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Intellectual Property Law Institute 2019


Speaker(s): Anna L. King, Carolyn H. Blankenship, Charan J. Sandhu, David Bender, Douglas (Chip) A. Rettew, Hal R. Lieberman, Idris N. McKelvey, Jennifer Sklenar, Joel Wolfson, Jonathan E. Moskin, Joseph P. Lavelle, Kathleen E. McCarthy, Katie M. Lachter, Kim Youngberg, Lateef Mtima, Lindsey J. Canning, Louis S. Sorell, Mark S. Holmes, Robert Greene Sterne, Robert L. Eisenbach III, Robert P. Taylor, Victoria A. Cundiff, William A. Tanenbaum, William Eipert
Recorded on: Sep. 23, 2019
PLI Program #: 249597

David Bender is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, and also at Pace University Law School, where he teaches Privacy Law.  Mr. Bender is a Distinguished Fellow of the Ponemon Institute.  He has had extensive Privacy, Intellectual Property, and Information Technology litigation, counseling, and transactional experience.  He was a founder of the IP practice, and co-founder of the Privacy practice, at White & Case.  Before retiring from White & Case, he headed the firm’s privacy practice.


Mr. Bender served in-house at AT&T for ten years, during the latter half of which he was responsible for all IP litigation brought by or against any Bell System company.  Before that, he spent five years engaged in antitrust litigation.  And before turning to the law, he served as an engineer with the Ford Motor Company’s aerospace division, and as a mathematician with Hughes Aircraft.


Bar Admissions: New York; US Patent and Trademark Office

PublicationsBender on Privacy and Data Protection (Rel.12 2018 LexisNexis); Computer Law published in 1978 and presently in Release #73 (LexisNexis, 6 loose-leaf volumes); and over 100 articles in law reviews and conference proceedings.

Memberships:

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

  • International Technology Law Association (President, 1999-2000)

  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Super Lawyers:

  • New York City Metro Super Lawyer in Information Technology (2006 -- 2011).
  • One of the 25 best lawyers in the Westchester Co., NY Area (2009 - 2011)

Speaking:

Over 300 presentations across the United States and in 19 other nations at conferences sponsored by numerous organizations.


Bob Taylor is the founder and owner of RPT Legal Strategies PC in San Francisco and Palo Alto, providing legal and business advice to companies and investors with respect to all aspects of intellectual property and related fields of endeavor.  He also serves as a Venture Advisor to New Enterprise Associates and as a patent law expert for the National Venture Capital Association.

For more than 30 years, Bob focused primarily on intellectual property litigation, serving as lead trial counsel and/or appellate counsel in dozens of patent, copyright, trade secret and antitrust cases involving a wide range of technologies and industries.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers,  a former chair of the Antitrust Section of American Bar Association, and a Lifetime Member of the American Law Institute.

Bob has written and lectured extensively on the business and legal problems associated with both intellectual property protection and the laws related to competition.  He served for several years as the co-chair of the Antitrust Committee of Intellectual Property Owners Association and also as a Member of IPO’s Amicus Committee.  Bob also served as a member of the 1992 Commission on Patent Law Reform.

Bob holds a J.D degree from Georgetown University Law Center and was a member of the editorial board of the Georgetown Law Journal.  He holds a B.S.E.E degree from the University of Arizona and was elected to Tau Beta Pi. 


Hal Lieberman is the co-author of NEW YORK ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (updated for 2018) and the former Principal Trial Attorney and Chief Counsel for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee in New York’s First Department. During the past 17 years, he has defended hundreds of lawyers and law firms before disciplinary and grievance committees in connection with lawyer discipline complaints, formal disciplinary prosecutions, reciprocal discipline proceedings, post-conviction disciplinary proceedings, reinstatements, and matters related to bar admissions before the several New York character and fitness committees. Mr. Lieberman is a regular columnist for the New York Law Journal on the subject of Professional Discipline.  He also publishes a blog, NYLegalethics.attorney.

