Firm Profile > Davis & Gilbert LLP > New York, United States

Davis & Gilbert LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

Advertising and marketing: transactional Tier 1

Clients consider Davis & Gilbert LLP 'unique amongst law firms in its understanding of the advertising and technology space'. The New York-based advertising, marketing and promotions practice offers 'succinct, on-point, advice in a timely manner'. The team is 'knowledgeable, professional and accommodating' and provides 'a full suite of legal services' for its advertiser, brand and agency clients. It recently successfully represented Benefit Cosmetics before the National Advertising Division (NAD) in a challenge of an advertiser’s substantiation for mascara volume claims. Other work highlights include advising a leading global creative agency on the creation, development and implementation of an interactive social change campaign in a matter led by Howard R Weingrad, and Allison Fitzpatrick and associate Rohini Gokhale's coordination of a global review for 2K Games in relation to two competitions offering substantial cash prizes. 'True expert' Ronald Urbach and Richard Eisert, who attracts praise for his 'strong grasp of the regulatory background', jointly head the group, which 'never misses a step to remain ahead of the concerns and how to educate their clients'. Other names to note include Joseph Lewczak, the ‘brilliantAshima Dayal and Aaron TaylorVejay Lalla left for Fenwick & West LLP.

Copyright Tier 3

The 'smart', 'responsive' and 'reliable' Davis & Gilbert LLP regularly represents clients on contentious issues in areas such as advertising, television, music, photography and digital media. Guy Cohen is a key figure and advised the online viral content company Brainjolt in a dispute against its competitor Distractify concerning the latter's infringement in its use of memes and articles. He also acted for Saratoga Films, which took action against a UK-based film distributor which distributed the company's film Bloodsucking Pharaohs in Pittsburgh without a license. Marc Rachman is 'an exceptionally skilled lawyer' and notably strong in the advertising and entertainment industry, as is Ashima Dayal, who is also experienced in infringement cases regarding choreography. Also recommended is Sara Edelman, who is particularly strong in fashion-related cases.

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

The ‘very accomplished and expertRichard Eisert and Gary Kibel head Davis & Gilbert LLP’s New York-based practice. The team is well known for advising clients with ‘intelligence, confidence and clarity’, particularly on data privacy and security issues related to advertising, marketing and sales promotion law. Highlights included assisting a number of advertising agencies and brands with reviewing their ad tracking activities and promotions in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). Counsel Oriyan Gitig, who assists clients with new media, technology and software development, licensing, advertising and intellectual property, ‘exemplifies what an attorney and a professional should be’.

Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

At Davis & Gilbert LLP, the lawyers' 'breadth of knowledge across all areas of employment law makes them an indispensable resource’. The team, which is jointly led by Gregg Gilman and Howard Rubin, has a strong track record in the service industries and regularly advises on matters relating to harassment investigations, discrimination, retaliation, and employee classification. The ‘extremely knowledgeable, proactive and thoroughJessica Golden Cortes was engaged by the City of New York to conduct workplace anti-harassment training for members of the city council. The client portfolio further includes Turner Construction, Fortress Investment and BNP Paribas. Shira Franco is a ‘gold-star employment counsel’, while Gregg Brochin is praised for ‘his advice but also his humanity in trying to find win-win outcomes’. Other names to note are the ‘outstanding’ counsel David Fisher and the ‘excellentDaniel Feinstein. Jason Pruzansky is another key contact of the New York-based team.

Firm Overview:
Davis & Gilbert LLP is a strategically focused, full-service law firm of over 130 lawyers with a domestic and international client base that includes advertising and marketing agencies of all types and sizes; major brands and advertisers of products and services; media, technology, financial services and real estate companies, as well as private individuals and non-profits.

Main Areas of Practice:

Advertising, Marketing & Promotions:
Davis & Gilbert has over 30 lawyers dedicated to all aspects of law governing the creation, production and distribution of advertising, marketing and promotional materials across all forms of media. As market leaders in this area, this group counsels the world’s leading advertising, marketing, digital, technology and media companies, including many of the top global brands, on advertising, marketing, entertainment, intellectual property, interactive, integrated and traditional media, sales promotion, direct marketing, public relations and licensing matters.

Benefits & Compensation:
The firm’s benefits and compensation practice helps clients attract, retain and reward employees through creative, unique and tax-advantaged compensation and benefit programs. The group represents employers of all types, including large publicly-held corporations, private mid-size companies, family-owned businesses, partnerships, tax-exempt entities and start-ups.

Davis & Gilbert’s corporate practice handles a wide array of commercial transactions, including M&A deals, divestitures, restructurings and financings for a broad range of clients. The group helps clients with debt and equity financings and securities offerings, corporate governance, and SEC compliance, as well as with drafting shareholder, LLC operating, employment and consulting, non-competition and confidentiality and licensing agreements.

Digital Media, Technology & Privacy:
Davis & Gilbert assists clients in the development, marketing, distribution, licensing and protection of some of the most advanced interactive advertising, programmatic, marketing, promotion, gaming, and entertainment related products, services and systems. The group has extensive experience advising on legal requirements and best practices for businesses at the intersection of data, technology and media, including critical issues related to data collection, privacy and security.

