Firm Profile > Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC > New York, United States

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC
114 WEST 47TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

Music and book publishing are the two key areas of focus for Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC. Eric Shimanoff is a name on the music side, having recently acted for Warner Music, Sony Music and Orchard Enterprises, collectively, in a dispute against ROK Mobile for the non-payment of royalties for recordings streamed by the defendants. Richard Mandel and Thomas Kjellberg are also names to note in the music space; together, the two advised UMG Recordings in a class action brought by a number of recording artists seeking to reclaim their publishing rights. Mandel also worked alongside Richard King for Capitol Records in seeking an injunction and damages against ReDigi which allegedly enabled purchasers of online digital recordings to re-sell them. Book publishing work is primarily handled by Richard Dannay, who recently represented Dover Publications in a dispute where an artist claimed a teddy bear illustration infringed upon work published by the client. All lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Richard Mandel; Thomas Kjellberg; Richard King

Other key lawyers:

Richard Danna; Eric Shimanoff; William Borchard

Testimonials

‘The depth of experience and understanding of nuance in copyright law is unparalleled.’

‘I have found the attorneys to be extremely responsive and so familiar with the legal issues that their advice is extremely efficient and timely.’

Key clients

Universal Music Group

J. Crew Group

The Promotion in Motion Companies

Sotheby’s

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Trebco Specialty Products

Penguin Random House

Dover Publications

McGraw Hill Education

Practising Law Institute

Norman Rockwell Family Agency

Eli Lilly

Rosen Publishing Group

Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Houghton Mifflin

Harcourt Publishing Company

Sexy Back Bra

The Forward Fund

Ruth’s Hospitality Group

Hanky Panky

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 1

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC's sizeable New York team stands out for its work in the sports, entertainment and retail sectors. The practice group is jointly led by three partners: Jonathan King, a key advisor for well-known brands such as Hershey, DKNY and Major League Baseball, who also has extensive experience before the federal courts and TTAB; Richard Mandel, a seasoned litigator, with further expertise in mediation and arbitration; and Eric Shimanoff, who acts for some of the firm's biggest clients, including Barclays Capital, Sony Pictures and Columbia University. The team is also strong in cross-border enforcement and protection work, recent examples of which saw Meichelle MacGregor advising E-Z Weld Adhesive on actions against counterfeiters in India, and Kieran Doyle acting for QVC in a dispute against German company Quelle regarding similar logos using the letter 'Q'. Deborah Squiers is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan King; Richard Mandel; Eric Shimanoff

Testimonials

‘The team has a keen strategic sense and a thorough understanding of the law. They are responsive, provide practical and useful advice, and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘The litigation team provides practical, business advice to its clients being mindful of the client’s budget. Unnecessary litigation is something the firm’s litigators are mindful of. ‘

‘Work quality and efficiency is exceptional. The results are excellent. It is a very lean firm and the staffing is highly efficient.’

Key clients

Target

Procter & Gamble

Conair Corporation

Ruth’s Hospitality Group

Major League Baseball Properties

J. Crew Group

Madewell

G-III Apparel Group (DKNY andDONNA KARAN)

Universal Music Group

Sony Pictures Entertainment

QVC

The Promotion in Motion Companies

Barclays Bank

Tri StateManagement/WetsonRestaurant Group

Wicked Fashions

Sotheby’s

Empire State Realty Trust

National Audubon Society

The Blackstone Group

Maxima Apparel Corp

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Henry Schein

The Forward Fund

Hanky Panky

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 2

Based in New York, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC's trademarks group attracts praise for its 'keen strategic sense' and 'thorough understanding of the law'. The practice group is headed by Deborah Squiers, who is highly skilled in trademark counseling and prosecution on a global scale. Joel Karni Schmidt is especially active in the areas of hospitality and fashion, and Mary Kevlin manages the trademark portfolios of clients including Major League Baseball. The sizable team also includes trademark licensing specialist Lynn Fruchter and Meichelle MacGregor, who has expertise in domain names and e-commerce issues. Also recommended are Mary Donovan, an expert in international trademark and licensing, and Kieran Doyle, who is active in the nascent marijuana industry. Clients also benefit from the firm's 'Cowan Connect' service, which provides online access to trademark records at all times.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Squiers

Testimonials

‘The team has a keen strategic sense and a thorough understanding of the law.’

‘They are responsive, provide practical and useful advice, and are a pleasure to work with. ‘

 ‘Joel Schmidt stands out for practical, straight forward advice, often coming up with solutions that are unbeatable.’

‘Highly professional, engaged and dedicated to their clients. Cost and time efficient advice, high value strategic solutions, handling and recommendations to us with a complex and diverse offering and business setup.’

