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

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 1

The powerhouse team at boutique New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC remains a market leader, representing major multinational clients involved in high-value copyright prosecution and litigation across a broad span of industries. The practice is headed by Jonathan King, who manages complex disputes involving clients in the music and music publishing sectors with clients including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Capitol Records, along with Thomas Kjellberg and Richard Mandel. Richard Dannay brings expertise to advising major book publishing clients such as Penguin Random House, navigating issues concerning fair use. Eric Shimanoff brings a long track record of experience acting at the state and federal levels, and in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and UDRP panels, on behalf of clients in the cosmetics, fashion, financial services, food and entertainment industries.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Universal Music Group

J. Crew Group, Inc.

The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc.

Sotheby’s

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Trebco Specialty Products (WUBBANUB)

Penguin Random House LLC

Dover Publications Inc.

McGraw Hill Education

Practising Law Institute

Norman Rockwell Family Agency

Eli Lilly

Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Sexy Back Bra, LLC

The Forward Fund, Inc.

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.

Hanky Panky Ltd

Universal Music Group

J. Crew Group, Inc.

The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc.

Sotheby’s

The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Trebco Specialty Products (WUBBANUB)

Penguin Random House LLC

Dover Publications Inc.

McGraw Hill Education

Practising Law Institute

Norman Rockwell Family Agency

Eli Lilly

Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Sexy Back Bra, LLC

The Forward Fund, Inc.

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.

Hanky Panky Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing UMG Recordings, Inc. against a class action in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging that the the defendants have routinely and systematically refused to recognize termination notices served under US copyright law.
  • Represented the holder of the intellectual property rights for all works used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, resulting in the defendant’s withdrawal of an unauthorized recording from the marketplace.
  • Represented UMG Recordings, Inc. in the obtainment of a dismissal for failure to name the recording artist named Melii as a party in a case in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, where the plaintiff sought a declaration that they were entitled to Melii’s exclusive recording services and damages for the client’s release of her recordings.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

The experienced team at boutique New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC continues to safeguard the portfolios of major global brands such as J. Crew, Universal Music Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment throughout national and international court litigations, trademark office and domain name enforcement matters. Richard Mandel heads the practice, representing TV and film, music, fashion, food and tobacco clients in trademark disputes before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He works closely with firm chair Jonathan King, who brings to the practice over 30 years of trademark litigation experience. Eric Shimanoff manages trade dress infringement cases across the financial services, manufacturing and information services sectors. Mary Kevlin acts for Major League Baseball in opposition and cancellation proceedings with Maryann Licciardi, who also handles complex domain name disputes. Joelle A. Milov was promoted to special counsel in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Brilliant lawyers. They understand the client’s needs perfectly and give a quick and very professional and flexible response to their client’s needs.’

‘The partner responsible for the matters is Robert J. English. He is very knowledgeable about intellectual property, flexible and quick to respond. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘CLL has a very strong and capable team. They are quick to respond to queries and follow up diligently on their files.’

‘CLL provide a very experienced and professional TM litigation support which has proven to be very effective.’

‘Joel Schmidt – fantastic lawyer!’

‘I have worked with Cowan, Leibowitz & Latman, P.C. for decades and have, over the years, always found the firm’s lawyers and other legal professionals to be practical, economical and business savvy. In cases where settlements are possible, their lawyers will always foster settlement. However, in cases where they have to litigate hard, they do. Moreover, the time given to each matter is ample despite their busy schedules. I’ve always found that they make clients feel special and, often, the feeling is that my matter is the only matter they are handling because of the constant care given to it. This is rare in law firm partners.’

‘The team of Richard Mandel, Jonathan King and Eric Shimanoff is deadly. Each of them are very smart, business savvy and know practice and procedure in not only New York but even other jurisdictions.’

‘Cowan is practical, commercial and thoughtful in their advice. They provide easy-to-implement advice that takes our business goals into consideration.’

Key clients

Major League Baseball

J. Crew Group, Inc. and Madewell Inc.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (DKNY and DONNA KARAN)

Universal Music Group

Sony Pictures Entertainment

QVC, Inc.