In addition to attorney discipline defense, Mr. Lieberman has been a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School teaching legal ethics, has lectured widely, and published numerous articles on the subjects of legal ethics and professional discipline. He has testified as an expert in legal ethics in approximately 45 civil and criminal adjudications since 1998, including, among others, disqualification motions, legal malpractice cases, partnership disputes, fee disputes, and numerous issues involving interpretation and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Mr. Lieberman joined Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP in 2014. He is the past partner-in-charge of the New York office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, and was the subject of an exclusive interview in the March 23, 2011 issue of the New York Law Journal. The article, “Q&A with Hal R. Lieberman,” focused on Mr. Lieberman’s long and unique experience handling New York attorney disciplinary cases and legal ethics matters more generally, and his views on the state of New York’s lawyer discipline system from the perspective of a former Chief Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee.


Idris McKelvey leads the Estée Lauder Companies’ Patent Group, where he is responsible for designing and executing the company’s global patent strategy, supporting more than 30 luxury cosmetics brands.

Idris joined the Estée Lauder Companies in 2010, providing patent support for Estée Lauder’s Aveda® brand.  This role was expanded in 2014 to include responsibility for the brand’s corporate governance and general business matters.  During that period, Idris led legal support for the company’s sustainable sourcing program, and related corporate citizenship programs.  Idris was promoted Vice President and Lead Patent Counsel in July of 2018.

 Idris has a particular focus on IP operations, embracing technology to modernize IP management, data analytics, and task automation.  Leveraging new workflows, his team has introduced new insights-based metrics for assessing patent portfolio value.  They’ve also adopted software-assisted drafting tools to streamline patent preparation and prosecution. 

Prior to Estée Lauder, Idris served as patent counsel for Procter and Gamble, managing global patent portfolios for brands including Pantene®, Head and Shoulders®, Herbal Essences®, Cascade®, and Dawn®. 

Idris earned his J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2005, and his B.S. in chemistry from Howard University in 2002 (cum laude).  Away from work, Idris volunteers with the Long Island chapter of Girls Inc. and Jack and Jill of America.  Idris resides in Huntington, NY with his wife, Monique, and two daughters, Nadia and Zara. 


Joseph Lavelle is an experienced patent lawyer, focusing primarily on the preparation and trial of patent infringement cases.

Joseph also has handled a number of successful appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Joseph has more than 25 years of experience litigating patent cases, including many bench and jury trials. He has litigated in most areas of technology, including semiconductors, computers, computer software, telephony, Digital Signal Processing, telematics, waveform encoding, automotive technology, financial services, biotechnology and many others.

In addition to federal district court proceedings, Joseph has tried a number of Section 337 proceedings before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as handled cases before the US Court of Federal Claims and appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also is licensed to practice before the USPTO and has successfully handled interference proceedings

Joseph has vast experience handling litigation and counseling matters at the intersection of competition laws and antitrust laws. He has participated in many of the leading matters in the area of standard setting. Also, he has represented clients in patent-antitrust matters before the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.


Katie Lachter is the Firm’s associate general counsel. Based in the New York office, Katie counsels the Firm’s lawyers on matters of professional responsibility and cross-jurisdictional and compliance issues in support of the Firm’s commitment to excellent client service.

Katie is also a member of the Law Firm Practice Group and advises lawyers, law firms and in-house legal departments on risk management and the laws and regulations governing lawyers.

Katie is a frequent writer and speaker on issues relating to legal ethics. She is a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches professional responsibility. She is also on the faculty of the Practising Law Institute and Lawline.com. She co-authored Risk Management Survival Tools for Law Firms, third edition, published by the ABA Law Practice Division in 2016. She is also the co-author of a chapter entitled "The Practical Case for Civility," in Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer, published by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism in 2013, and has co-authored numerous articles on ethics and professional responsibility for the New York Law Journal and Bloomberg Law Reports. Katie is a past secretary of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics and a current member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, the New York Women’s Bar Association Ethics Committee, and the New York State Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct.

