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Our Media & Speaking Engagements highlight attorneys quoted or profiled in the media and those invited to be panelists at local, national and international programs. Our attorneys are frequent participants within bar association conferences, industry seminars and roundtables. If you are a member of the media and would like to interview any of our attorneys and learn more about our practice areas or industry teams, please contact us.

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Entertainment and Intellectual Property litigator, Helene Freeman, will be a featured speaker at the Defense Research Institute's 2017 Intellectual Property Litigation Section 2-day seminar in Chicago, Illinois. Helene will highlight the reasons for the differences in outcomes between the "Blurred Lines" and Led Zeppelin copyright infringement cases. Helene successfully defended Led Zeppelin in June 2016.


Employee Benefit Adviser publishes, "NYC salary bill touted as a step toward gender pay equality," by Marc Zimmerman chair of the Labor & Employment Law Practice. The article highlights what New York City employers should be mindful of, including what questions cannot be asked of potential employees by the employers themselves or their outside recruiters and placement firms, as well as unauthorized questions on application forms, which may need to be amended to be in compliance, if the bill is signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. 


Labor & Employment partner, Marc Zimmerman, addresses the recent New York City Council approval of a bill prohibiting employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history in the Habitat magazine article, “New Law Forbids Questions About Salary History in Job Interviews.” 


Employee Benefits News quotes Labor & Employment Law partner Marc Zimmerman in "NYC takes steps to ban salary history inquiries" published on April 6, 2017.  The article addresses the New York City Council's overwhelming approval on Wednesday, April 5th, of a bill to prohibit employers from inquiring about or relying on, a prospective employee’s salary history. The bill is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. 


Monica McCabe, partner in the Intellectual Property Practice, serves as program co-chair of the 32nd Annual Intellectual Program Law Conference (IPL) of the American Bar Association (ABA). The IPL, which is a two-day conference being held in Arlington, Virginia, attracts attorneys representing all areas of intellectual property law.  Monica is also a 2016-2017 ABA-IPL CLE Board Member.


International Tax and Trusts & Estates partner Michael Galligan responds to this week's tax and real estate-related question published by Mansion Global, a digital platform for affluent residential real estate buyers and investors. The question: "Should I Buy or Rent When Moving to Shanghai for Just Two Years?


Steven Thal, International Counsel in the German and Business Law Practices, will participate in a panel discussion with German law professors from Berlin and Osnabrueck sponsored by the German American Lawyers Association in Berlin.  The program, “Terms and conditions of sale in B2B transactions- a comparison between the US and German legal systems.” („Die Anwendung von AGBs auf B2B Verkaufstransaktionen—ein Vergleich zwischen den US und deutsche Rechtssysteme“).


Legendary recording artist Sir Paul McCartney filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan against music publisher Sony/ATV over ownership of some of the Beatles’ most famous songs. Partners Helene Freeman and Alan Behr members of our Intellectual Property Law practice, were quoted in articles published by Forbes magazine and Digital Music News.  Forbes included quotes by Helene, and Digital Music News published quotes by both Helene and Alan. 

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The January/February 2017 online issue of includes the article, “Questions Abound: FTC Antitrust Actions Under the New Administration” authored by litigation and antitrust partner Julian Perlman.

Excerpt: "...President-elect Trump will have the opportunity to appoint (with Senate confirmation) three out of the five FTC commissioners, including a new chair, for seven-year terms...It appears likely that Maureen Ohlhausen will be appointed the new chair of the FTC—she is the only Republican currently on the Commission (in addition to Chairwoman Ramirez, Commissioner McSweeny is also a Democrat). Irrespective of who ends up chairing the FTC, the President-elect will almost certainly have to nominate at least one Democrat to the Commission, as no more than three commissioners may be from the same political party. These commissioners will not only set antitrust enforcement and consumer protection priorities and policies, but also review potential mergers..." provides practical guidance on legal issues involving public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and restructurings.


