Mr Jonathan Reichman > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10004-1007
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property; Trademarks




Jonathan has over 30 years’ experience in litigation, licensing and counseling matters in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and right of publicity law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry. World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes him as a leader in trademark matters and notes that he has “specific expertise in protecting rights related to fictional characters” (2016). He is ranked in New York by Chambers & Partners USA in the area of “Intellectual Property: Trademark & Copyright” (2014, 2016-2017). In addition, Jonathan has been recognized as a leading intellectual property lawyer by New York Super Lawyers (2016). He is also recognized in the area of copyright law by The US Legal 500 (2016-2017) and U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers (2015).

A major aspect of Jonathan’s practice involves the protection, defense, enforcement, licensing and exploitation of rights vested in fictional characters. He has handled complex issues concerning such characters and properties as Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman, Batman, Barbie, Babar the Elephant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teletubbies, The Berenstain Bears, Inspector Gadget, Franklin The Turtle, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Mr. Bill and The Woodstock Festivals.

Jonathan also represents the estates of well-known entertainers, authors and artists. He has handled copyright, right of publicity, and trademark matters for such estates as Joseph Campbell, Mary McCarthy, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Rube Goldberg, W.C. Fields and Abbott & Costello.

In 2014, he served as an advisor to the New Jersey State Senate in connection with Senate Bill No. S2212 (“The Commercial Identity Protect Act”).

Jonathan is a member of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal and The Licensing Journal. He has written on copyright, trademark and publicity law topics, and lectured for such organizations as The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Columbia University School of Law, Columbia University School of Fine Arts, The New School for Social Research, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Institute for International Research. He has taught entertainment licensing as an adjunct professor at New York Law School, and has been interviewed by such prominent media outlets as The New York Times, Dateline NBC and New York Newsday. He has been a regular commentator on copyright and trademark law topics for the NPR radio program “Soundcheck.”


English; Yiddish


  • Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A., member and former trustee
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Committee
  • Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal and The Licensing Journal, Advisory Board


  • JD, 1980, Stanford Law School
  • BA, 1977, magna cum laude, Haverford College, Phi Beta Kappa

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has expertise in both copyright counseling and litigation, particularly within the gaming, publishing and entertainment industries. Leading the team are Houston-based Jeff Dodd and Edward Colbert in Washington DC. Dodd is particularly skilled in transactional matters, whereas Colbert works on litigation and licensing issues. Other key figures include the New York-based litigators Jonathan Reichman and James Rosini.