Katie was named a 2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award winner by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. She was also the recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s 2009 Pro Bono Publico award. Katie was designated a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers’ New York Metro edition in 2014, and named a "Super Lawyer" in the 2015 edition.


Lateef Mtima is a Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law. After graduating with honors from Amherst College, Professor Mtima received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where he was the co-founder and later editor-in-chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Journal. He is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars and has practiced intellectual property, bankruptcy, and commercial law, including a decade in private practice with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers. Currently a member of the Advisory Council for the United States Court of Federal Claims and the BNA Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal Advisory Board, Professor Mtima has held the post of Distinguished Libra Visiting Scholar in Residence at the University of Maine School of Law, is a past President of the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and was a member of the founding Editorial Board for the American Bar Association intellectual property periodical Landslide. Professor Mtima is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, an accredited Non-governmental Organization Member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


Lou Sorell is Senior Patent Counsel in the New York, NY office of Google LLC specializing in patent-related matters, including patent portfolio development.

Lou graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law and received his LL.M. in Trade Regulation-Intellectual Property from New York University School of Law.

Prior to joining Google in 2011, Lou was in private practice at several law firms, specializing in patent law.  He has been a panelist in many other courses relating to patent law, including PLI’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp course.


Ms. King concentrates her practice on trademark, domain name, and copyright prosecution and counseling matters. She manages worldwide portfolios and has extensive experience in prosecution and registration of applications, licensing, enforcement, oppositions, and cancellations as well as counseling clients in protecting their international portfolios.  She serves as a board member and Chair of the Trademark Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) and is an active member of the Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Trademark Relations with the USPTO Committee of American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).  Ms. King was awarded her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington and her B.A. in Anthropology, cum laude, from Connecticut College.

 


Robert Greene Sterne is a founding director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. in Washington, D.C.  He has extensive expertise in AIA post issuance proceedings and concurrent patent litigation, USITC 337 investigations, Federal Circuit appeals, EU and China enforcement, reexamination, patent monetization and licensing, and corporate intellectual property best practices (CIPO and Board of Directors).  He is a registered U.S. patent attorney, has spoken and written extensively on these topics, was named in 2015 by the Financial Times as one of the "Top Ten Legal Innovators in North America," was named in 2015 by Law360 as one of  “The Top 25 Icons of IP,” and was named in 2014 by The National Law Journal as an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer and Pioneer.” He is editor in chief of Patent Office Litigation (2012), and Patent Office Litigation 2nd Edition (2017)(Thomson Reuters). He is counsel in more than 200 PTAB contested proceedings and has played a key role in precedent-setting U.S. case law, including: In re Beauregard, (Fed. Cir. 1995), KSR (SCT. 2007), i4i (SCT. 2011), In re Jung (Fed. Cir. 2011), ETG (Fed Cir. 2012), and Hear Wear (Fed. Cir. 2014). Among many honors, he is the recipient of the Sedona Conference Award for Excellence in Advanced Legal Education (2004), the Sedona Lifetime Achievement Award (2012),  and the 2012 Attorney of the Year “Good Scout” Award for his leadership in community service. He has been at the forefront of software patent protection, having represented IBM in the precedent setting In re Beauregard case that produced the 1996 USPTO software patent guidelines and having delivered in 1985 the seminal AI and Expert System Legal Protection presentation before the AIPLA. Sterne Kessler is ranked in 2018 as the 5th largest US IP specialty firm and 337th largest US law firm.


Robert L. Eisenbach III, Of Counsel in Cooley LLP’s Business Restructuring & Reorganization group, guides companies through Chapter 11, out-of-court restructurings, and recapitalizations, helps clients navigate distressed M&A transactions, and represents unsecured creditors' committees.

