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

Davis+Gilbert LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: transactional and regulatory Tier 1

Davis+Gilbert LLP stands out for the size and specialization of its team, which is active across the spectrum of marketing, advertising and promotions work. Its core clients include major brands and advertising agencies, with a specific focus on the retail, hospitality and TMT sectors. Practice co-chair Ronald Urbach is a key figure in this area, routinely acting for clients in high-stakes matters involving the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Advertising Division (NAD). Fellow practice head Richard Eisert also specializes in regulatory matters, and has developed a strong reputation in the online advertising and e-commerce space. New media is also a strength of Allison Fitzpatrick, who has been advising clients on increasingly relevant areas such as influencer marketing and native advertising. Joseph Lewczak, formerly in-house counsel at EMI, is recommended for matters in the entertainment sector.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Urbach; Richard Eisert

Other key lawyers:

Allison Fitzpatrick; Joseph Lewczak; Howard Weingrad

Key clients


Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

CBS Interactive

SoundHound Inc.

Coty, Inc.

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc

Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

Epson America, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group


JM Smuckers

Avocado Mattress

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

Based in New York, Davis+Gilbert LLP is recognized in this space for its advice on domestic and international copyright matters, from litigation to multi-jurisdictional commercial initiatives. The team provides assistance to advertising agencies, marketers, digital media, and content producers, and has an extensive client list in publishing, media, entertainment, tech, and academia. It has also been increasingly active in copyright matters relating to social media posts and graffiti art. Key figures in the team include IP group chair Ronald Urbach; Sara Edelman, who is highly regarded for her work on fashion-related IP matters; IP litigator Guy Cohen, who has expertise in copyright infringement lawsuits; and Ashima Dayal, a name to note for copyright takedowns.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Urbach

Other key lawyers:

Sara Edelman; Guy Cohen; Marc Rachman; Ashima Dayal

Key clients


Gordon Ramsay

International Cosmetics & Perfumes (The House of Creed)

Little Caesars

ZoCo Productions (The Dr. Oz Show)


Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

McKinney Ventures

GrubHub Seamless

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 3

Led by New-York based Gary Kibel and Richard EisertDavis+Gilbert LLP provides comprehensive data protection advice to a range of media companies and other data-driven businesses. Its service provision in this regard is the result of a cross-practice effort drawing on expertise from its benefits and compensation, digital media, technology and privacy, labor and employment and litigation teams. The team assists clients with a range of breach-related issues, from consumer notification and public relations through to forensic investigations and regulatory responses. Oriyan Gitig is another contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Eisert; Gary Kibel

Other key lawyers:

Oriyan Gitig

Key clients

Vistar Media


Arcspan Media


Actable Data

Ardsley Media




Giant Spoon

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

The New York-based group of Davis+Gilbert LLP regularly handles internal investigations, retaliation work, discrimination issues and employee retention matters, for a client portfolio including companies from the transportation, real estate, financial services, fashion, publishing and hospitality industries. The team is also instructed on workplace training issues and compliance mandates. Gregg Gilman, who handles restrictive covenant work, and 'excellent communicatorDaniel Feinstein jointly lead the practice, which includes Jessica Golden Cortes, who combines counseling and litigation experience. Other names to note include Shira FrancoJason Pruzansky and 'invaluable' associate Sharon Cohen.

Practice head(s):

Gregg Gilman; Daniel Feinstein

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Golden Cortes; Shira Franco; Jason Pruzansky; Sharon Cohen; Judith Kong


‘The Davis+Gilbert team is very attentive to the needs of their clients, they are very good at describing complex matters in simple terms that allow management to make good decisions.’

‘Gregg Gilman is the team leader/quarterback and always points us in the right direction. He also has so much experience dealing with virtually every issue that nothing stumps him.’

‘Sharon Cohen has been invaluable in helping us with the myriad federal, state and local leave laws.’

‘Strong team.’

‘Dan Feinstein always puts my company’s best interests first and that is how he consistently has guided us through many difficult situations over the years.’

‘The Davis+Gilbert labor & employment practice is extremely knowledgeable, practical and responsive. I can always count on them for helpful, timely advice. Also, they understand our business very well and tailor advice to the needs of our business.’

‘Gregg Gilman is a lawyer whom business people love to call and always appreciate his advice.’

‘They are quick to respond and provide guidance. They understand our business fully and take the time to learn about us. The team does not provide more than requested, nor do they “overlawyer”.’