The successful representation on behalf of our client, the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin (Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin), in one of the most high-profile copyright cases in recent years, lands on Law360’s list of the “Top 10 Copyright Rulings Of 2016” published on December 21, 2016.  The case is number 5 on the list.  We were extremely pleased – and so was the band – with our victory this year thanks to our litigation and entertainment law partner Helene Freeman. Through our entertainment law partner, George Fearon, we have proudly represented Led Zeppelin for over 40 years. | View the "Top 10" here.


Litigation partner Julian Perlman addresses the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejection of a trademark registration in an article published in iP Frontline, and comments to Law360 and IP Pro The Internet regarding the Office's decision.

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denied the registration of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, of a trademark associated with their name – the “Vegas Golden Knights”.  The USPTO determinted there would be a likelihood of confusion with a previously registered mark – the “Golden Knights” – associated with the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.  The NHL team attempted to register a standard word mark with no logo or stylized design.  In addition, the USPTO examined the channels of trade and determined that the sale of clothing and apparel by both entities would cause confusion.  Based on these two issues, the Vegas Golden Knights’ application was rejected.  Julian addresses a few of the finer points of the Trademark Office’s decision and cautions entities about the window of opportunity associated with trademark registrations and the importance of identifying any already-registered marks that may be confusingly similar.


Trusts & Estates and International Law partner Michael Galligan will address members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) India in a discussion of cross border succession planning considerations for individuals and families having residence status or family members in India and the U.S., or having cross-border assets in India / the U.S. The event takes place in Mumbai. | More here. and watch the video here.


Regina Faul, partner in the Labor & Employment Law Practice, has been quoted by Nation’s Restaurant News. Regina comments on the injunction last week Tuesday halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rules appears in the article, "Overtime rule freeze likely too late for restaurants." She cautions restaurant owners and managers against holding off on compliance during the freeze of the federal overtime regulations.


Employee Benefit Advisor quotes Regina Faul, Labor & Employment Law partner, in the article, "Should employers continue to prepare for overtime regulations?" regarding last week's nationwide injunction by a Texas court blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule, which was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016.


Private Air Luxury Homes magazine quotes Marc Landis, Real Estate Law Practice chair, exclusively in its November/December issue highlighting the US Treasury Department’s announcement that all-cash purchases in parts of California and Texas – like New York County (Manhattan) and Miami-Dade County (Florida) – would be tracked by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The article, “Perspective on US Treasury Department Regulations on Purchases of Luxury Real Estate” appears in the issue’s Investments section (pg 100). | See issue here: 


Litigator, Helene Freeman, partner in our Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Practices joins the 28th Annual North American Law Summit for Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property as a panelist.  The panel, "Winning Strategies & Ethical Boundaries for Persuading Judges and Juries in Entertainment Cases," will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016.  The Summit convenes in Riviera Maya, Mexico, November 9 - 13th. 


Fashion Law practice chairman, Alan Behr comments to Luxury Daily and Logistics Management on the potential impact of the country’s new President-elect, Donald Trump, on the fashion and textiles industries, the luxury goods market, and U.S. trade agreements, including the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).  

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Marc Zimmerman, partner in the Labor & Employment practice, was quoted by Nation's Restaurant News regarding the potential impact of the U.S. Presidential elections on the restaurant industry, specifically as it relates to restaurant operators and the future of the federal minimum wage, as well as broader issues, including immigration reform and healthcare. | Read the article here.


Law360 quotes Julian Perlman on his arrival to Phillips Nizer. Julian joined the litigation, antitrust and fashion practices as a partner on November 1.  The feature also mentioned Monica McCabe who joined the firm as a partner in March in the intellectual property, ligitation and entertainment practices.


Managing Partner and Real Estate Law Practice chairman, Marc Landis, and Real Estate Law associate, Karen Schwimmer, will be speakers at the Monday, October 31, 2016 New York Residential Specialist (NYRS) Procedures for Investing in Commercial Real Estate Education Series. Marc and Karen's topic is entitled, "De-mystifying the Spooky Stuff:  Due Diligence and Legal Issues Across Different Property Types".  


