles a wide range of legal and business affairs matters.

In digital media/entertainment, Ben represents established and emerging digital content and technology platforms seeking to license, acquire, develop, and distribute music, audio content, and video content on or through their service.  He also represents prominent podcast networks where he regularly prepares and negotiates content acquisitions and development deals, as well as high level celebrity talent and influencers looking to extend their brands into podcasting and digital video platforms to build innovative and rapid growth businesses in the audio and digital media space.

CDAS Partners Bodine, Lackman and Wolff Named 2019 Notable Women in Law by Crain’s New York

CDAS Partners and Equity Commitee members Susan H. Bodine, Eleanor M. Lackman and Nancy E. Wolff were named 2019 Notable Women in Law by Crain’s New York.

The profiles in the report are drawn from submitted nomination materials as well as from Crain’s New York Business editorial. No lawyer paid to be featured. The 2019 list of Notable Women in Law celebrates an exceptional pool of talented female attorneys in the New York City metropolitan area.

To review the full report, click here.

Adam Beasley Named an “Up Next” Honoree In Variety’s 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) associate Adam Beasley was named an “Up Next” honoree in Variety’s 2018 Dealmakers Impact Report.” The highly anticipated feature, published on December 4th, 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.

 

 

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP Recognized as a 2019 Tier 1 National Firm for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television by U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is pleased to announce it has been named a Tier 1 national firm for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television for the second consecutive year by the 9th Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” CDAS is one of only 24 firms to receive this honor. Review the full list here.

CDAS was also recognized as a Tier 1 New York City Regional Firm in the areas of Copyright Law, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television and Trademark Law.

Law firms ranked in the top-tier of the “Best Law Firms” guide are recognized for professional excellence and consistently receiving high ratings from clients and peers. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are determined by a rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 7.3 million evaluations from leading lawyers, as well as client evaluations, peer reviews from top attorneys and more.

Earlier this year, six CDAS attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 25th Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America:”

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; Trademark Law

Stephen Sheppard             Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Nancy E. Wolff                   Copyright Law; Trademark Law

 

 

CDAS Partner Eleanor M. Lackman Selected to The National Law Journal’s Elite Boutique Trailblazers 2018 List

Eleanor M. Lackman

 

CDAS LLP is pleased to announce that partner Eleanor M. Lackman has been selected to The National Law Journal’s “2018 Elite Boutique Trailblazers” list. The list recognizes outstanding attorneys and firms nationwide who have made a remarkable difference in their area of specialized law. Only 29 attorneys from 25 firms were selected for inclusion in 2018 list.

Click here to review the complete list.

 

 

The Good, the Bad, and the JPEG Staying Safe in the Constant Showdown over Digital Content Use Online

The ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s magazine Landslide published Scott J. Sholder and Lindsay R. Edelstein’s article “The Good, the Bad, and the JPEG Staying Safe in the Constant Showdown over Digital Content Use Online.”

The article is a how-to guide to prevent and defend against copyright troll claims. View Article

 

 

PARTNER SIMON N. PULMAN FEATURED IN VARIETY’S “2018 DEALMAKERS ELITE NEW YORK”

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP (CDAS) partner Simon N. Pulman is included in Variety’s “2018 Dealmakers Elite New York” feature.

“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.

Simon is recognized for his work representing TV/film companies and TV channels on content, including working outside business/legal affairs for Epix. Also noted was his work with Blumhouse for TV productions of the Roger Ailes biopic and adaptation of movie series “The Purge.”

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

19 CDAS Attorneys Selected to 2018 Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Top 50 Women and Top 100 Lists

Nineteen Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers®.

Spanning various practice areas, Super Lawyers® recognizes the top lawyers in the New York Metro area using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

In addition to being designated Super Lawyers®, partners Nancy E. Wolff and Eleanor M. Lackman are featured in the Top 50: 2018 Women New York — Metro Super Lawyers® list for the third consecutive year. Wolff and Lackman are also included in the Top 100: 2018 New York — Metro Super Lawyers® list. Lackman was featured for the first time in 2017, while this is the third consecutive year Wolff has received the distinction.

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

2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers

Fred P. Bimbler                                 Entertainment & Sports

Susan H. Bodine                                Entertainment & Sports

Andrea F. Cannistraci                      Entertainment & Sports

Timothy J. DeBaets                          Entertainment & Sports

Robert J. Epstein                              Entertainment & Sports

Robert I. Freedman                          Entertainment & Sports

Eleanor M. Lackman                        Intellectual Property Litigation

Nancy E. Wolff                                   Intellectual Property

2018 New York Metro Rising Stars

Adam Beasley                                  Entertainment & Sports

Alison Bensimon                              Entertainment & Sports

Lindsay W. Bowen                           Intellectual Property Litigation

Lindsay R. Edelstein                        General Litigation

Daniel J. Haley                                  Entertainment & Sports

Benjamin Jaffe                                  Business/Corporate

Brittany L. Kaplan-Peterson          Intellectual Property Litigation

Jonathan H. Peritz                           Intellectual Property

Simon N. Pulman                             Entertainment & Sports

Scott J. Sholder                                 Intellectual Property Litigation

 

 

Seven CDAS Attorneys Named to the 25th Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”

Seven CDAS attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

According to the Best Lawyers® website, attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 145 practice areas. For the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 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 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America are:

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, Trademark Law

Janis Nelson                        Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Stephen Sheppard             Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television

Nancy E. Wolff                   Copyright Law, Trademark Law

 

 

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.

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