Law360 “2019 Glass Ceiling Report” Ranks CDAS LLP Among the Best Law Firms for Female Partners

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) has been ranked among the best firms in the nation for female partners by Law360’s “2019 Glass Ceiling Report.”

In the report, CDAS placed third among similarly sized firms for having the highest percentage of female equity partners across all firms surveyed.

Law360 collected attorney head count data from more than 300 U.S. firms, or vereins with a U.S. component or similar structure, about their demographic makeup as of Dec. 31, 2018. Only U.S.-based attorneys were included and firms must have at least 20 U.S.-based attorneys to participate. Firms are ranked based on their percentage of U.S. equity partners that identify as female. Firms that declined to disclose their equity partnership gender data were not eligible for the ranking.

Review  the list of “The Best Law Firms for Female Partners” here.

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) Partner Eleanor M. Lackman Named a “2019 Trailblazer” by the New York Law Journal

Eleanor M. Lackman, an equity partner of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS LLP) has been named a “2019 Trailblazer” by the New York Law Journal. Eleanor is one of only 51 attorneys selected for the prestigious recognition.

To review Eleanor’s profile and the full NYLJ “2019 Trailblazers” list, click here.

Chambers USA 2019 Ranks CDAS LLP Attorneys and Practices

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is delighted to announce that partners Eleanor M. Lackman, Nancy E. Wolff and Andrea F. Cannistraci and both CDAS’s Entertainment and IP, Copyright and Litigation Practices have been recognized by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Guide.

CDAS’s IP, Copyright and Litigation Practice is ranked in the category of “Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets – New York.” Chambers USA describes the firm as a “highly skilled boutique offering excellent capabilities handling trademark and copyright infringement cases, as well as substantial portfolio management matters” and exhibiting “expertise acting for market-leading entertainment, media and digital platform clients.”

This is the sixth consecutive year Ms. Lackman and the third consecutive year Ms. Wolff have been ranked in the Chambers USA guide. They are both among just 42 New York lawyers ranked in the field of “Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets – New York.”

“An impressed client” told Chambers that Ms. Lackman is “very knowledgeable, very thorough in the advice that she gives, and calibrates it to whatever our needs are.” She also has notable experience handling copyright matters, often advising clients across the media and entertainment industries.

“Market sources” describe Ms. Wolff as knowing “the industry inside out.” She receives plaudits for “her skill across a range of copyright and trademark portfolio management matters, notably for clients in the media sector.”

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Eleanor M. Lackman Shortlisted for a Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Award

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP partner Eleanor M. Lackman earned a nomination in the category of “best in media and entertainment” for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2019 Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

In 2017, Euromoney honored Ms. Lackman in the copyright category. The 2019 awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 6th at Essex House in New York City.

CDAS LLP Partners Briana C. Hill and Simon N. Pulman Named to Variety’s 2019 Legal Impact Report

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP (CDAS) partners Simon N. Pulman and Briana C. Hill have been named to Variety’s “2019 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. Simon, based in New York, is a partner and a co-head of CDAS’s Entertainment Group. Briana is a partner in the Entertainment Group and works from the Firm’s Beverly Hills office.

The team was recognized for their work representing Blumhouse Television on its eight-picture deal with Amazon. Other noted clients are Epix, First Look Media, IDW Publishing, Macmillan Entertainment, Stick Figure Studios and Wiip.

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

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.