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CDAS Partners Briana C. Hill and Benjamin Jaffe Named Co-Chairs of the Entertainment and the Digital Media & Technology groups, respectively.

Briana Hill, Co-Head of the Beverly Hills office of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, joins Fred Bimbler and Simon Pulman in leading the firm’s Entertainment group, which includes televison (traditional to broadband), streaming, film, new media, talent, theatre and podcasting. The group assists clients with their entertainment projects through early development, the solicitation of investment, production and ultimate distribution, securing all necessary rights and negotiating agreements with top-tier talent.

Ben Jaffe joins Joshua Sessler in leading the Digital Media & Technology group that represents top digital talent, including game developers and distributors, digital agencies, production houses, broadband video networks, mobile app developers, podcasters and social media ventures. The group provides counsel to a wide range of social media, transmedia and mobile plays that are using emerging software and hardware technologies to create, develop and distribute content in new ways.

CDAS Named a Top Tier Firm, Nationally, for Entertainment Law and Trademark Law in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms in America 2020,” and achieved High Rankings in Copyright and Media Law

CDAS achieved a Tier 1 ranking nationally for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television as well as Trademark Law. The firm was also ranked nationally in Tier 2 for Copyright Law. Within New York City, CDAS was ranked in Tier 1 for Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures & Television, Copyright Law and Trademark Law, and in Tier 3 for Media Law.

These competitive rankings are based on extensive client and peer review, focused on practice group expertise, responsiveness, understanding of business needs, cost-effectiveness, and other important parameters. Inclusion in “Best Law Firms” is considered a significant achievement.

Nancy E. Wolff Named Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer Of The Year” in Trademark Law, Five CDAS Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2020

Five CDAS attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Nancy E. Wolff was also named a Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” in Trademark Law.

Published since 1983, Best Lawyers is highly regarded because lawyers are included on the “Best Lawyers” list based entirely on peer-review. The “Lawyer of the Year” awards launched in 2009 and are given to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one lawyer is recognized for each specialty and location.

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 2020 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

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 2019 “Americas Rising Stars” Awards

CDAS partners Simon N. Pulman and Scott J. Sholder both earned Euromoney Legal Media Group “2019 Americas Rising Stars Awards” nominations in the categories of “best in media and entertainment” and “best in copyright and trademark,” respectively.

For the purpose of these awards, “rising stars” are defined as lawyers under the age of 40 on October 1, 2019. To review the full shortlist, click here. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on September 12th at The Pierre in New York City.

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.

CDAS LLP Partner Scott J. Sholder Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List”

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is pleased to announce that Scott J. Sholder has been recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List.”

Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 “40 and Under Hot List” includes practitioners, all aged 40 or younger, that have been deemed the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities in the U.S. by peers and clients. To view the complete esteemed list of litigation attorneys, visit Benchmark Litigation.