David Rabinowitz

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David Rabinowitz, Co-Chair of Moses & Singer's Litigation practice group and a member of its Intellectual Property and Law Firm Management practice groups, has been a partner with the firm since 1985. 

Within a broad commercial litigation and litigation counseling practice, David has focused in the substantive areas of financial industry litigation, including corporate trusts and letters of credit, trusts and estates, intellectual property, contracts and employment.

David has represented major financial institutions in matters relating to indenture trusts, letters of credit, negotiable instruments and electronic transfers, real estate and cross-border judgment enforcement.

In the trusts and estates area, David has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in fiduciary accountings, will and trust construction and trust and estate administration. These have included representing large financial institutions in major Surrogate’s Court litigations including claims ranging up to $2 billion for mismanagement of trusts.  He has represented individuals and charitable institutions in disputes over dispositions from estates.  He has represented individuals in will contests, claims to restore allegedly alienated property to estates, and other claims against estates.  He has represented individuals as fiduciaries in claims of improper estate administration and claims to enforce dispositions under wills.

In the area of intellectual property, David has represented entertainment, sports and media companies, talent and rights owners on matters concerning contracts and licenses, copyright, trademark and unfair competition, right of publicity, and defamation and related free speech issues.

David has also represented both employers and employees in disputes concerning employment agreements, termination of employment and employment discrimination, and health care organizations in contract and reimbursement disputes.

David represents clients in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution procedures as well as state and federal courts throughout the United States.

David is a regular speaker on legal ethics.  He has lectured and participated on panels before The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, The Institute of International Banking Law & Practice The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Licensing International Annual Convention and the Massachusetts Software Council.  He has taught Copyright Law at Seton Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. He is a member and former trustee of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. David has published articles which have appeared in Advertising Age, Entertainment Law Reporter, The Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook, the Journal of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and Practical Lawyer. He has written a series of articles on Internet Law entitled "Web Site Story," which appeared in American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel magazine.

David is recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer. He is an AV® Preeminent™ Rated lawyer and one of New York's Top Rated Lawyers in his field according to Martindale-Hubbell.

Presentations [View All]
  • "The Pitfalls & Practicalities of Intellectual Property Protection," New York Women In Film & Television, 2018
  • "Ethical Issues in Licensing," Practising Law Institute, Understanding the Intellectual Property License, 1997-2017
  • "Ethical Considerations In Licensing," Practising Law Institute, Advanced Licensing Agreements, 2007-2017
  • "Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," Practising Law Institute, 2011-2017
  • “Negotiation Ethics,” The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2017
  • Panelist, “Supersedeas LCs: An Explanation Through Dramatization.”  Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, Letter of Credit Summit, October 2015 
  • "Show Me the Money: The Essentials of Valuation of Copyrights in Transactions and Litigation" The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York Chapter, 2014
  • "Negotiation Ethics," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York Chapter, 2012
  • "Negotiating...Ethically," Moses & Singer In-House Counsel CLE Program, 2012
  • "Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," Practising Law Institute, Ethics in Context, 2008, 2010-2011
  • "Ethics in Negotiations," WebCredenza Professional Education Broadcast Network Live Teleseminar, 2010
  • "Ethical Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2008
  • "Winning Ethics in Licensing," Licensing International, 2008
  • "Legal Bases for Civil Remedies-The Mid-Winter Meeting," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2008
  • "Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements; Doing Business with Your Client," Current Ethical Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer in Music, Film, Television & Theater, New York City Bar, 2008
  • "Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements and Doing Business with Clients," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2007
  • "Ethical Considerations in International Patent Licenses," Practising Law Institute, 2006
  • "Know Your Boundaries! The Unauthorized Practice of Law," Practising Law Institute, 2005
  • "Ethics for the IP Practitioner," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2003
  • "Internet Law Institute," Practising Law Institute, 2003, 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Copyright Law, Seton Hall Law School, 2001-2004
  • "Trademark Basics for Attorneys," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000-2003
  • "Get Wired 2000: Practicing Arts, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law in the Digital Age," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000
  • "Basic Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2000, 2002
  • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2000 Annual Meeting
  • "Internet Law," guest lecturer at Fordham University School of Law, 1998-2002
  • "Fair Use-Real, Virtual and Totally Virtual," Trademark Committee, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1997
  • "Legal Issues in the Agency Business," American Association of Advertising Agencies, 1997
  • "Understanding The Intellectual Property License," Practising Law Institute, 1997-2001
  • "Look-Alikes and Sound-Alikes, the Legal Implications," American Corporate Counsel Association, 1996
  • "Dispute Resolution Provisions in Copyright Related Contracts," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 1994
  • Section of Patent, Trademark & Copyright, American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, 1993
  • "How to Handle Basic Copyright and Trademark Problems," Practising Law Institute, 1990
Publications
  • "Antitrust Law in the United States," co-authored, Anglo-American Legal Language 3, February 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Former Trustee and Co-Chairman of the 1999 Annual Meeting, The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Law School Activities/Honors
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

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Biography

David Rabinowitz, Co-Chair of Moses & Singer's Litigation practice group and a member of its Intellectual Property and Law Firm Management practice groups, has been a partner with the firm since 1985. 

