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




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.

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.



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”.

Read both reports here:

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)