The Promotion in Motion Companies, Inc.

Barclays Bank PLC

Target

Conair Corporation

Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.

Tri State Management/Wetson Restaurant Group

Wicked Fashions, Inc.

Warby Parker Inc.

Sotheby’s

Empire State Realty Trust

National Audubon Society

MCSI, Inc.

The Blackstone Group

Maxima Apparel Corp

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Henry Schein, Inc.

The Forward Fund, Inc.

Hanky Panky Ltd.

S&P Global / Standard & Poor’s Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Represented a vehicle finance company as co-counsel on a successful appeal to the Third Circuit, which reversed a judgment against the client for over $10m.
  • Representing a food manufacturer in an appeal to the Third Circuit of a cancellation of the client’s U.S. registrations of trademarks which the petitioner, a major multinational, has used in India but not in the U.S.
  • Represented an entertainment company in the successful opposition of an application.

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

With its experienced team, New York firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC specializes in the registration, maintenance and enforcement of the portfolios of major global brands such as Barclays Bank, Sony Pictures, Maserati and Major League Baseball. The team is headed by counselling and prosecution expert Deborah Squiers, whose client base spans the entertainment, financial services, food and restaurant sectors. The group is supported by trademark law authority William Borchard and Joel Karni Schmidt, who acts for start-ups, fashion and lifestyle companies, and video game design companies. In addition, Kieran Doyle brings expertise to clients in the publishing, footwear and medical marijuana areas. Robert English manages complex international enforcement matters for clients in the craft beer, software, apparel, advertising, and beauty industries. In January 2022, Jeffrey Chery, who handles domestic and international enforcement issues, was promoted to partner, and Joelle A. Milov, who specializes in domain name disputes, was appointed counsel.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team at Cowan provides exceptional service and they are fast responsive. They provide the services fast, without losing the quality of work.’

‘Robert English and Jeffrey Chery are exceptional attorneys that have managed our cases throughtout the years. They understand the clients’ needs and market and find the best solution within an actual scenario, providing achievable and realistic results.’

‘I have worked closely with Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman’s team for many years and they have provided excellent service to me and my clients. They are very professional, knowledgeable and responsive. They provide good advice, solve problems and are very responsive.’

‘Joel Karni Schmidt has been advising and assisting my clients with trademark filing and prosecution for the past 15 years. I worked closely with Joel on multiple matters and he is an excellent attorney. He is very efficient, always recommends the best and most cost-effective approach, is extremely experienced and thus knows how to solve the problems, and just as important – he is very nice and pleasant to work with.’

‘Joel Schmidt is a well-natured, calm and yet astute professional who treats small as well as big issues with the appropriate importance and utmost of professionalism.’

‘Trademark prosecution is, in my opinion, one of the strongest points of the firm. The team is well-structured with attorneys and paralegals, the attention to detail is noteworthy, the responses are timely and well-thought out and the all-round training of lawyers ensures that a matter is analyzed from all angles, not just prosecution.’

Key clients

S&P Global / Standard & Poor’s Financial Services

Thompson Hotels LLC (owned by Hyatt Hotels Corporation)

Sandvik AB

Columbia University

Curtis Instruments, Inc.

Share a Splash Wine Co. (CANNONBALL)

Major League Baseball

J. Crew Group, Inc. and Madewell Inc.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (DKNY and DONNA KARAN)

Buckle Brands, Inc.

Sony Pictures Entertainment

QVC, Inc. (now part of Qurate Retail Inc.)

Barclays Bank PLC

Tri State Management/Wetson Restaurant Group

S&P Global / Standard & Poor’s Financial Services

Thompson Hotels LLC (owned by Hyatt Hotels Corporation)

Sandvik AB

Columbia University

Curtis Instruments, Inc.

Share a Splash Wine Co. (CANNONBALL)

Major League Baseball

J. Crew Group, Inc. and Madewell Inc.

G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. (DKNY and DONNA KARAN)

Buckle Brands, Inc.

Sony Pictures Entertainment

QVC, Inc. (now part of Qurate Retail Inc.)

