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United States: Intellectual property

Copyright - ranked: tier 4

Davis & Gilbert LLP

Davis & Gilbert LLP’s team in New York has remarkable industry expertise in the advertising and marketing sector, where it regularly advises clients on copyrightability, licensing and protection of materials, as well as license-free fair use. The ‘detail-oriented, smart and responsiveAshima Dayal is particularly recommended for such advisory work, while Guy Cohen and Marc Rachman are recommended for litigation. Highlights included the representation of the heirs of the comedy duo ‘Bud’ Abbott and Lou Costello in a copyright dispute with the producers of Broadway play Hand to God.

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United States: Labor and employment

Workplace and employment counseling
Workplace and employment counseling - ranked: tier 3

Davis & Gilbert LLP

Under the leadership of Gregg Gilman and Howard Rubin, Davis & Gilbert LLP handles the full range of matters, including employee classification, compliance with federal and state laws, and the drafting of employment policies and agreements. Gilman and counsel David Fisher advised RSE Ventures on negotiating employment agreements for Miami Dolphins’ CEO Tom Garfinkel and David Tyler, the CEO of Relevent Sports. Service industry clients from sectors such as media, marketing and communications retain the New York based practice, which has VaynerMedia, Kepler Group and Interlude on its client list. Also recommended are Daniel Feinstein, Gregg Brochin, Jessica Golden Cortes, Shira Franco and recently promoted partner Jason Pruzansky.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Advertising and marketing
Advertising and marketing - ranked: tier 1

Davis & Gilbert LLP

Davis & Gilbert LLP provides ‘extremely practical and specialized advice’ and is ‘a go-to first choice for clients’. The ‘top-rate’ team represents some of the largest agencies in the sector; a recent highlight included advising Concept One Communications on its representation of Gillette in negotiating product placement deals. Clients praise practice head Ronald Urbach, stating ‘there is simply no one who knows how to guide a client through today’s advertising landscape like him’; he recently advised Snapchat on issues regarding the integration of its content with advertisements. Allison Fitzpatrick has ‘a level of knowledge that is unparalleled’ and is recognized for her ‘significant experience in social media matters’, as well as her expertise in sweepstakes and promotions. In a recent highlight, Fitzpatrick represented Riyo before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an application proposing new verifiable parental consent methods under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which will use parents’ facial recognition to enable children to access online services covered by COPPA. Howard Weingrad, Joseph Lewczak, Richard Eisert, Ashima Dayal, who has ‘unrivalled industry knowledge’, and ‘great communicator’ Vejay Lalla are other key names. Aaron Taylor made partner in 2016. All attorneys mentioned are based in New York.

Leading lawyers

Joseph Lewczak - Davis & Gilbert LLP

Ronald Urbach - Davis & Gilbert LLP

Next generation lawyers

Aaron Taylor - Davis & Gilbert LLP

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Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) - ranked: tier 3

Davis & Gilbert LLP

Davis & Gilbert LLP’s service levels are ‘excellent, specifically the response times and ability to react to changing requirements and requests’. Gary Kibel’s knowledge of the space is second to none’; he leads the New York practice with Richard Eisert. The team is assisting new client Adbrain with regulatory compliance, and other client gains include Bitly and Sprinklr. The practice has notable strengths in Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) related issues and is advising numerous advertisers and their agencies on their privacy policies, websites, mobile apps and promotions to ensure compliance with new regulations is met. Other work highlights included advising life sciences start-up Evoke Neuroscience on all aspects of its technology and data collection service. The team also assists non-profit healthcare providers, hospitals, insurance providers and employer-sponsored group health plans with all HIPAA privacy and security concerns. Oriyan Gitig is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Oriyan Gitig - Davis & Gilbert LLP

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