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Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
NY 10005
United States

Advertising and marketing: transactional Tier 1

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 GreenbaumBrian Murphy, Candice Kersh, Christopher Chase, Gavin McElroy.

Media and entertainment: transactional Tier 2

A stand-out firm for talent-side representation, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC's entertainment practice attracts praise for its 'unwavering commitment to clients and its ease in dealing with creative issues'. The group is particularly known for its representation of film, television, theater and music talent and celebrities, and counts actors Robert De Niro and John Goodman among its client. Richard Heller recently acted for Aaron Sorkin to negotiate and structure a deal for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway. Los Angeles-based Andrew Hurwitz advised Jennifer Lee in negotiations for her role as Creative Head of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Victoria Cook successfully assisted comedians Desus Nice and The Kid Mero move the late night show Desus & Mero from Viceland to Showtime. Hayden Goldblatt, who has particular experience in the film sector, was recently promoted to the partnership. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York unless otherwise specified.

Copyright Tier 4

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC is best known for its work in the areas of book publishing and photography. Maura Wogan acted for Laspata DeCaro Studio in a dispute with Rimowa, which alleged that the client infringed copyright with the photographs it used for one of its marketing campaigns. Jeremy Goldman  represented the publisher Scholastic in a dispute against James Castle, which took action due to the client publishing a book about his life; Goldman achieved a victory in that case on fair use grounds. In addition, Edward Rosenthal worked with Scholastic on resolving photograph licensing disputes.

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

The ‘amazingFrankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC is well known for its expertise in cybersecurity and privacy matters in the field of digital advertising and publishing. The ‘incredibly responsive’ practice head Tanya Forsheit is ‘everything you could ask for in an outside counsel’. She and counsel Daniel Goldberg, who is also recommended, have been advising media conglomerate Meredith Corporation on compliance with GDPR. The client base also includes Dunkin’ and TaskRabbit. The ‘outstandingGregory Boyd and Sean Kane from the New York office are other names to note. Named individuals are based in Los Angeles unless otherwise indicated.

Long recognized as a leading media, entertainment and advertising law firm, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz, PC provides the highest quality legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines.

With more than 80 lawyers, Frankfurt Kurnit now represents a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, charitable organizations and law firms, to celebrities, artists and individuals working in many fields. In addition to advising clients on entertainment, advertising and intellectual property matters, Frankfurt Kurnit has equally strong practices in commercial, media and intellectual property litigation, white- collar criminal defense, corporate and tax law, technology law, privacy and data security, charitable organizations, trusts and estates, legal ethics and real estate. By combining a diverse group of lawyers and practice groups to address any client’s matters, Frankfurt Kurnit brings a unique, client-focused approach to helping clients achieve their goals, whether resolving a dispute, getting the deal done or just planning for the future. Without the obstacles posed by rigid ‘department’ structures or protective ‘relationship’ partners, Frankfurt Kurnit prides itself on efficient client service.

Historically known for its entertainment practice, Frankfurt Kurnit expanded into publishing, advertising, public relations, fashion, leisure and marketing services, and so was poised to address the challenges of the digital world. The firm has pioneered the application of intellectual property and entertainment industry business models to new and innovative media. Today it continues to guide large and small players in the full range of interactive communications and entertainment.

In addition to The Legal 500, Frankfurt Kurnit also receives the highest marks from Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and other lawyer ranking services. For the fifteenth consecutive year Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit. Chambers USA ranked us for our: Advertising, Media & Entertainment and Intellectual Property practices. The Best Lawyers in America 2019 praised 21 Frankfurt Kurnit lawyers. In addition, Best Lawyers named Jeffrey A. Greenbaum “Lawyer of the Year” for Copyright Law, and named Ronald C. Minkoff “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants. The Hollywood Reporter included Amy Nickin in its Power Lawyers 2019: Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys list. Moreover, Variety included Victoria Cook and Andrew Hurwitz in its 2019 Legal Impact Report.

Main areas of practice: Advertising, marketing and public relations, art law, branded entertainment, celebrity branding, charitable organizations, corporate and finance, cross-border transactions and global media clearance, entertainment, estate planning and administration, executive compensation and employment, fashion, intellectual property, interactive entertainment, IP finance, legal ethics and professional responsibility, litigation, publishing, real estate, restaurants, securities fraud and white-collar defense, sports, tax, technology, privacy and data security, digital media, trade mark and brand management.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising and marketing Rick Kurnit
Advertising and marketing Candice Kersh
Advertising and marketing Brian Murphy
Advertising and marketing Jeffrey Greenbaum
Advertising and marketing Terri Seligman
Film and television Richard Heller
Film and television Richard Hofstetter
Entertainment litigation Maura Wogan
Entertainment litigation Jeremy Goldman
Entertainment litigation Joseph Taylor
Media and entertainment finance Thomas Selz
Media and entertainment finance Victoria S Cook
Media and entertainment talent matters Andrew Hurwitz
Media and entertainment talent matters Amy Nickin
Media and entertainment talent matters Lisa E Davis
Theatre Mark Merriman
Sports marketing Christopher Chase
Sports marketing Alan Sacks
Cross-border transactions Richard Heller
Cross-border transactions Thomas Selz
Trademark Catherine Farrelly
Trademark Edward Rosenthal
Fashion Michael Williams
Technology and privacy Tanya Forsheit
Interactive entertainment S Gregory Boyd
Interactive entertainment Sean F Kane
Employment/compensation Gavin McElroy
Litigation Ron Minkoff
Litigation Brian Maas
Litigation Craig Whitney
Legal ethics and professional responsibility Ron Minkoff
Legal ethics and professional responsibility Nicole Hyland
Legal ethics and professional responsibility John Harris
Estate planning and charitable organizations Barbara Shiers
Estate planning and charitable organizations Linda J Wank
Corporate and tax Deborah Wolfe
Corporate and tax Jay S Rand
Corporate and tax Jeffrey Marks
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr S. Gregory Boyd  photo Mr S. Gregory Boyd
Mr Christopher Chase  photo Mr Christopher Chase
Ms Victoria Cook  photo Ms Victoria Cook
Mr Hayden Goldblatt  photo Mr Hayden Goldblatt
Mr Jeffrey Greenbaum  photo Mr Jeffrey Greenbaum
Mr Richard Heller  photo Mr Richard Heller
Mr Richard Hofstetter  photo Mr Richard Hofstetter
Mr Sean F. Kane  photo Mr Sean F. Kane
Ms Candice Kersh  photo Ms Candice Kersh
Mr Rick Kurnit  photo Mr Rick Kurnit
Mr Gavin McElroy  photo Mr Gavin McElroy
Mr Brian Murphy  photo Mr Brian Murphy
Mr Edward Rosenthal  photo Mr Edward Rosenthal
Ms Terri Seligman  photo Ms Terri Seligman
Ms Hannah Taylor  photo Ms Hannah Taylor
Mr Michael Williams  photo Mr Michael Williams
Number of Partners : 42
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 53
Total Staff : 137
Managing Partner : Jeffrey A Greenbaum
Senior Partners : Michael Frankfurt
Senior Partners : Rick Kurnit
Other Offices : Los Angeles