Entertainment, Media & Sports:
Davis & Gilbert’s entertainment, media and sports practice covers all areas of entertainment and sports-related law, including the financing, development, production and distribution of entertainment content and sports ventures. Sponsors, advertisers, athletes, entertainers, leagues, teams and unions, financers, investors, vendors, and suppliers all rely on the firm’s experience in the areas of law that impact the entertainment and sports industries.

Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products:
The firm’s insolvency, creditors’ rights and financial products practice is a multidisciplinary group handling a range of corporate finance, insolvency and litigation matters, including those involving complex financial instruments. The group regularly counsels clients through financially distressed situations and helps formulate and execute creditor enforcement strategies, including foreclosure actions under the UCC.

Intellectual Property:
Davis & Gilbert routinely handles all issues relating to the creation, protection, and use of intellectual property, including domestic and international trademarks, false advertising, copyright, licensing, right of publicity and other protections. The firm’s IP lawyers establish strategies to preserve their clients’ rights and protect them against infringement, dilutions and misappropriation of trademarks, trade dress, copyrights and domain names.

Labor & Employment:
Davis & Gilbert advises employers of all sizes on all compliance and regulatory issues governing the workplace. The firm’s labor and employment lawyers assist clients with investigations; training and compliance issues and traditional labor matters; as well as counseling on and defending against wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, or whistleblower claims (both individual and class action, and before the courts or the EEOC).

Lawyers in Davis & Gilbert’s litigation practice have argued cases in jurisdictions throughout the country. The firm’s litigators handle a wide range of commercial matters, including contract disputes, restrictive covenants, employment issues, trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, consumer class actions, financial services industry litigation and real estate disputes, as well as government investigations and regulatory matters.

Private Client Services:
Davis & Gilbert’s private client services practice counsels business owners, executives, hedge fund principals and other successful individuals and families in a variety of issues impacting their personal and business decisions, including business succession issues, estate planning, charitable giving and trust and estate administration.

Real Estate:
Davis & Gilbert’s real estate practice represents clients across the country in matters involving ownership, leasing, conveyancing and financing of properties for commercial, retail, development, investment and residential use. The group represents international banks, financial services companies, investment firms, law firms and major advertising agencies in the leasing of their corporate headquarters and branch offices. The group also includes a highly-regarded retail leasing practice, handling leases of all sizes on behalf of the world’s most recognized retail brands.

Davis & Gilbert’s taxation practice provides tax advice related to structuring and negotiating a variety of transactions. The group advises domestic and international corporate entities both public and private, limited liability companies and tax-exempt organizations, and partnership groups, as well as parties involved in project finance transactions, real estate ventures and succession planning transactions.


Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising, Marketing and Promotions Ronald R Urbach
Advertising, Marketing and Promotions Richard S Eisert
Benefits and Compensation Mark E Bokert
Benefits and Compensation Alan Hahn
Corporate Brad Schwartzberg
Corporate Curt Myers
Digital Media, Technology and Privacy Ronald R Urbach
Entertainment, Media and Sports Ronald R Urbach
Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights and Financial Products Joseph Cioffi
Intellectual Property Jeffrey C Katz
Intellectual Property Ronald R Urbach
Labor and Employment Gregg A Gilman
Labor and Employment Howard J Rubin
Litigation Michael C Lasky
Litigation Neal H Klausner
Private client services Alan D Kroll
Real estate Robert Karin
Real estate Mark E Maltz
Real estate Donald E Sonnenborn
Taxation Stephen Foley
Taxation Brian Gallagher
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gregg Brochin  photo Mr Gregg Brochin
Mr Guy R Cohen  photo Mr Guy R Cohen
Ms Jessica Golden Cortes  photo Ms Jessica Golden Cortes
Ms Ashima Dayal  photo Ms Ashima Dayal
Ms Sara Edelman  photo Ms Sara Edelman
Mr Richard S Eisert  photo Mr Richard S Eisert
Mr Daniel A Feinstein  photo Mr Daniel A Feinstein
Mr David Fisher  photo Mr David Fisher
Ms Allison Fitzpatrick  photo Ms Allison Fitzpatrick
Ms Shira Franco  photo Ms Shira Franco
Mr Gregg A Gilman  photo Mr Gregg A Gilman
Ms Oriyan Gitig  photo Ms Oriyan Gitig
Ms Rohini Gokhale  photo Ms Rohini Gokhale
 Alan Hahn  photo Alan Hahn
Mr James L Johnston  photo Mr James L Johnston
Mr Robert A Karin  photo Mr Robert A Karin
Mr Jeffrey Katz  photo Mr Jeffrey Katz
Mr Gary A Kibel  photo Mr Gary A Kibel
Mr Joseph J Lewczak  photo Mr Joseph J Lewczak
Mr Mark Maltz  photo Mr Mark Maltz
Mr Jason Pruzansky  photo Mr Jason Pruzansky
Mr Marc J Rachman  photo Mr Marc J Rachman
Mr Howard J Rubin  photo Mr Howard J Rubin
Mr Donald E Sonnenborn  photo Mr Donald E Sonnenborn
Mr Aaron Taylor  photo Mr Aaron Taylor
Mr Gerald R Uram  photo Mr Gerald R Uram
Mr Ronald R Urbach  photo Mr Ronald R Urbach
Mr Howard R Weingrad  photo Mr Howard R Weingrad
Chairman : Ronald R Urbach (+1 212 468 4824;
Chief Operating Partner : Lewis A Rubin (+1 212 468 4801;