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Gavin McElroy

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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC


Gavin D. McElroy is a partner in the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group and is Chair of the Executive Compensation Group.

The Legal 500 lists Mr. McElroy among the nation’s leading media and technology lawyers, praising his capabilities. And Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has praised Mr. McElroy for his handling of corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions work for agencies. Super Lawyers magazine lists Mr. McElroy as a “Super Lawyer” in Employment & Labor, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Intellectual Property. M&A Awards listed him as the PR & Media Lawyer of the Year - USA for 2016.

Mr. McElroy represents advertising agencies and media-related businesses on corporate, transactional, advertising, employment, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions issues. He represents both emerging and established companies in the advertising, marketing services, public relations, entertainment, and media businesses.

Mr. McElroy chairs the Executive Compensation & Employment Group which was named "Best for Executive Compensation - USA 2015" by Acquisitions International Magazine. He practices all aspects of employment law, regularly representing both businesses and executives in negotiating employment and severance agreements, evaluating compensation packages, implementing compensation, bonus and equity plans, drafting employment policies, and resolving discrimination claims.


Mr. McElroy is also a member of the Corporate & Finance Group. He advises clients on preparation for potential sales, mergers and acquisitions, employment and compensation matters, equity and ownership issues, bringing partners in and out of companies, and buy-sell arrangements. He helps businesses protect and exploit intellectual property in and across all media. In addition, Mr. McElroy assists with strategic planning, and helps clients adapt their business models to the ever-changing legal, regulatory, and technological landscape.

Mr. McElroy lectures for the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Conference Board. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Advertising AgeAdweekThe Newark Star Ledger, and other trade publications on advertising, media and employment issues.

He is admitted to practice in New York. 


Providence College (BA, magna cum laude) St. Johns University School of Law (JD, cum laude)

United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing: transactional

Within: Advertising and marketing: transactional

The New York-based advertising, marketing and public relations group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC boasts impressive capabilities advising a range of brands spanning from PepsiCo and Domino’s Pizza to BIC USA, and also agencies such as Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Wieden & Kennedy. A particular work highlight was acting for Epic Games regarding a multitude of advertising and intellectual property matters, including structuring its influencer and generated art programs and putting their content into television commercials. The team also has experience assisting disruptive businesses and counts Etsy, thredUP and Glossier among its clients in this sector. Recently promoted partner Hannah Taylor is assisting Lidl with several advertising matters since entering the US market, including regulatory advice. Terri Seligman and Rick Kurnit jointly lead the group which also includes, Jeffrey Greenbaum, Brian Murphy, Candice Kersh, Christopher Chase, Gavin McElroy.

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