Law360 “2018 Glass Ceiling Report” Ranks CDAS Among the Best Law Firms in the Nation For Women at All Levels of Practice

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) has been ranked among the best firms in the nation for women at all levels of practice.

Law360’s “2018 Glass Ceiling Report” identifies 62 law firms that “are outpacing their peers – breaking down barriers and forging a path to a more diverse working environment.”

In the report CDAS is named a “Ceiling Smasher,” placing second among similarly sized firms for having the highest percentage of female equity partners across all firms surveyed.

CDAS was also recognized as a “best law firm for women” among similarly sized firms for having “above average representation of female attorneys and partners”.

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Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Partners Lackman and Wolff as Top IP Attorneys; Recognizes Two Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) Practice Groups

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is delighted to announce that partners Eleanor M. Lackman and Nancy E. Wolff and both CDAS’s Entertainment and IP, Copyright and Litigation Practices have been recognized by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

Eleanor M. Lackman

Nancy E. Wolff

This is the fifth consecutive year Ms. Lackman and the second consecutive year Ms. Wolff have been ranked in the Chambers USA guide. They are both among just 41 New York lawyers ranked in the field of “Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets – New York.”

“Impressed sources” told Chambers that Ms. Lackman is “an absolutely incredible trademark litigator” and added: “She is very practical and always seems to make the right call.” She also has notable experience handling copyright matters, often advising clients across the media and entertainment industries.

Chambers describes Ms. Wolff as “very well-known and well-respected.” She receives plaudits for her expertise in a range of complex copyright matters and is highlighted for her particular skill across the photography and visual art industry.

CDAS’s Entertainment Practice was awarded a regional designation of “Noted Firm” in “Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater – New York” for the third consecutive year, while the Firm’s IP, Copyright and Litigation Practice received a  “Noted Firm” designation in “Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets – New York” for the second consecutive year.

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.

Eleanor M. Lackman Shortlisted for Two Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Awards

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP partner Eleanor M. Lackman earned two nominations in the categories of “best in copyright” and “best in media and entertainment” for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2018 Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

In 2017, Euromoney honored Ms. Lackman in the copyright category. The 2018 awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 7th at Essex House in New York City.


Nancy E. Wolff Named to 2018 Managing Intellectual Property’s “Top 250 Women in IP” List

Cowan, DeBaets, Abraham’s & Sheppard LLP (CDAS) Partner Nancy E. Wolff has been selected for inclusion in Managing Intellectual Property’s (IP) “Top 250 Women in IP” list.

The special publication recognizes female practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.

Managing IP explains that these leading female practitioners have been selected from the general “IP Stars” list, which will be officially announced next month. The list is based on information obtained during the research for this year’s edition of “IP STARS.” The research was concluded in February to 2018.

See the full list here: THE TOP 250 WOMEN IN IP (2018)

Partner Susan H. Bodine Named to Variety’s “2018 Power of Women N.Y. Impact Report”

Susan Bodine, Partner and Co-Head of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams and Sheppard LLP’s (CDAS) Entertainment Practice is featured in Variety’s2018 Power of Women New York Impact List.”

Sue is recognized in the feature for helping talented artists and business people achieve creative and professional goals. Recent deals include Netflix series for two clients — Mary Harron’s “Alias Grace” and Jose Padilha’s “The Mechanism” — and the 4K restoration/relaunch of Kevin Rafferty’s noted 1982 documentary “The Atomic Café.” She also struck a financing deal between Blumhouse Films and China’s Meridian Films.

Sue, who has worked alongside powerful men throughout her career, also shares her thoughts on the #MeToo movement, saying “sexual harassment and discrimination take many forms, and I think the #MeToo movement makes it easier to discuss these things, in all their complexity, between all women — and definitely in mentoring young women.”

The “Power of Women New York 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.

Law360: News Site Beats Suit Over Image Of Violent Berkeley Clash

Mic Network Inc. is represented by CDAS LLP attorneys Eleanor M. Lackman and Marissa B. Lewis

By Bill Donahue

Law360 (March 26, 2018, 3:35 PM EDT) — A New York federal judge on Friday tossed out a copyright lawsuit filed against news website Mic over an image of protesters at a pro-Trump rally, calling the site’s use of a still-frame from a video “trivial.”

