Harvard College (AB, 1962); Harvard Law School (JD, 1965).
Currently working exclusively as neutral arbitrator and mediator of business disputes. Formerly, career as an attorney devoted to litigating complex business disputes in federal and state courts, at trail and appellate levels, and in ADR forums throughout the country. Practice concentrated on a broad range of intellectual property matters involving copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets and publicity/privacy rights. 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. Admitted to the Bar: New York, 1966; U.S. Eastern District Court: Southern (1969) and Eastern (1969) Districts of New York; District of Connecticut, 1992; U.S. Court of Appeals: Second (1969-2015) and Sixth (1991) Circuits; U.S. Tax Court, 1998; U.S. Supreme Court, 1982. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent.
Member of American Arbitration Association's Panel of Mediators since 2007, with an active docket of commercial business disputes, with emphasis on advertising and marketing, entertainment, licensing, and IP. Over one hundred mediations conducted. Member of mediation panels established by the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, New York County, the United States District Court, E.D.N.Y and the United States Bankruptcy Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Appointed in 2009 as Special Master of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, State of New York, First Department to conduct pre-argument mediation conferences.Chair of the Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation, with responsibility for oversight of all attorney-client fee disputes in New York and Bronx Counties handled pursuant to Part 137 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, 2010 to December 2014.
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. Panel member on the following ADR-orientated CLE programs: "Training for Arbitrators and Mediators handling Attorney-Client Fee Disputes under New York State's Part 137," at NYCLA, February 2013 and November 2010; "Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitrations under New York State's Part 137 Program," to New York Women's Bar Association, March 2012; "Arbitrating Claims of Legal Malpractice," to New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA), March 2012; "Mediation by Freeze Frame," to the New York State Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section, May 2009; "The Basics of Arbitration and Mediation," New York State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting, January 2007 and Fall Meeting October, 2006; "Interim Measures in Arbitration," American Arbitration Association, October 2005 and February 2006; "Drafting an ADR Clause in an IP Contract or License," American Arbitration Association, April 2005.