After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985 and before joining Cooley LLP, he served as a law clerk to the late Judge Albert Tate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

He has developed a national reputation for helping clients deal with the intersection of intellectual property and bankruptcy law, representing licensors, licensees, and others. He has testified on intellectual property issues before the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject, and publishes In The (Red)®: The Business Bankruptcy Blog.

He has consistently been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and has been recognized as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers.


Victoria Cundiff is a partner at Paul Hastings resident in New York, where she is a leader of the Firm’s nationally ranked global trade secrets litigation practice.  She works with clients in industries including technology, software, media, financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and sales and distribution organizations. She has tried trade secrets and related commercial and intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and before a variety of arbitration and mediation tribunals.  As important is her work to help organizations avoid litigation.  She has designed confidential verification protocols for resolving intellectual property use and ownership disputes in and outside court. 

Ms. Cundiff is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches intellectual property law and at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she teaches trade secrets law.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America; Chambers; Legal 500 (which has named her a “Leading Lawyer” nationally in Trade Secrets Litigation); and New York Super Lawyers, among other directories. She is the Vice Chair of the IPO’s Committee on Trade Secrets.


William Eipert is a senior managing counsel for Xerox Corporation.  In his position as the Lead Advanced Development Counsel, he leads a practice group providing strategic IP and commercial transaction counsel to senior executives and engineering teams across Xerox’s research and product development organizations.  While at Xerox he has counseled on all aspects of patents, copyrights and trademarks in a range of transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, IP licensing, joint development, sponsored research, hosted services, and OEM arrangements.

William graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1993.  After graduation he worked for the Department of the Navy managing patent preparation and prosecution for a range of technologies including active and passive sonar systems, acoustic beamforming and signal processing applications at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI before joining Xerox Corporation in 1998. 


Lindsey has extensive experience advising clients on intellectual property and technology matters in the context of M&A transactions, IPOs and joint ventures. She also frequently advises clients, on both the customer and supply side, on a wide range of commercial agreements, both in relation to business separations and on a standalone basis. These include IP licenses, supply and distribution agreements, outsourcing contracts and agreements relating to transformational IT projects.

Many of the transactions on which Lindsey advises are cross-border in nature. She is qualified in both the UK and NY, having spent five years working in NYC with her previous firm.


With over a billion dollars in patent deals under his belt, Mark Holmes is the founder and CEO of PatentBridge LLC, a privately held technology development firm in Silicon Valley that specializes in bringing to market select patented technologies covering extraordinary software and Internet-related breakthroughs. 

Mr. Holmes is the CEO and Co-Founder of RavenWhite Cybersecurity, Inc. which was selected as one of the top 10 security startups worldwide at the RSA Conference. He is also the Executive of Business Development for the DeCaf Co. which is creating the world’s first consumer instant decaffeination product.

Mr. Holmes has advised such technology savvy entities as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, University of California at Berkeley as well as many startups and has been named every year to the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.  He served as co-chair of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) from 2006 to 2011.

He was the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (Retirement Systems of Alabama).

He lectures nationally on the pressing issues facing tech startups. In the past few years, he has spoken nationally over 50 times for such bodies as Renaissance Weekend, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), PLI and other organizations.

He holds an engineering degree from Brown, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Software Society and wrote the book PATENT LICENSING AND SELLING: STRATEGY, NEGOTIATION & FORMS.


Jennifer Sklenar is co-chair of Arnold & Porter’s Intellectual Property Group and a partner in its Washington D.C. office. She focuses her practice on patent litigation, particularly in the medical device, biotech, semiconductor and networking-related fields. She has managed all aspects of litigation and has significant trial experience in the US District Courts and in Section 337 cases in the ITC. She has also been lead counsel in numerous contested Patent Office proceedings.


Katie McCarthy is a partner in the New York office of King & Spalding’s IP practice group with 31 years of experience in trademark, design, internet, advertising and copyright matters. 

Katie advises clients on global IP issues and litigates IP cases in the federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Katie is active on the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) and is currently President-Elect of that organization, slated to take over as President in May. 

