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Davis+Gilbert LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10019
United States

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

The New York-based practice at Davis+Gilbert LLP has a longstanding, established reputation in the market, with the team advising an impressive client base that spans across a wide array of industries. It is particularly active in the emerging technologies and media space, which covers social media, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, metaverse, and AI-related advertising and marketing matters. Beyond that, the firm also has strong capabilities in data and privacy regulatory matters. The group is co-chaired by Ronald Urbach, who has a strong reputation in the market and extensive experience advising agencies, brands, media companies, and consumer-driven businesses on a full range of matters, and Richard Eisert, who has particular expertise handling matters across the technology, advertising and marketing, e-commerce, intellectual property and privacy sectors. Allison Fitzpatrick is noted for her experience in the digital media space, covering social media, influencer marketing and native advertising. Aaron Taylor, associate Louis DiLorenzo, and Paavana Kumar are key names to note in relation to advertising campaign matters, while Samantha Rothaus’s intellectual property experience lends to her expertise in negotiating talent and production agreements. Joseph Lewczak has recently retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Urbach; Richard Eisert


‘Exceptional command of subject matter relevant to clients’ businesses – namely data and privacy regulations and compliance related issues.’  

Richard Eisert is always at the top of his game. He understands our business, has an encyclopaedic recall of past conversations and our historical business issues, and manages to find the ideal balance between business pragmatism and risk insulation.’

‘Ronald Urbach brings tremendous legal, regulatory and pragmatic business experience to any situation involving advertising and marketing related matters. He is a go-to at the firm.’

‘The firm overall has great depth, so there is ample expertise depending on the nature of advice at issue.’

Key clients

Bridgestone Tires

Quantasy + Associates



Fiesta Restaurant Group

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Avocado Mattress

Epson America, Inc.

JM Smuckers

CBS Interactive

Work highlights

  • Advised an advertising agency client on all work related to the development and establishment of their app, and all related advertising, marketing and promotion.
  • Assisted Little Caesars in its launch of various products, which required regulatory review to ensure claims did not run afoul of any FDA or other laws.
  • Advised an advertising agency and its client on a ground-breaking, hybrid campaign that involved an NFT artwork auction paired with a physical prize.

Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 3

New York-based firm Davis+Gilbert LLP employs the experience of its ‘really sharp and knowledgeable team’ to advise household name corporates such as Gordon Ramsay and Little Caesars on the creation, protection, and enforcement of their global copyright portfolios. The team is led by advertising and marketing expert Ronald Urbach, representing clients across the digital media and entertainment, cosmetics, automotive and hospitality industries. Marc J Rachman brings expertise to complex disputes involving music, photo, pictorial, sculptural, and literary works. Veteran IP litigator Guy R Cohen utilizes extensive experience in the IP space to act for corporates across a diverse spectrum of sectors, including media, consumer goods, and retail. Ashima Dayal advises creative professionals, book publishers, authors, filmmakers, and designers, in disputes involving the use of third-party material. Sara Edelman specializes in assisting content creators, advertising agencies, and fashion companies. All the lawyers mentioned work in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Urbach


‘Really sharp and knowledgeable team who will actually give you legal advice that’s in your best interest as opposed to trying to maximize their fees, which has been my experience with many other lawyers in the past.’

‘The team is lean and strong. There is significant involvement by the partners, but the fees are still reasonable. They understand the needs of their clients and are sensitive to providing the best value for their services at a reasonable price.’

‘Marc Rachman puts his clients first. He appreciates when to take a risk and when to save money. He provides practical advice and follows up to assist with compliance where needed.’

Key clients

Gordon Ramsay

Hypixel Studios

Little Caesars

ModTruss, Inc.



