- New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, NYU Law Review, Order of the Coif
- Smith College, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa
- New York
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd, 3rd, 6th & 9th Circuits
- U.S. Dist. Ct., EDNY
- U.S. Dist. Ct., SDNY
- U.S. Dist. Ct., WDNY
Helene Freeman named as Law360's Legal Lion - March 13, 202003/13/2020
The full Ninth Circuit sided with Led Zeppelin on Monday and rejected a high-profile copyright lawsuit accusing the band of stealing the intro to "Stairway to Heaven" from a little-known song, landing the group’s attorneys at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Phillips Nizer LLP on this week’s legal lions list. Led Zeppelin and its affiliated music companies are represented by Peter J. Anderson of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Helene Freeman of Phillips Nizer LLP.
Media - Litigator Helene Freeman, Partner in our Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Practices, quoted by Bloomberg Law in article about a lawsuit filed by muralists and the use of their street art without permission in ads by Mercedes Benz | Read here04/23/2019 | Bloomberg Law
“There have been many cases by graffiti artists, and they’ve generally prevailed...I don’t think fair use is a claim that can be articulated here. Mercedes used the art for what it was.”
Fashion Blog - #Influencers? | Helene Freeman (author)02/13/2019 | The Fashion Industry Law Blog
Speaking Engagement - Helene Freeman, partner in the Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Practices speaks at the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section 2018 Music Business and Law Conference.11/16/2018
Helene will addresses the Copyright Act of 1909 that was involved in the "Stairway To Heaven" and "Blurred Lines" cases at this NYSBA CLE program on Friday, November 16, 2018.
The program will be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013.
Register at: www.nysba.org/EASLMusicConference18
Speaking Engagement/CLE Program - Helene Freeman, Litigation partner and member of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Practices addresses "Copyright Licensing" on Mon., November 5, 2018 at the 2-day Practising Law Institute (PLI) program, "Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2018".11/05/2018 | Practising Law Institute
Licensing Intellectual Property can offer a practical and efficient strategy for companies looking to expand into a new market, enhance an existing product line, reduce costs or accomplish other business goals. The IP under consideration for license could be a patent, copyright, or trademark, software or any combination of these properties.
As this approach becomes increasingly common across industries, counsel who are new to licensing
IP must understand the complex range of issues that may arise when licensing a mix of intellectual
This program is designed for intellectual property specialists, corporate counsel and general practitioners who are interested in learning how to license and protect various forms of intellectual property.
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION HERE
Media - Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law partner Helene Freeman quoted by Radio+Television Business Report regarding the Music Modernization Act signed into law today.10/11/2018 | Radio+Television Business Report
Super Lawyers® (2018)09/13/2018
Seventeen Phillips Nizer attorneys were announced on September 13, 2018 as selected for inclusion on the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Attorneys represented a cross-section of several practice areas and industry teams.
Fashion Blog - How to Lose a Trademark | Helene Freeman (author)08/21/2018 | The Fashion Industry Law Blog
U.S. News - BestLawyers® (2019)08/15/2018
Best Lawyers® recognized Alan Behr, Helene M. Freeman, Michael W. Galligan, Donald P. Perry, Evan J. Spelfogel, Lauren J. Wachtler, Martin B. Wasser and Elliot J. Wiener.
Speaking Engagement - Tennessee Intellectual Property Association (TIPLA) | Spring CLE Seminar featuring Helene M. Freeman05/04/2018
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law partner Helene Freeman addresses copyright issues in the music business at TIPLA's Spring Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee.
Speaking Engagement - Litigation partner, Helene Freeman, joins veteran entertainment lawyers to discuss recent developments in the law affecting practitioners in the field and to share their favorite trial tips at the 9th Annual American Bar Association Entertainment Law Symposium (April 5 - 6, 2018) in Miami, Florida.04/06/2018
The panel presentation, "Entertainment Litigation Update" will be held on Friday, April 6th from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. For full details and to register for the ABA Symposium, see here.
U.S. News - BestLawyers® (2018)11/01/2017
U.S. News-Best Lawyers® announced on November 1, 2017, Phillips Nizer's recognition as one of the nation's "Best Law Firms" for 2018. The listing is presented in ranking tiers from 1 - 3. We ranked highly, Tier 1, nationally in Copyright Law, Trademark Law and Trusts & Estates Law. We were also ranked in the New York City Metropolitan listings.
Super Lawyers® (2017)09/20/2017
It was announced on September 20, 2017, that sixteen Phillips Nizer attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2017 Super Lawyers list. Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking, Business Litigation, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Trusts & Estates practices were represented.