Trusts & Estates partner, Michael Galligan, co-chairs "The Challenge of Administering US-European Estates and Successions" panel on Friday, October 21st at the 2016 Seasonal Meeting of the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) International Section in Paris, France (October 15 - 21, 2016).  Also on Friday, Michael will be a panel presenter on "CRS (Common Reporting Standards) and Automatic Exchange of Information: Issues for the Wealth Management Industry". 


Managing Partner and Real Estate Law practice chair, Marc Landis, will be a featured panelist on the Strafford CLE webinar, "Title Insurance Coverage: What Real Estate Counsel Must Know," on Thursday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. EST.  The 90-minute webinar will provide real estate counsel with an overview of the latest developments in title insurance coverage and explain best practices for evaluating and negotiating coverage, exclusions and endorsements under American Land Title Association (ALTA) policies.  For further details regarding the webinar and to register, click here


Entertainment and Litigation partner, Helene Freeman, joins fellow entertainment law industry veterans on the "Plenary Session: Litigation Roundup" panel at the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries 2016 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada (October 6 - 8, 2016).  The panel discussion will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th.  For registration and further details, click here.


Intellectual Property Watch quotes Alan Behr in “USPTO Refusal To Register Trademarks Breaches Free Speech”.  The article highlights the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to review the case of Lee v. Tam, to assess the constitutionality of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s refusal to register disparaging marks under the Lanham Act.  


Labor & Employment Law partner, Marc Zimmerman, cautions employers regarding the Second Circuit's recent "Cat's Paw" ruling in HR Compliance Expert's article, "'Cat's Paw' Theory Applies to Co-worker Bias, 2nd Cir. Says":

"...employers need to remember that "blind reliance on information provided by any level of employee as the basis for an adverse employment action is a recipe for disaster...Employers not only should continue to conduct prompt and thorough investigations prior to taking adverse employment actions, but also consider whether information provided by co-workers (supervisory or not) played a role in the employer's decision, and determine, in good faith..."


Corporate & Business Law associate, Florian von Eyb, addresses an audience of German lawyers, business owners and executives, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, on “Forming and running a company in the United States – tips and practical examples on how to avoid the pitfalls of the legal and cultural differences between Germany and the United States”.  Organized by the German American Lawyers Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung e.V.), the presentation will be held at the law firm of Klein Offenhausen Wolf in Hannover, Germany.  Florian is also a member of our firm's German and International Practices.


Partner Marc Zimmerman of our Labor & Employment Law Practice comments to Law360 in the article, "Employers Left Guessing By 2nd Circ.'s 'Cat's Paw' Ruling".  On August 29, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's decision and ruled an employer can be held liable for acting on bad information from a low-level employee when firing another worker. The ruling opens the door for the employer involved in the case to face a Title VII lawsuit by a former employee.  This is all the more reason, warns Marc, that employers not only conduct investigations, but conduct the right investigations when faced with employee vs. employee allegations and conflicts.


Adweek quotes Intellectual Property and Corporate Law partner, Alan Behr, on the use of Olympic mascots in the article, “Why Official Olympic Mascots Are So Damn Weird: When a committee makes decisions, confusion is what you get.”  Unfortunately, in an effort not to offend anyone during such a large, global event like the Olympic Games, what is sometimes created by the host nation is a mascot that does not resonate well with others outside the country -- and even sometimes within the country.   

According to Alan, “You have to come up with a character that works everywhere, and it can’t have a name that means the wrong thing in some language...You need a mascot that will work in both North and South Korea—and in Albania, Cuba and the People’s Republic of China.”


Monica McCabe, partner in our Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law practices will moderate the American Bar Association (ABA) CLE panel program, "No "Blurred Lines" in the Judgment for the Marvin Gaye Family", on Wednesday, June 22nd from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. examining the jury verdict and subsequent proceedings, including the denial of attorneys' fees, in Pharrell Williams v. Bridgeport Music et al, 2015 Copr.L.Dec.P30, 791.  Topics covered will include strategy in bringing a declaratory judgment action, substantial similarity and sound recording issues, use of experts, use of impeaching deposition testimony, damage analysis and jury instructions.


