A.B., Harvard College; J.D., Harvard Law School
Current practice exclusively devoted to service as mediator and arbitrator. Career devoted to litigating complex business disputes in federal and state courts at trail and appellate levels and in ADR forums throughout the country. Partner at Reed Smith LLP, Feb 2004 to June 2005; partner at Hall Dickler LLP, 1992 to Jan 2004; partner at Warshaw Burstein Cohen Schlesinger & Kuh, 1983 to 1992; partner at Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, 1973-1983, and associate, 1986 to 1973; trial attorney in Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice, 1966 to 1968; law clerk to Hon. M. Joseph Blumenfeld, United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1965 and 1966.
Starting in 2005, have conducted approximately 25 mediations involving a wide variety of business disputes, including: Claims by computer software manufacturer and cell phone supplier against unlicensed sellers for infringement of IP rights; breach of contract claims alleging improper use of confidential proprietary business information by entities in advertising, internet-based newsletter and real estate brokerage; disputes between former partners in marketing firms over rights in their firms; scope of insurance coverae under general liability policies; attorney-client fee disputes. Have represented clients in many mediations arising in litigation context. Have often served as trainer in mediation programs sponsored by the New York State Supreme Court and at Hofstra and Fordham Law School.
Areas of expertise: intellectual property, especially copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, publicity/privacy rights. Contracts involving the licensing of IP rights. The fields of advertising and marketing. Most recent three years exclusively devoted to active work as mediator and arbitrator of complex business disputes, primarily for the American Arbitration Association and on Court panels. Career litigating complex business disputes of all kinds thoughout the country. From a substantive law perspective, cases have involved a broad range of intellectual property issues as well as a general cross-section of general business disputes. Clients have engaged in many different entertainment and advertising/marketing business, such as music publishing, records, motion picture production and distribution, home video, television program production, and the Internet. Frequent speaker and articles writer on topics to ADR and IP.