Representative Experience

Great Minds v. Office Depot, Inc.
Lead counsel, alongside NYU Law Prof. Christopher Sprigman, to plaintiff Great Minds in California federal court action for copyright infringement to halt the unauthorized commercial reproduction of Great Minds’ widely acclaimed and used Eureka Math curriculum.

Great Minds v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Lead counsel, alongside NYU Law Prof. Christopher Sprigman, to plaintiff Great Minds in copyright infringement action in Manhattan federal court, resulting in confidential settlement.

Maharishi Foundation USA, Inc. v. The Veda Center, LLC et al.
Successfully defended global Vedic meditation teachers in false advertising and trademark dispute in Iowa federal court, resulting in confidential settlement shortly before trial.

Left Shark Dispute
Successfully defended artist Fernando Sosa, alongside NYU Law Prof. Christopher Sprigman, in high-profile “Left Shark” copyright and trademark dispute with Katy Perry’s company, Killer Queen, LLC, following the 2015 Super Bowl.

Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking, Inc. v. Kaylor
Represented celebrity matchmaker in suit to enforce non-compete and confidentiality provisions of employment agreement, resulting in a swift, favorable, and public settlement.

U.S. v. Bonventre et al.
Served on trial team for lead defendant Daniel Bonventre in the federal criminal trial of five former employees of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in Manhattan federal district court.

Documented Doc LLC
Counsel to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas and his independent film company for all stages of production and distribution of feature documentary film, DOCUMENTED, which chronicles the personal and political stories of Vargas and undocumented immigrants in America.

CW&T Studio LLC v. Tychi Systems, Inc., et al.
Represented boutique design firm in action for breach of non-disclosure agreement and unfair competition, leading to favorable settlement.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Represented CMS in the negotiation and drafting of a complex equipment installation,
production and licensing agreement with a subsidiary of a global electronics manufacturer.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and J.K. Rowling v. RDR Books
Served on the winning trial team for J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. in one of the most
highly publicized cases of 2008; won permanent injunction blocking publication of the
unauthorized Harry Potter “lexicon.”

Gaialights, LLC
Advised independent film company during all stages of documentary production,
including initial fundraising, pre-production, post-production, and distribution.

MyDailyThread, Inc.
Successfully resolved intellectual property dispute, avoiding litigation, for growing Internet start-
up company, and advised on terms of service, privacy policy, vendor agreements, and other
contractual matters.

The Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc.
Counseled publishing industry objectors to proposed settlement in the Google Books class
action, which was rejected by the Second Circuit.

Vitale AML Consultants, Inc. v. Promontory Financial Group, LLC et al.
Represented leading anti-money laundering consulting firm in action for copyright
infringement and theft of its proprietary software and trade secrets, leading to favorable

Shakur v. Schriro
Won Ninth Circuit summary judgment appeal for Arizona federal prison inmate seeking
religious dietary accommodations under the First Amendment and Equal Protection
clauses, and negotiated favorable settlement with the government on remand to the
federal district court. Read the Ninth Circuit’s opinion here.

The New Press
Counseled prominent non-profit publishing house regarding defamation and right-of-publicity

People of the State of New York v. Anthony Marshall
Of counsel on appeal for criminal defendant convicted of defrauding and stealing from his
mother, Brooke Astor.

AllianceBernstein, L.P. v. Christopher MacFarlane
Of counsel for defendant in dispute over “garden leave” and arbitration provisions of employment agreement.

Santa Cruz Seaside Co. v. City of Santa Cruz
Successfully intervened in California public trust land dispute on behalf of local citizens’
group, and argued the case on the law with the Deputy Attorney General of California.

Advised U.K. court regarding legality of online poker in the U.S.

Advised global music company regarding application of New York law in dispute over
complex distribution and manufacturing agreements regarding European operations.