Partner Michael Galligan participates as a panelist at the 2016 STEP Israel Annual Conference in Tel Aviv. The conference hosted on June 15th and 16th welcomes trusts, estates, taxation and other practitioners from around the world. Michael and his panel will address the topic of international inheritance. Michael, who is a member of our Trusts & Estates, Tax and International Practices is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).


Corporate & Business Law Practice Chairman, Monte Engler, was interviewed by American Lawyer Media senior reporter Sue Reisinger for Corporate Counsel magazine regarding the focus required of corporate counsel in the midst of highly contentious succession struggles much like what we are now witnessing as the battle rages on in the Viacom/Sumner Redstone family feud. Monte, who served as general counsel for Radio Common Carriers of New York, Inc. states in "In Viacom Fight, GC Is in "Unenviable" Spot", "...the goal of counsel is to try to inject rationality into a situation that is, in essence, irrational." 


Investment News quotes Neil Kleinhandler, senior partner in our Tax, Trusts & Estates and ERISA Law Practices, in "Lawsuit could force delay to DOL fiduciary rule implementation: Experts weigh plaintiffs' likely arguments versus Labor Department's legal standing and odds in court".  | Read article here


Law360 quotes Labor and Employment Law partner Marc Zimmerman regarding the May 18, 2016 U.S. Labor Department  announcement of the final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in, "5 Ways Employers Should Prep For The New OT Expansion" | Read the article here


The Hollywood Reporter (May 25, 2016) quotes Litigation and Matrimonial & Family Law counsel Elizabeth Adinolfi about the legal batte involving entertainment and media magnate Sumner Redstone, his removal of trustees from the Redstone Trust, including Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, amidst his failing health and questions about his mental acuity, and the widely-reported rift between Dauman and Redstone's daughter, Shari Redstone. | Read the article here.


Inc. magazine (online) quotes Labor & Employment Law partner Marc B. Zimmerman about yesterday's long-awaited announcement by the U.S. Labor Department of the final rule updating the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which more than doubles the salary level required to satisfy the FLSA’s overtime exemption for executive, administrative and professional, i.e. “white collar”, employees. | Read the article here 


International Trusts & Estates and Tax partner, Michael Galligan, contributed to the fourth edition of Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions (ed. Alon Kaplan) produced by Globe Law and Business. The release of this edition was made in association with the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP), of which Michael is a member. Michael contributes an article addressing the Hague Convention on Trusts and the Uniform Trust Code.  Orders for the full edition via the publisher’s website are being accepted. For more information, please visit their website here.


Habitat Magazine (online) quotes Managing Partner and Real Estate Law Practice chair, Marc Landis in its "Beyond Board Talk" section of its May 2016 issue.  A residential co-op building shareholder questions whether all shareholders are being treated equitably when opportunities arise to offer their apartments for film and television shoots, which is "tradition" in their building. One upper floor co-operative shareholder was denied by the board's president the ability to offer their apartment to a location scout. Instead, the board president relayed the offer to an apartment shareholder on the first floor.  Read the article here.


As seen on online music magazine publishes interview of Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law partner Monica McCabe, a former attorney for Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Prince, who she represented in a dispute involving his famous symbol-shaped guitar. The article asks the question: "What Will Happen to Prince's Estate?" Read the interview here.

Monica represents financial sector service providers, manufacturers of industrial and commercial products; consumer goods; fashion, apparel and jewelry manufacturers and distributors; actors, musicians, authors, publishers, illustrator, photographers; and non-profit entities.  She supervises the prosecution and maintenance of trademarks, represents clients in the protection, assignment and licensing of intellectual property portfolios and domain names, and counsels clients on rights of privacy and publicity, infringement, unfair competition, trade dress and trade secret issues. 

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