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Yehudah Buchweitz

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Partner in Weil’s Litigation Department, where his practice focuses on a wide spectrum of complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Has handled a number of First Amendment, copyright, antitrust, and right of publicity matters for clients in the media, sports, and entertainment industry, and also works closely with pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies, representing them in international and domestic arbitrations and disputes regarding milestones, contracts, and partnerships.


Brandeis University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, 1999); Fordham University Law School (J.D., 2002)

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPstands very strong’ in the US litigation market. The team remained busy throughout 2017 and was on track for another solid year in 2018, with several cases set to go to trial. The firm distinguishes itself for having a large number of partners with significant trial experience; among the names to note are Diane Sullivan (who splits her time between New York and Princeton), David Lender, David Yohai and Miami-based ‘experienced partnerEdward Soto. Sullivan and Soto were part of a team that also included Princeton-based Allison Brown which represented Repsol in a dispute concerning the pollution of the Passaic River in New Jersey; after almost a decade of litigation, the team secured a successful close to the case in fall 2017. Elsewhere, Yehudah Buchweitz represented Showtime Networks in a breach of contract case against Charter Communications, which reached an amicable settlement in May 2017. Silicon Valley-based David Singh made partner in January 2017. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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United States: Industry focus


Within: Sport

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is known for acting for major league athletes, managers, staff, owners and broadcasters in all manner of sports litigation and negotiations. Practice co-heads Yehudah Buchweitz and Eric Hochstadt defended Showtime Networks against a suite of putative class actions arising out of the August 2017 Mayweather and McGregor fight. Hochstadt is currently also assisting the direct help non-profit organization We Stand With Oakland with a potential challenge to the NFL’s relocation of the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas with the aim of maintaining a professional sports team in Oakland. Employment litigation practice head Jeffrey Klein has advised a range of current and former athletes, coaches and other high profile sporting individuals on their employment law concerns. On the transactional side, Boston-based Kevin Sullivan assisted Providence Equity Partners with the sale of its interest in Soccer United Marketing and handled Providence Strategic Growth Partners’ disposal of a majority stake in its portfolio company Blue Star Sports, a developer of youth sports software solutions, to Genstar Capital.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

A ‘top-notch name in the music space’, the New York-based team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP recently represented Pandora Media in a trial in which the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) set favorable sound recording royalty rates for the client, a decision which is being appealed by others in the music industry; and acted for Sirius XM in a music royalty rate setting proceeding before the CRB; Bruce Rich and Todd Larson led on both matters. Clients also praise Howard Chatzinoff, who is a key name for transactional work; the ‘excellentBenjamin Marks; Michael Aiello, who is advising Scripps Networks Interactive on its $15bn merger with Discovery Communications; and Yehudah Buchweitz, who is defending Showtime Networks in several putative class actions brought by customers who had paid to watch the ‘Fight of the Century’ but were unable to do so due to alleged insufficient bandwidth and server systems. Simon & Schuster, Alibaba Group and Univision are also clients.

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