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Fross Zelnick elects James D. Weinberger and David A. Donahue to Partnership
NEW YORK, January, 2007 -Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C., a leading firm in the field of trademark, copyright, design and unfair competition law, announced today that it has elected James D. Weinberger and David A. Donahue to the partnership after serving as associates.
As members of Fross Zelnick's litigation and mediation group, Mr. Weinberger and Mr. Donahue focus on counseling and advising clients on intellectual property matters across a wide spectrum of industries.
Prior to joining Fross Zelnick in 2002, Mr. Weinberger practiced intellectual property law and general litigation as an associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP. He has litigated cases involving trademarks used in connection with digital copyright management software, celebrity-branded products, luxury goods, publishing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as copyright matters. He is currently a member of the defense team in the federal court action pertaining to the purported termination of copyright rights granted to DC Comics with respect to the Superman character.
Mr. Weinberger, 32, earned his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1999, and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the Carroll G. Harper Prize. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts. Mr. Weinberger received an undergraduate degree with honors in 1996 from Wesleyan University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and a guest instructor at the Columbia-VLA Clinical Seminar in Law & the Arts at Columbia Law School. His published works include “The Arbitrary Nature of Reverse Confusion Claims, Litigation and Enforcement Focus 2004,” in Managing Intellectual Property and “Baseball Trademark Licensing and the Antitrust Exemption: An Analysis of New York Yankees Partnership v. Major League Baseball Enterprises, Inc.,” in the Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts (1999).
Mr. Donahue joined Fross Zelnick in 2002 after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before that he was a litigation associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a law clerk for the Honorable Milton Pollack of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has successfully litigated many trademark infringement, copyright infringement and related matters in federal and state court. Recently, he helped Stephen Slesinger, Inc., thwart an attempt by Disney and the granddaughter of author A.A. Milne to terminate Slesinger's royalty rights relating to Winnie-the-Pooh and helped win a trademark infringement and dilution trial for the owners of U.S. rights to the world-famous DE BEERS trademark.
Mr. Donahue, 34, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1994 and a law degree from St. John's University School of Law in 1998, graduating magna cum laude. In law school he served as an associate editor of the St. John's Law Review and was awarded the full-tuition St. Thomas More Scholarship. Mr. Donahue is on the Board of Trustees of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and is a member of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He also is a frequent author and speaker on intellectual property matters and recently has given presentations on “Calculating Damages in Copyright and Trademark Infringement Cases” and “Termination of Transfers Under the U.S. Copyright Act.”
About Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
With nearly 50 lawyers, Fross Zelnick is the largest law firm in the world specializing exclusively in trademark, copyright, design and unfair competition law. Fross Zelnick's areas of expertise include managing global trademark and copyright portfolios, registering, protecting and defending trademarks and copyrights, Internet law, protecting character and publicity rights, design rights, and intellectual property due diligence audits and reviews.