International Cosmetics & Perfumes (The House of Creed)

GrubHub Seamless

Merlyn Mind


Work highlights

  • Representing a broadcaster in its claim against a streaming service’s unauthorized and infringing retransmission of copyrighted content.
  • Representing numerous fashion brands in relation to copyright and trademark clearance, including conducting appropriate clearance searches and providing counsel on the availability of fashion designs.
  • Represented a retailer in a copyright infringement action, settling the case on extremely favorable terms.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

Davis+Gilbert LLP operates out of New York with experience in employment and workplace matters across a number of sectors including investments, financial services, construction, fintech and healthcare. The firm is well-versed in advisory, internal investigations and litigation work in relation to harassment and discrimination. The team also advises clients on OSHA related claims, wages and vaccination issues. Gregg Gilman co-heads the practice and represents a number of blue-chip companies such as global investment managers, private funds, real estate and financial services. Other co-head Daniel Feinstein focuses on structuring workplace policies and executive compensation plans. Jessica Golden Cortes assists clients with regulatory compliance and resolves workplace disputes.

Practice head(s):

Gregg Gilman; Daniel Feinstein

Other key lawyers:


‘Dan Feinstein is our most trusted advisor regarding the handling of sensitive terminations and HR matters/investigations. His judgment and practical advice are unmatched in the field.’

Key clients

Turner Construction

Fortress Investment Group

Quartet Health

Global Infrastructures

Rudin Management

Blue Owl Capital

Rockpoint Group

Drive Shack, Inc.

Horizon Media

Travel Leaders Group


Smart AdServer

Cole Haan

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

Based in New York, Davis+Gilbert LLP is known for its niche specialism in the advertising, marketing and promotions as well as ad fraud and brand safety spaces. Gary A Kibel is a key contact for clients operating in digital media, focusing on implementing compliance programs and assisting clients incorporate new concepts into existing infrastructures. Richard Eisert, a specialist on intersecting IP and data privacy matters, advises start-ups and high-profile companies on complex advertising and promotional issues in regulated and cutting-edge areas. Counsel Oriyan Gitig is a key contact for creative agencies and technology companies seeking advice on privacy and data security obligations. Associate Zach Klein is the main contact for data security incident, breach response, false advertising and unfair trade issues. Associate Emily Catron leverages her experience of working in AdTech to navigate agencies and advertisers through evolving privacy laws.

Practice head(s):

Richard Eisert; Gary A Kibel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Vistar Media


Arcspan Media

GPS Trackit

Magellan AI




Actable Data

Ardsley Media


Giant Spoon

Firm Overview: Legal mastery is critical but not enough. Even the best legal strategies must work in tandem with your business realities. Davis+Gilbert’s industry focus and deep insight about the issues that drive your business enable us to provide solutions that make a difference.

Davis+Gilbert’s proactive, business-oriented approach stems from our long history of working with key industries not just as advocates but also as counselors. The firm helped guide the marketing communications ecosystem as it evolved from the early 20th century to today’s world of data, digital and social media. For many years, Davis+Gilbert has successfully applied that same see-around-corners vision and focus to real estate, financial services, hospitality, technology and other service sector industries, becoming the firm of choice for the market leaders of today and tomorrow.

From its base in New York, Davis+Gilbert represents a diverse range of clients across the country and around the world.

Advertising + Marketing: Our firm grew up with the advertising industry, from its earliest beginnings through every stage of its exponential growth. We have been witness to, and a key participant in, the evolution of advertising and marketing law and the remarkable proliferation of related industries that now form the vast marketing ecosystem. From advertising agencies to major brands, from content creators to tech-forward digital platforms, whether our clients are global publicly traded companies or two-person startups, they depend on us to help achieve their business goals, protect their rights and minimize their legal risks.

Benefits + Compensation: Aside from being one of the top expense items on the books, a company’s employee benefits and compensation packages go to the heart of attracting and retaining a strong workforce. That said, these items all operate in a stringent regulatory environment where small mistakes can carry large liabilities.

Our benefits and compensation attorneys understand the business practicalities that drive benefits and compensation issues and decisions. Our clients count on us to design and implement plans that strike the right balance of compliance, cost and administrative ease.