Katie recently finished a two-year term as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Trademark Association’s scholarly journal The Trademark Reporter, having written, solicited and edited articles for the journal for more than 20 years. 

Katie speaks frequently for the NYIPLA, INTA and PLI, and serves as one of the editors for the PLI book, Kane on Trademark Law.  Katie also actively promotes diversity in the profession through her involvement in King & Spalding’s Women in IP initiatives.

Katie lives in Astoria, New York where she, her husband and two sons can be found frequently hosting assorted siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


William A. Tanenbaum is recognized as one of the Who’s Who Legal “Thought Leaders Global Elite” and is ranked in top tiers by ChambersLegal500Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal in technology, outsourcing, IP and data law.  Bill is a shareholder in the 40-lawyer Technology Transactions & Data Privacy Practice at Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 firm with 850 lawyers in 22 cities.  He is the Practice Co-Chair of the Health Care Technology & Innovation Group, which is the second largest of its kind in the country.  Polsinelli was named as the 2018 Health Care Firm of the Year by US News & World Report, and its Health Care Practice is the largest in the country.  

Bill’s practice includes the Industrial Internet of Things, Body Area Networks, AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and data analytics, including data generated by networks of sensors and created by machines, as well as technology and IP transactions, and he leads teams that serve as IP counsel and as health care counsel in technology and M&A transactions.  Health Care is an early adopter of IoT and data analytics, and clients call upon Bill to use leading practices from that industry in other industries.  

Bill is a past President of the International Technology Law Association and was previously named as the IT Lawyer of the Year in New York by US News & World Report.  Clients and legal researchers find that “he has expertise in technology transactions that puts him at the very top tier of the market [and] he is a font of knowledge on creating new IT structures,” (Who’s Who Legal) and “that he brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem,” “provides savvy, zealous representation,” and understands the market and uses his expertise to help [clients] successfully navigate negotiations” (Chambers).  Bill is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa), Cornell Law School and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

 


Carolyn Blankenship is SVP, Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property for Thomson Reuters.  She joined Reuters in 2001 and before that held a variety of IP-related positions as both in-house and outside counsel, including stints at Skadden, Arps and Priceline.com.

Carolyn leads the Corporate Legal Innovation, Product and Privacy Practice Group, with a focus on protecting and leveraging innovations throughout the company.  In addition, Carolyn oversees all patent litigation and supports the IP aspects of the company’s M&A activity. 

As an undergraduate, Carolyn attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years and went on to earn a B.A. in Biology from Harvard College.  She has a J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law and clerked for the Hon. Noel Fidel of the  Arizona State Court of Appeals.


Charan Sandhu is a partner in Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice and is based in New York. Ms. Sandhu concentrates on the areas of complex technology transactions and intellectual property. She represents clients in matters relating to technology transfer, and the development, acquisition, use and commercial exploitation of technology and intellectual property. She has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex technology transactions, including technology development and licensing agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliances, professional services agreements, outsourcing arrangements, distribution agreements, and settlements of IP litigation.

Ms. Sandhu is consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for Technology & Outsourcing, where clients have praised her for “consistently producing work of the highest order.” She is also recognized by Legal 500 US; IAM Licensing 250’s “World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers;” and IAM Patent 1000. She was also named an “IP Star” for licensing in New York by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars; recognized as a Financial & Transactional Life Science Star by LMG Life Sciences Guide; named among the 2015 “Top Women” for Intellectual Property in New York by Super Lawyers; and shortlisted in the “Best in Technology” category at the Americas Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards 2016.

Ms. Sandhu is a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee. She is also actively involved with the Firm’s pro bono efforts and regularly represents Kids in Need of Defense. Ms. Sandhu was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders for her outstanding professional achievement, civic commitment and leadership. She was also featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 11th Annual WomenWorthWatching® issue.


Douglas (Chip) Rettew is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Finnegan Henderson. He has been recognized in World Trademark Review WTR 1000 as ”[o]ne of the best litigators in the country with an unbelievable success rate,” and “a go-to litigation lead for world-famous consumer brands.” He focuses his practice on trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation and disputes.