Within a broad commercial litigation and litigation counseling practice, David has focused in the substantive areas of financial industry litigation, including corporate trusts and letters of credit, trusts and estates, intellectual property, contracts and employment.

David has represented major financial institutions in matters relating to indenture trusts, letters of credit, negotiable instruments and electronic transfers, real estate and cross-border judgment enforcement.

In the trusts and estates area, David has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in fiduciary accountings, will and trust construction and trust and estate administration. These have included representing large financial institutions in major Surrogate’s Court litigations including claims ranging up to $2 billion for mismanagement of trusts.  He has represented individuals and charitable institutions in disputes over dispositions from estates.  He has represented individuals in will contests, claims to restore allegedly alienated property to estates, and other claims against estates.  He has represented individuals as fiduciaries in claims of improper estate administration and claims to enforce dispositions under wills.

In the area of intellectual property, David has represented entertainment, sports and media companies, talent and rights owners on matters concerning contracts and licenses, copyright, trademark and unfair competition, right of publicity, and defamation and related free speech issues.

David has also represented both employers and employees in disputes concerning employment agreements, termination of employment and employment discrimination, and health care organizations in contract and reimbursement disputes.

David represents clients in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution procedures as well as state and federal courts throughout the United States.

David is a regular speaker on legal ethics.  He has lectured and participated on panels before The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, The Institute of International Banking Law & Practice The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Licensing International Annual Convention and the Massachusetts Software Council.  He has taught Copyright Law at Seton Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. He is a member and former trustee of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. David has published articles which have appeared in Advertising Age, Entertainment Law Reporter, The Entertainment Publishing and the Arts Handbook, the Journal of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and Practical Lawyer. He has written a series of articles on Internet Law entitled "Web Site Story," which appeared in American Lawyer's Corporate Counsel magazine.

David is recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer. He is an AV® Preeminent™ Rated lawyer and one of New York's Top Rated Lawyers in his field according to Martindale-Hubbell.

Presentations [View All]
  • "The Pitfalls & Practicalities of Intellectual Property Protection," New York Women In Film & Television, 2018
  • "Ethical Issues in Licensing," Practising Law Institute, Understanding the Intellectual Property License, 1997-2017
  • "Ethical Considerations In Licensing," Practising Law Institute, Advanced Licensing Agreements, 2007-2017
  • "Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," Practising Law Institute, 2011-2017
  • “Negotiation Ethics,” The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2017
  • Panelist, “Supersedeas LCs: An Explanation Through Dramatization.”  Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, Letter of Credit Summit, October 2015 
  • "Show Me the Money: The Essentials of Valuation of Copyrights in Transactions and Litigation" The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York Chapter, 2014
  • "Negotiation Ethics," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York Chapter, 2012
  • "Negotiating...Ethically," Moses & Singer In-House Counsel CLE Program, 2012
  • "Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," Practising Law Institute, Ethics in Context, 2008, 2010-2011
  • "Ethics in Negotiations," WebCredenza Professional Education Broadcast Network Live Teleseminar, 2010
  • "Ethical Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2008
  • "Winning Ethics in Licensing," Licensing International, 2008
  • "Legal Bases for Civil Remedies-The Mid-Winter Meeting," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2008
  • "Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements; Doing Business with Your Client," Current Ethical Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer in Music, Film, Television & Theater, New York City Bar, 2008
  • "Non-Traditional Fee Arrangements and Doing Business with Clients," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2007
  • "Ethical Considerations in International Patent Licenses," Practising Law Institute, 2006
  • "Know Your Boundaries! The Unauthorized Practice of Law," Practising Law Institute, 2005
  • "Ethics for the IP Practitioner," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2003
  • "Internet Law Institute," Practising Law Institute, 2003, 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Copyright Law, Seton Hall Law School, 2001-2004
  • "Trademark Basics for Attorneys," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000-2003
  • "Get Wired 2000: Practicing Arts, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law in the Digital Age," The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2000
  • "Basic Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2000, 2002
  • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 2000 Annual Meeting
  • "Internet Law," guest lecturer at Fordham University School of Law, 1998-2002
  • "Fair Use-Real, Virtual and Totally Virtual," Trademark Committee, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1997
  • "Legal Issues in the Agency Business," American Association of Advertising Agencies, 1997
  • "Understanding The Intellectual Property License," Practising Law Institute, 1997-2001
  • "Look-Alikes and Sound-Alikes, the Legal Implications," American Corporate Counsel Association, 1996
  • "Dispute Resolution Provisions in Copyright Related Contracts," The Copyright Society of the U.S.A., 1994
  • Section of Patent, Trademark & Copyright, American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, 1993
  • "How to Handle Basic Copyright and Trademark Problems," Practising Law Institute, 1990
Publications
  • "Antitrust Law in the United States," co-authored, Anglo-American Legal Language 3, February 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Former Trustee and Co-Chairman of the 1999 Annual Meeting, The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Law School Activities/Honors
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S.)
Bar/Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • New York
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