Steven Chaikelson was the first official graduate of Columbia University's joint-degree program in law and theatre management. He has managed and produced theatrical productions on and off Broadway and across the United States. He has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor and Theatre Management Program Coordinator for the Columbia University School of the Arts since 1998. His article on the 42nd Street Development Project has been published in the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts.
A Partner at Weil Gotshal, Tim DeMasi specializes in patent litigation in the federal courts and at the United States International Trade Commission. He has litigated cases in a variety of technologies, including digital communications, computer architectures, computer graphics, Web site development, operating systems, computer networking, lasers, Internet business methods, electrosurgical devices, coronary stents, video display, light emitting diodes and DRAMs.
Nicholas Groombridge is co-chair of the Patent Litigation and Counseling practice in the firm's New York office. Over the past 17 years, Mr. Groombridge has been extensively involved in all aspects of patent litigation, including trials (both bench and jury). He has been lead counsel in numerous patent infringement actions in federal district courts, and has successfully argued cases in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Robert J. Kheel is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Mr. Kheel specializes in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on labor and sports law. He represents clients on matters including employment discrimination and raiding cases, NLRB proceedings, arbitration and accountant’s liability litigation, and Major League Baseball related transactions and issues.
Edward Klaris is Vice President of Editorial Assets & Rights at Condé Nast Publications, where he is responsible for all copyright and trademark licensing at the company, along with business affairs, business development, brand extensions, international magazines, archives, libraries, and e-commerce. Mr. Klaris was the General Counsel of The New Yorker from 2000 to 2006. BeforeThe New Yorker, he was media counsel at ABC, Inc.
Henry Lebowitz is a partner resident in the law firm of Fried Frank in New York City. He joined the firm in 2004. He concentrates his practice in the field of intellectual property law with a focus on patent law in the electrical and mechanical fields. His practice includes litigation, transactional work and counseling in those areas. From 1990 to 1992 he served as a patent examiner in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Richard Lehv is partner in the law firm of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, where he litigates matters in trademark, copyright, and trade dress infringement, comparative advertising and false advertising. In addition to cases in the federal courts, he regularly litigates before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has significant experience using consumer surveys in litigation as evidence of advertising messages, likelihood of confusion, and "secondary meaning."
Jane A. Levine is the Senior Vice President and Worldwide Director of Compliance for Sotheby’s, with responsibility for company-wide policies, training and enforcement relating to the art and cultural heritage regulation, the auction process, anti-money laundering and other areas relating to the art and auction market. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Ms. Levine was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she served as the Art Fraud Coordinator and was a Special Trial Attorney assigned to work with the FBI’s Art Crime Team.
Hillel I. Parness is a partner in the Intellectual Property, Media and Technology group at Lovells, where he focuses on matters of copyright, Internet, trademark and communications litigation. He focuses on cases involving the proper use and licensing of copyrighted works, especially the use of music on the Internet and other new media venues. He also represents clients on trademark and trade dress infringement, trademark dilution, theft of trade secrets, domain name purchases and ownership disputes and privacy.
Robert D. Sack is a United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At the time of his appointment in 1998, he was in private law practice as a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Judge Sack is the author of Sack on Defamation: Libel, Slander, and Related Problems (3rd edition, 1999). His article, Protection of Opinion Under the First Amendment: Reflection on Alfred Hill, "Defamation and Privacy Under the First Amendment," was published in the 100th Anniversary issue of the Columbia Law Review.
Thomas Selz is a founding partner of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz focusing on entertainment law, copyright and trademark counseling, and motion picture, television, new media and publishing matters. In addition to transactional work from development through production and distribution, Selz focuses on mergers and acquisitions, tax-advantaged financing, secured transactions, private placements and public offerings, and other complex corporate work involving entertainment industry and IP assets.
Teri Silvers has taught the Arts Law Externship since 2002. Previously, she was Assistant Director of Studies for the Law School's Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, where she also assisted in running various programs of the Center, including the arts law summer internships. She has also served as Director of Legal Services at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
Harold P. Weinberger heads Kramer Levin's Lanham Act false advertising group. He regularly advises clients on prospective advertising and has been lead counsel in the litigation of many false advertising cases under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as other complex intellectual property matters at the trial and appellate levels and in arbitrations. Mr. Weinberger has also defended class actions alleging that consumers were defrauded by false advertising claims.