Speaking Engagement - Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law partner Helene Freeman will be a featured presenter at the 2017 Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Annual Meeting (June 4 - 6) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.06/04/2017
Helene's panel on Monday, June 5th is entitled, "Sound + Vision: Challenges in Evaluating Substantial Similarity of Musical Works." More info here.
Speaking Engagement - 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.05/11/2017Helene 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.
Media - 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.01/20/2017Partners 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.
- Paul McCartney Sues To Win A Battle Duran Duran Lost (Forbes)
- 56 Years Later, Paul McCartney Wants His Beatles Songs Back… (Digital Music News)
- "Duran Duran Case Shouldn't Affect Paul McCartney Contracts" by Helene Freeman (Law360, January 30, 2017)
Media - 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, 2016.12/21/2016
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".
Speaking Engagement - 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.11/11/2016
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.
U.S. News - Best Lawyers® (2017)11/01/2016
U.S. News-Best Lawyers® announced Phillips Nizer was recognized as one of the "Best Law Firms" in the nation for 2017 ranking highly nationally in Trusts & Estates Law. The firm was also ranked in the New York City Metropolitan area in Trusts & Estates Law, Copyright Law, Family Law, Intellectual Property Litigation and Trademark Law.
Speaking Engagement - 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).10/08/2016
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.
Media - The New York Law Journal quotes Entertainment Law partner, Helene M. Freeman, on the recent decision of Manhattan Commercial Division Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich’s to deny recording artist Kesha's bid to nullify her contract with record producer Dr. Luke, who she claims assaulted her. The consensus among entertainment lawyers is the Court made the right decision.03/15/2016
In the article, “Attorneys Say Judge Made Right Call in Rebuffing Kesha,” Helene comments, "It's not unheard of for artists to claim they cannot work with a particular producer who has an exclusive contract to record them…But that is not grounds for the artist being excused from the financial obligations. Kesha could refuse to record with Dr. Luke; she cannot then refuse to furnish those recordings to Sony, and Sony cannot refuse to pay Dr. Luke royalties generated by Kesha's albums that she agreed to make for them."
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Super Lawyers® (2014)10/01/2014
In an announcement on September 23, 2014, twenty-six Phillips Nizer attorneys were recognized on the Metro New York 2014 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists. Twenty-two partners, senior counsel and counsel were selected as Super Lawyers. Four counsel and associates were selected as Rising Stars. The 2014 selections crossed all major practice groups. The annual Super Lawyers® lists are a result of confidential peer review and independent research.
Super Lawyers® (2013)10/01/2013
Nineteen Phillips Nizer attorneys were selected by Super Lawyers® and recognized in the 2013 New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition publication. As was the case in 2012, attorneys selected represented several practice areas. The Firm achieved a significant increase in the number of honorees, including one recognized as a "Rising Star". Each year, attorneys are nominated across various legal practices and vetted through a process of confidential peer review. Independent research by the publisher is an important component before one can be selected as a "Super Lawyer".
Super Lawyers® (2012)09/21/2012
Phillips Nizer was honored with the selection of twelve of its attorneys for the 2012 New York Super Lawyers – Metro edition. The attorneys were recognized across seven practice areas — Alternative Dispute Resolution, Entertainment Law, Environmental Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Family Law, General Litigation, and Real Estate Law.
Super Lawyers® (2011)09/26/2011
Thirteen Phillips Nizer attorneys represented across seven distinct areas were recognized as 2011 "Super Lawyers". Super Lawyers®, a publication of Thomson Reuters, reviews nominations of attorneys across various legal practice areas. Those ultimately selected as "Super Lawyers" were vetted through a process involving peer review and independent research by the publisher.
Intellectual Property Alert - Digital Millennium Copyright Act Prohibits Removal or Alteration of Name of Author or Copyright Owner of Photographic Images07/01/2011
This Alert highlights a recent Third Circuit decision holding that the removal of a photographer's name from a photograph violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). As interpreted by the court, the photographer's name on a physical copy of the photograph was protected "copyright management information" and its removal was a statutory violation even though the name was not part of an automated or electronic copyright management protection system. This decision is particularly important since many unsuspecting business owners and executives, company employees (such as in-house designers) or third-party contractors who may use photographic images readily available in print and on the Web for promotional purposes, may be violating the DMCA and the copyright law. These violations can be costly as both statutes provide for damages even if there is no actual injury or profit.