Access the full article here.

Partner Nancy E. Wolff Quoted in The New York Law Journal Article, “’Right to Publicity’ Bills in NY Legislature Stir Free Speech, Liability Concerns”

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP partner Nancy E. Wolff was quoted in The New York Law Journal today, in “’Right to Publicity’ Bills in NY Legislature Stir Free Speech, Liability Concerns,” by Andrew Denny.

The following is an excerpt:

Nancy Wolff, a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard who represents a trade association of image libraries, said she has concerns that the removal of a domiciliary requirement would invite forum shoppers to bring claims in New York courts.

Wolff said she did not think a broader-based right to publicity like California’s would be a good fit for New York, where the right is strictly constructed and backed up with more than a century’s worth of case law.

“New York has been sort of First Amendment friendly, media-friendly in interpreting that narrowly,” Wolff said.

Read the full article on The New York Law Journal website here.

CDAS Hires Partner Andy Miller to Expand Its TV and Entertainment Practice and Growing Beverly Hills Office

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP is expanding its entertainment practice with the strategic hire of attorney Andy Miller, who has joined the firm as a partner.

Mr. Miller joined CDAS from Turner Entertainment Networks on March 1.

Andy Miller

Andy Miller is the newest addition to the Firm’s growing Beverly Hills office and brings 21 plus years of legal and non-legal industry experience on all sides of the business to the representation of his clients in private practice.

Mr. Miller practiced as in-house counsel at The Disney Channel, TBS and TNT where he negotiated and drafted production agreements, license agreements and above and below the line deals for both scripted, non-scripted and animated television shows, overseeing the projects from acquisition through development, production, distribution and to exhibition, and providing legal advice at each step as the production attorney on such projects. Shows for which Mr. Miller provided legal services for include “The Walking Dead,” “Good Behavior,” “The Detour,” “Tarantula,” “Wrecked,” “Shake It Up” and “Make Your Mark.” He started his legal career as an associate at the law firm Doyle & Miller, where he acquired experience on all platforms and with a wide array of clients.

Mr. Miller is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA), founded a production company, is an Emmy nominated producer and has won a Peabody award for his work as a staff writer on “Friday Night Lights.”

“I’m thrilled to join CDAS,” says Mr. Miller. “Their expertise and varied clients makes it the perfect atmosphere for my re-entry into private practice.”

Frederick P. Bimbler, co-head of CDAS’s Entertainment practice explains, “So many of us at CDAS have learned the entertainment industry as professionals and artists, not solely from the practice of law. Andy’s creative background and years of in-house experience make him a perfect match for our firm’s Beverly Hills office.”

Chambers and Partners 2018 Global Practice Guide for Trade Marks Features CDAS Partners as Authors of the “Trends and Developments” Article in the Guide’s USA Chapter

Chambers and Partners 2018 Global Practice Guide for Trade Marks is now available, featuring CDAS Partners Eleanor M. Lackman, Joshua B. Sessler, Scott J. Sholder and Nancy E. Wolff as authors of the “Trends and Developments” article in the guide’s USA chapter. Read it here.


Partner Nancy E. Wolff Quoted in The New York Times Article, “Artist Says Kendrick Lamar Video for ‘Black Panther’ Song Stole Her Work”

The New York Times, February 11, 2018

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP partner Nancy E. Wolff was quoted in The New York Times yesterday, in “Artist Says Kendrick Lamar Video for ‘Black Panther’ Song Stole Her Work,” by Robin Pogrebin.

The following is an excerpt:

Nancy E. Wolff, a copyright lawyer who currently serves as the president of the Copyright Society of the USA, said that the video’s directors are likely to argue that the images in the video are not exact copies. But because the gold-on-black aesthetic of Ms. Viktor’s work “is so strong,” Ms. Wolff said, “it’s just going to look like it’s the same.”

“It’s really tricky because style is not protected,” Ms. Wolff added, “but I can see why everyone assumed this artist was involved.”

Read the full article on The New York Times website here.