Alan conducts a general intellectual property (IP), transactional and entertainment law practice for clients in a broad range of industries including music, magazine and book publishing, recorded music, artist management, feature and documentary film production, merchandising, celebrity endorsements, photography, theatre and cabaret, television production, video and multimedia production, infomercials and direct marketing, software development and the Internet.
He has significant expertise in rights clearances and licensing for all media; in sales of music publishing catalogs; and in the fields of copyright, unfair competition, trademark, rights of privacy and publicity, and defamation and First Amendment law. His clients have included Farrar Straus & Giroux, Edythea Selman Literary Agency, numerous authors (including sales of motion picture rights, e.g., “Shrek”), Atlantic Records, Carly Simon, Patty Smythe, Iggy Pop, The Dave Clark 5, Laura Nyro, Dino De Laurentis, Maysles Films, Robert Duval’s documentary film company, and Cynthia Wade.
For the last 40 years, he has been a sole practitioner or name partner in various IP and entertainment law firms. At the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Alan was formerly the Chair of the Entertainment Law Committee and was a member of the Copyright Law Committee and the Technology & the Practice of Law Committee. He served also as the Association’s Project Leader for the Superhighway Working Group, which in the early 1990s prepared one of the country’s first in-depth analyses of the legal issues being presented by the commercial development of the Internet. He has taught entertainment law as an Adjunct Professor at Hofstra Law School and at the SUNY Purchase Law School, and, for over 15 years, was an advisor to the Intellectual Property Law Seminar at Columbia Law School.
Alan received his early legal training as house counsel at McCann-Erickson and as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He graduated from Columbia College (A.B. 1952; Dean’s List; Class President) and from Columbia Law School (LL.B. 1954; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Alan has been admitted to practice law in New York since 1955.