‘It’s almost like they are your top dedicated colleagues who want the best of success for the company they work for. They also have a very professional network of other law firms around the globe which has been extremely useful for us.’ 

‘Purposeful and hands-on advise. Joel Karni Schmidt – long term continuous quality and good services.’

‘The firm is professional, prices are reasonable, and service is very personal. Joel Karni-Schmidt, is a most experienced lawyer, very reasonable and pleasant to work with. His advice is much appreciated.’

Key clients

Givewith

Thompson Hotels &Resorts

Sandvik

Columbia University

Curtis Instruments

Cannonball Wine Co.

Major LeagueBaseball Properties

J. Crew Group

Madewell

G-III Apparel Group (DKNY andDONNA KARAN)

The Buckle 7

Sony Pictures Entertainment

QVC

Sunrights

Barclays Bank

Tri StateManagement/WetsonRestaurant Group

Wicked Fashions

JAND (d.b.a. Warby Parker)

Sotheby’s

Empire State Realty Trust

National AudubonSociety

MCSI

The Blackstone Group

Maxima Apparel Corp

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Henry Schein

The Forward Fund

Hanky Panky

Hachette Book Group

Maserati

Alfa Romeo

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Ruth’s Hospitality Group

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman (CLL) is recognized worldwide as a leading intellectual property law and litigation firm. It also represents clients in the areas of corporate and commercial law, information technology, customs, international cargo and regulatory compliance, real estate law, trusts and estates, and military law. The firm’s experience spans a broad range of industries and is international in scope.

The firm’s attorneys are recognized for their professional accomplishments and experience, as well as their pro bono work and community service. They are also respected adjunct professors and prolific authors and represent clients of all sizes across a broad range of industries. The boutique size of the firm, and the breadth of its practice capabilities, allows it to provide a multi-disciplinary approach in a cost-effective manner.

Main areas of practice: CLL works with both in-house corporate law departments and clients who do not have staff attorneys. The practice is both domestic and international, and includes representation of public companies, privately held entities, family-owned businesses, and entrepreneurs. It acts as general counsel or provides special counseling on particular issues, from routine matters to highly sophisticated transactions.

CLL is involved in all aspects of IP law, with key areas of specialization in trademarks, copyrights and patents. Attorneys work closely with clients to develop and protect their IP assets. It is equally well prepared to address routine matters and the most unique transactions and cutting-edge lawsuits.

CLL’s customs, international cargo and regulatory compliance practice is headed by C.J. Erickson.  This group has a satellite office near JFK International Airport, and it advises on all trade matters.  It interacts with US government officials, at agency headquarters and locally, and its attorneys have testified before Congress on pending and proposed legislative and administrative matters, and regularly appear in court on trade matters.

The firm represents both employers and employees in negotiating executive employment contracts. It is often consulted regarding an executive’s rights in terminations, from rights to severance payments to calculation of benefits. It also advises on harassment and discrimination claims, employee reviews and workplace misconduct.

The IT practice group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to IT, computer law, e-commerce, social media, domain names and the internet. Equally important, it understands and is experienced in the business and commercial issues affected by technology. As a result, CLL is able to help clients participate in today’s marketplace like few other firms.

CLL has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. It represents clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and in domain name arbitration actions before the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Forum.

CLL’s military law practice is headed by Ronald Meister, a former Navy JAG officer and military judge who represented hundreds of clients in military justice and legal assistance matters while on active duty.

The firm’s real estate practitioners assist corporate clients as well as meeting the needs of the firm’s private clients. Attorneys bring the same dedication, knowledge and skill to the acquisition of an 800-square-foot co-op as they do to the acquisition and financing of a multi-tenanted commercial building.

From time to time, clients require legal advice and assistance with personal legal issues and transactions. From real estate to tax and matrimonial matters, CLL’s attorneys provide the legal expertise, insight and care that clients have come to expect in their other business relationships with the firm.

CLL combines sophisticated tax planning experience with sensitivity and practical solutions. The focus is on preserving clients’ assets, avoiding family acrimony and, where there are closely held or family-owned businesses, planning for management and ownership continuity and succession.

Department Name Email Telephone
Copyright Jonathan Z King
Customs CJ Erickson
Employment Peter Porcino
General business Simon Gerson
Information technology Peter Porcino
Litigation Ron Meister
Military Ron Meister
Patent Mark Montague
Personal (wills and tax) Robert Giordanella
Trademark Lynn Fruchter
Trademark Debbie Squiers
Number of Partners : 13
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 51
Total Staff : 81
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INTA - International Trademark Association
Chairman : Jonathan Z King
Executive committee member : Joel Karni Schmidt
Counsel : Ronald W Meister