Corporate + Transactions: For companies of all sizes and across all industries, effective growth strategies are a key driver of success in the marketplace. Our transactional attorneys get deeply involved in understanding the business and strategic thinking of our clients, and we take a pragmatic yet long-term approach to determining how we can best support their growth. From early-stage start-ups to global Fortune 100 companies, our attorneys tend to the full range of our clients’ corporate, financial and transactional needs.

Insolvency + Finance: The last financial crisis shined a harsh light on the legal exposure of lenders, loan servicers, sponsors and trustees, when investors and other participants in the credit markets incurred losses. The collapse of the subprime mortgage securitization market, in particular, brought a wave of litigation — by investors and deal counterparties claiming contractual breaches and outright fraud — that continues to this day. This litigation has created a roadmap for new plaintiffs to follow, escalating the stakes for defendants.

Our attorneys have been actively representing participants in the credit markets and the litigation they face, gaining deep experience in protecting and enforcing their rights at each stage of a market’s evolution.

Intellectual Property + Media: For companies in a number of dynamic industries — particularly media, entertainment and sports — constant change is a given. As the lines between these fields continue to converge and cross, new legal challenges arise, especially in intellectual property law.

Our intellectual property and media practice has for decades been on the front line of the seismic shift from traditional to digital media, and we are amply equipped to help clients address intellectual property challenges in ways both conventional and innovative. Companies look to us to understand their brands, prioritize their concerns and help them navigate the legal and regulatory risks they face in markets that are constantly redefining themselves.

Labor + Employment: For companies where employees and their talents are by far the most important assets, the business ramifications of labor and employment law hold special weight. Our labor and employment attorneys are uniquely attuned to the practical aspects of managing and retaining essential employees. We serve as primary employment counsel for businesses throughout the United States in various industries tending to the day-to-day legal aspects of their employee relations.

Litigation + Dispute Resolution: The most complex and hardest-fought legal cases tend to center around people, their ideas, their contracts or their workplaces. These disputes frequently involve the movement of talent between competitors, workplace claims, the ownership of intellectual property, false and deceptive marketing practices, the rights and responsibilities of the parties to corporate transactions and controversies over commercial leasing. Our litigation and disputes attorneys handle matters in all of these areas. We assess risk, secure favorable resolutions, and forcefully pursue our clients’ interests through trial and appeals. Our clients include major players in the marketing communications, e-commerce, financial services, hospitality and commercial leasing sectors. We also represent prominent advertisers, agencies and their brands.

Privacy + Data Security: The increasingly intertwined concerns of privacy and data security continue to cast a long shadow over the business models of companies in nearly every industry. Both concerns carry considerable risk — legal, financial and reputational — but with proper attention to the statutory and contractual requirements that underlie and inform the risk, they can be turned to competitive advantage.

Our attorneys represent data-driven businesses of all kinds, with particular strengths in the areas of digital media, marketing, ad tech and e-commerce. We work with clients from many industries — including retail, media, healthcare, finance and a broad array of technology businesses — to identify and address the compliance risks associated with data flowing in and out of their organizations. Given our deep understanding of these industries, we advise clients regarding best practices, assess their associated contracts, prevent and respond to data breaches, and defend them in litigation and enforcement actions.

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: Our real estate lawyers represent tenants and landlords, as well as buyers and sellers of all sizes, at every stage in the real estate life cycle. Long dominant in the fast-paced New York City real estate market, we have become a key player in national markets as our clients’ interests have expanded. Our reputation for toughness and fairness has earned repeat business from sophisticated clients that value a win-win deal where all parties get what they need.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising + Marketing Ronald Urbach
Advertising + Marketing Richard Eisert
Benefits + Compensation Mark Bokert
Benefits + Compensation Alan Hahn
Corporate + Transactions Brad Schwartzberg
Corporate + Transactions Curt Myers
Privacy + Data Security Ronald Urbach
Insolvency + Finance Joseph Cioffi
Intellectual Property + Media 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