‘The team is incredibly responsive and available for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We relied on Davis+Gilbert more this year than in any other year because of COVID and all of the related issues. We couldn’t have made it through the year without them!’

‘They are cutting edge on all legal matters and will be proactive in bringing their expertise forward even before other law firms have figured things out.’

‘Gregg Gilman, Jason Pruzansky, and Shira Franco are always readily available for emergencies that occur and need immediate attention.’

‘Daniel Feinstein is one of the best law firm partners I have worked with across all firms and subject matter areas. He is extremely knowledgeable and practical and he’s an excellent communicator, as it relates to our internal legal staff as well as non legal business people. Dan is very responsive and dependable. He understands the needs of the business and provides helpful executable advice. Our HR management relies on Dan to advise on tricky or complex labor relations or benefits questions.’

Key clients

Turner Construction

Fortress Investment Group

Angelo Gordon

Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Apax Partners

Rockpoint Group

Drive Shack, Inc.

Horizon Media

Beacway Operating, LLC (Beacon Hotel)

HC2 Holdings

Firm Overview: Davis+Gilbert LLP is a strategically focused, full-service law firm of over 125 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.

Corporate: 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, financiers, 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).

Litigation: 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.

Tax: 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 + Promotions Ronald Urbach
Advertising, Marketing + Promotions Richard Eisert
Benefits + Compensation Mark Bokert
Benefits + Compensation Alan Hahn
Corporate Brad Schwartzberg
Corporate Curt Myers
Digital Media, Technology + Privacy Ronald Urbach
Entertainment, Media + Sports Ronald Urbach
Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights + Financial Products Joseph Cioffi
Intellectual Property Ronald Urbach
Labor + Employment Gregg Gilman
Labor + Employment Daniel Feinstein
Litigation Michael Lasky
Litigation Neal Klausner
Private Client Services Alan Kroll
Real Estate Robert Karin
Real Estate Mark Maltz
Real Estate Donald Sonnenborn
Taxation Stephen Foley
Taxation Brian Gallagher
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gregg Brochin  photo Mr Gregg Brochin Partner
Mr Guy Cohen photo Mr Guy Cohen Partner
Ms Sharon Cohen  photo Ms Sharon Cohen Associate
Ms Jessica Golden Cortes  photo Ms Jessica Golden Cortes Partner
Ms Ashima Dayal  photo Ms Ashima Dayal Partner
Mr Louis DiLorenzo photo Mr Louis DiLorenzo Associate
Ms Sara Edelman  photo Ms Sara Edelman Partner
Mr Richard Eisert photo Mr Richard Eisert Partner/Co-Chair
Mr Daniel Feinstein photo Mr Daniel Feinstein Partner/Co-Chair
Mr David Fisher  photo Mr David Fisher Counsel
Ms Allison Fitzpatrick  photo Ms Allison Fitzpatrick Partner
Ms Shira Franco  photo Ms Shira Franco Partner
Mr Gregg Gilman photo Mr Gregg Gilman Partner/Co-Chair
Ms Oriyan Gitig  photo Ms Oriyan Gitig Counsel
Mr James Johnston photo Mr James Johnston Partner
Mr Robert Karin photo Mr Robert Karin Partner/Co-Chair
Mr Jeffrey Katz  photo Mr Jeffrey Katz Partner
Mr Gary Kibel photo Mr Gary Kibel Partner
Ms Judith Kong  photo Ms Judith Kong Associate
Ms Paavana Kumar  photo Ms Paavana Kumar Associate
Mr Joseph Lewczak photo Mr Joseph Lewczak Partner
Mr Mark Maltz  photo Mr Mark Maltz Partner/Co-Chair
Mr Jason Pruzansky  photo Mr Jason Pruzansky Partner
Mr Marc Rachman photo Mr Marc Rachman Partner
Ms Samantha Rothaus  photo Ms Samantha Rothaus Associate
Mr Howard Rubin photo Mr Howard Rubin Partner
Ms Jacklyn Siegel  photo Ms Jacklyn Siegel Counsel
Mr Donald Sonnenborn photo Mr Donald Sonnenborn Partner/Co-Chair
Mr Aaron Taylor  photo Mr Aaron Taylor Partner
Mr Gerald Uram photo Mr Gerald Uram Partner
Mr Ronald Urbach photo Mr Ronald Urbach Chairman/Co-Chair
Mr Howard Weingrad photo Mr Howard Weingrad Partner