Lecturer in Law
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
488 Madison Ave, 10th floor
New York NY 10022
Toby Butterfield is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. Mr. Butterfield has 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark, defamation, digital media, and commercial matters.
Mr. Butterfield’s clients include media and entertainment companies, and designers and manufacturers of luxury goods. His recent work includes successfully representing the owner and publisher of Business Traveller magazine in a trademark licensing dispute with a competitor; settlement of CBS v. FilmOn, a case involving claims by the major networks against an Over The Top streaming media technology company; and obtaining emergency injunctive relief for HIT Entertainment, Inc. -- owner of Barney®, Thomas the Tank Engine™ and Bob the Builder® -- effectively shutting down the manufacturer and distributor of counterfeit adult costumes of those well known characters.
Mr. Butterfield chaired the New York City Bar’s Committee on Entertainment Law, its Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, WNYC Radio’s Community Advisory Board. and was the Administrator of the New York State Supreme Court Screening Panel for Democratic Party judicial candidates in New York County. He has appeared on BBC World News, Forbes TV, and been quoted by The New York Times and many other news and legal publications.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Butterfield was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. He is admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.