Doug litigates cases involving a broad range of issues, including traditional trademarks, false advertising, product disparagement, rights of publicity, unfair competition, trade dress, design patents, and domain names. Doug is also involved in advertising issues and counseling, right-of-publicity matters, and trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing. Clients include Under Armour, Bridgestone, the NFL Players Association, Capital One, Subaru, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and PNC Bank. 

Doug has first-chair jury and bench trial and appellate experience and has argued appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Fourth, and Eighth Circuits. He also litigates oppositions, cancellations, and ex parte appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Doug has significant experience in obtaining (and defeating) temporary restraining orders (TROs) and preliminary injunctions, including those involving counterfeiting and ex parte seizures. He previously served as leader of the firm’s trademark and copyright practice and is currently serving on the firm’s compensation committee.

 


Jonathan E. Moskin is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He has acted as lead trial counsel and otherwise litigated trademark, copyright and patent cases, as well as contract disputes, privacy matters, false advertising and right of publicity cases in numerous federal, trial and appellate courts. He is a member of the IP Litigation, Security & Information Management Practice groups.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Moskin was a partner at White & Case LLP and Pennie & Edmonds, LLP, where he was chair of the Trademark/Copyright Group. He has successfully represented major companies in intellectual property matters, including Acco Products; Aristocrat Technologies; Bacardi & Co.; Booking.com, Cablevision; Calvin Klein; Cannondale Bicycle Corp.; Citigroup; Caesars Entertainment; Diageo; Deutsche Bank Trust Co.; Emjoi, Inc.; Field & Stream Holdings, LLC; Games Workshop; Hasbro; Herman Miller, Inc.; Ingersoll-Rand; Jim Beam Brands; JP Morgan & Chase Co.; Kayak Software Corp.; Novartis; Phillips Van Heusen; Priceline; QVC; Rambus, Inc.; Stiefel Laboratories; Swiss Army Brands, and Valentino.


Kim Youngberg is a transactional attorney in entertainment and advertising. As General Counsel at Screenvision Media, the second largest cinema advertising company in the US, she is in charge of all legal matters including negotiating deals with movie theaters and advertisers, structuring business development, marketing, research and promotions agreements, and securing and drafting independent film distribution agreements. Ms. Youngberg helps expand the company’s business into new social media platforms, beacon technologies, geo-targeted advertising, programmatic advertising, gaming, virtual reality, and influencers.

Prior to joining Screenvision Media, Ms. Youngberg served as the SVP of Business and Legal Affairs for Wind-Up Records, one of the largest independent record labels in the US, where she oversaw all legal matters for the company’s record label, several publishing companies, and a full-service merchandising company. Before joining Wind-Up, Ms. Youngberg was in private practice at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, a boutique music law firm, where she represented many superstar recording artists, producers and writers, as well as major and independent record labels and publishers. Right after law school she was an associate at Bermans, a firm of English barristers and solicitors, where she practiced in international litigation.  

Ms. Youngberg graduated from Fordham University School of Law, and has a BBA from the University of Michigan.


Mr. Wolfson is a Director and Associate General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch business in New York City.  He concentrates on bank/broker-dealer contracts, computer contracts, intellectual property, commercial, and corporate matters.  

He had been a partner in Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office, with a concentration in transactions, intellectual property, corporate law, and public policy for the: financial industry, information provider, biotechnology, software, and computer fields.  

Prior to that, Mr. Wolfson was Vice President and Associate General Counsel and head of The Nasdaq Stock Market’s e-Commerce and Intellectual Property Practice Group.  

His publications include (1) a multi-volume treatise on high-technology contract law; and law review articles on: (2) First Amendment protections against liability for incorrect information; (3) express warranties and published information; (4) the ability of licensing law and copyright law to peacefully co-exist; and (5) class action suits in bankruptcy court.