Barclays Bank PLC

Tri State Management/Wetson Restaurant Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs in the United States on registering, maintaining, and enforcing their trademark portfolios.
  • Advising S&P Global, Inc. / Standard & Poor’s Financial Services on the management and enforcement of a portfolio of approximately 2,500 applications and registrations, and over 125 oppositions and cancellations and trademark litigations in the U.S. as well as in other countries throughout the world through local counsel under our supervision.
  • Representing G-III Apparel Group, Ltd in the management of the large portfolio of registrations and applications for the famous marks DKNY and DONNA KARAN in the U.S. as well as in other countries throughout the world.

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, advertising and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Customs CJ Erickson
Employment Peter Porcino
General business Simon Gerson
Military Ron Meister
Patent Mark Montague
Personal (wills and tax) Robert Giordanella
Trademark Debbie Squiers
Chair of Firm Jonathan Z. King
Litigation Richard Mandel
Advertising Adam Siegartel
Copyright Thomas Kjellberg
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mr William Borchard photo Mr William BorchardCounsel. Advises and represents clients as to domestic and international trademark, domain…
Mr Richard Dannay photo Mr Richard DannayCounsel. A litigator and practitioner in the areas of copyright, publishing and…
Mr Kieran Doyle photo Mr Kieran DoylePartner.  Kieran counsels clients regarding trademark clearance, registration, prosecution, licensing and protection.…
Mr Robert English photo Mr Robert EnglishPartner.  Bob’s practice focuses on domestic and international trademark prosecution and enforcement matters.…
Mr Jeffrey Epstein photo Mr Jeffrey EpsteinPartner.  Jeff concentrates on domestic and international trademark law, including practicing before…
Mr C. J. Erickson photo Mr C. J. EricksonPartner.  Head of the Customs, International Cargo and Regulatory Compliance Group C.J.…
Mr Simon Gerson photo Mr Simon GersonCounsel.  Simon has more than 30 years of experience counseling and attending…
Mr Robert Giordanella photo Mr Robert GiordanellaPartner.  Bob concentrates on succession planning and estate and trust administration. He…
Mr Morton Goldberg photo Mr Morton GoldbergCounsel.  Mort is known for his expertise in copyright, trademark and related…
Ms Kyle-Beth Hilfer photo Ms Kyle-Beth HilferCounsel.  Kyle-Beth Hilfer has over thirty years’ experience providing legal counsel to…
Mr J. Christopher Jensen photo Mr J. Christopher JensenCounsel.  Chris is a senior member of the firm’s litigation group. His…
Ms Mary Kevlin photo Ms Mary KevlinPartner. concentrates on all facets of trademark, copyright and unfair competition law.
Mr Jonathan King photo Mr Jonathan KingMr. King is Chairman of the Firm. He has handled intellectual property…
Ms Maryann Licciardi photo Ms Maryann LicciardiPartner. Maryann’s practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and copyright matters,…
Ms Meichelle MacGregor photo Ms Meichelle MacGregorCounsel.  Meichelle’s practice consists of counseling clients on all types of intellectual…
Mr Ronald Meister photo Mr Ronald MeisterCounsel.  Mr. Meister has successfully litigated cases ranging from a criminal antitrust…
Mr Mark Montague photo Mr Mark MontaguePartner.   Mark is head of the firm’s patent group. Mark is…
Mr Adam Siegartel photo Mr Adam SiegartelCounsel. St. John’s University School of Law (JD 2003, cum laude) (CALI Award for…
Ms Dorothy Whitney photo Ms Dorothy WhitneyCounsel.  Dorothy brings her talents as a lawyer to many fields. She…
Ms Anastasia Zhadina photo Ms Anastasia ZhadinaPartner.  Anastasia concentrates on patent and trademark counseling, patent preparation and prosecution…
Number of Partners : 13
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 41
Total Staff : 90
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AIPLA
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INTA - International Trademark Association
Chairman : Jonathan Z King
Executive committee member : Joel Karni Schmidt
Counsel : J. Christopher Jensen