Deirdre Merrill is the Director of Contracts at Chronicle Books LLC in San Francisco, California. One of the most admired and respected independent publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. The company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value.
In her work at Chronicle Books over the last 17 years, Ms. Merrill’s primary focus has been drafting, negotiating, and maintaining copyright license agreements between the publishing house and authors, photographers, illustrators, and licensors, along with their respective agents and attorneys. Her role includes negotiating and securing of digital rights for both backlist and front list titles published by Chronicle Books. In addition she supervises the contracts and permissions department, helps to maintain the company’s trademark portfolio, advises the subsidiary rights licensing division and custom publishing departments, and supervises copyright registration for all titles published by Chronicle Books.
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1999
B.A, Santa Clara University, 1995
Member, California State Bar Association, 2000-present
Member, The Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California
Eleanor M. Lackman is a nationally recognized practitioner in copyright, trademark, and media and entertainment law. Her practice encompasses media and entertainment defense, copyright and trademark litigation and counseling, and trademark branding, prosecution, and licensing. Major brand owners in a wide range of industries entrust her with their branding, counseling, licensing, prosecution, and enforcement needs, while the media and entertainment industries routinely call on her to draft amicus briefs in some of the most closely watched copyright cases in the country. She splits her time between the firm’s New York and Beverly Hills offices.
Eleanor has been ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in copyright and trademark law for each of the past six years. She has been recognized as a Global IP Star and one of the top women in IP by Managing IP, has been repeatedly named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women attorneys in the New York area, and has been recognized on multiple occasions by Variety Magazine for her work in the entertainment industry. Her outside-the-box approaches to legal practice has also garnered her recognition as a “Trailblazer” twice by the National Law Journal.
Eleanor is a past co-chair of the New York Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, to which she now serves as a trustee. She presently is serving her second term on the Amicus Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Prior to joining CDAS in 2011, Eleanor worked at Hogan Lovells, Arnold & Porter, and Loeb & Loeb. She received her A.B. degree, with honors, from Rollins College, and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Milton Pollack Fellowship. Eleanor is admitted to practice in New York and California.
Jeff Knowles is a trial lawyer practicing complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property matters. He has specific expertise in copyright, trademark, trade secret, Lanham Act, and other unfair competition cases, with deep experience in music-related litigation. Jeff's music-focused experience ranges from representation of music publishers in the landmark Napster case to prosecution of a recent copyright infringement action on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment against the European webcasting company Radionomy.
Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene F. Lynch of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (1987-1988), and prior to joining the firm, worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he represented federal agencies in national impact litigation.
He is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property and Litigation sections and the Private Advertising Committee of the Antitrust Section. He is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., as well as the Bar Association of San Francisco. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Peak Systems, a Seattle-based web design company.
Jeff has served as a moot court judge for Stanford University Law School and has spoken on internet and copyright issues at Hastings College of the Law, Stanford University Law School, King Hall (UC Davis School of Law) and American University Law School in Washington, D.C. He has also been a guest speaker at conferences of the Intellectual Property Division of the Washington and Oregon Bar Associations.
Jeff earned a degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (1984) and his law degree summa cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1987). While at Hastings, he was an Articles Editor for the Hastings Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif and the Thurston Society.
Jeremy S. Goldman is a partner in the Litigation Group, focusing on entertainment, media, intellectual property, commercial and privacy law.
Jeremy is a skilled commercial litigator with nearly fifteen years of experience counseling clients through complex disputes inside and outside of courtrooms in California and New York. His clients include independent filmmakers, production companies, writers, directors, financiers, media companies, publishers, video game developers, tech companies, creative agencies, executives, small businesses, and Fortune 500 brands. Jeremy is a passionate advocate committed to protecting, enforcing, and vindicating his clients’ rights.
Jeremy has special expertise handling intellectual property matters, contractual disputes, production mishaps and other legal issues that arise in the entertainment, media and technology industries. The Legal 500 recently recognized Jeremy for his work on high-profile copyright matters and he is co-Chair of the Los Angeles chapter of The Copyright Society of the USA.
In addition to his litigation practice, Jeremy leverages his deep technical understanding of computers and the Internet to counsel clients through data breaches, cybersecurity incidents, regulator inquiries, and privacy class actions. Jeremy also advises clients on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
In 2015, after spending eight years with the firm in New York, Jeremy moved across the country with his wife and two children to help launch Frankfurt Kurnit’s LA office. He is admitted to practice in New York and California.
Sophie Cohen is a Senior Corporate Counsel on the Marketing Legal team at Symantec Corporation, supporting the LifeLock and Norton consumer brands. Her work has involved a wide range of advertising and intellectual property matters, including reviewing marketing collateral for compliance (print, online, social media, TV, radio etc.), and collaborating with internal teams and outside agencies on advertising campaigns, social media initiatives, affiliate marketing, “truth in advertising” issues, FTC compliance, claims substantiation, talent agreements, celebrity rights, trademark and copyright issues, and the use of customer testimonials/reviews.
Prior to joining Symantec, Ms. Cohen was a partner at the intellectual property law firm Cobalt LLP in Berkeley, where she advised clients on all aspects of trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, domain name disputes, advertising law, licensing and co-branding, as well as software and technology agreements. She worked with clients on cutting-edge copyright matters, such as thorny copyright registrations, source code protection, emerging technologies, innovative business models, fair use, user generated content, fan communities, scraping, DMCA, and work-made-for-hire issues. Ms. Cohen also has extensive experience in promotions law, including sweepstakes, contests and raffles, with a special expertise in the fields of commercial co-venturing and cause marketing.
Ms. Cohen is a member of the California and New York State Bars. She graduated from the Sorbonne (Paris) and the U.C. Davis School of Law.
She currently serves as an Advisor to the Executive Committee of the California Lawyers Association Intellectual Property Law Section (formerly, State Bar of California), as well as Chair of their In-House Interest Group, planning CLE programs and networking activities. She is a member of the ABA-IPL Copyright Division and the Copyright Society of the USA.
Ms. Cohen loves travelling to explore great wines, foods and art. She’s also a proud sci-fi geek.
Ms. Gray focuses her practice on intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) and commercial litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has managed complex cases in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation counseling through appellate review. Her extensive copyright experience includes representing a magazine publisher in a series of cutting-edge lawsuits at the intersection of traditional print media and emerging electronic technologies which ultimately established the publisher’s right to reproduce its flagship magazine in electronic format (see, e.g., Faulkner, et al. v. National Geographic Society, et al., 294 F. Supp. 2d 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); aff’d, 409 F.3d 26 (2d Cir. 2005)).
Ms. Gray is the current Vice President and President-Elect of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. She authors the copyright and trademark blog Shades of Gray®, www.shadesofgraylaw.com.
Joseph C. Gratz is partner with Durie Tangri LLP in San Francisco. A Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and an Advisor to the forthcoming ALI Restatement of Copyright, Mr. Gratz is a respected litigator and commentator on copyright and Internet law. He was named one of the nine Top Intellectual Property Lawyers Under 40 by Law360 in 2015, and a Northern California IP Litigation SuperLawyer each year since 2013 by SuperLawyers Magazine, after being named a Rising Star in IP Litigation in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Mr. Gratz received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.