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Founded more than a century ago, Davis & Gilbert LLP is a full service law firm of more than 110 lawyers based in one office in New York City that represents a broad range of clients, including numerous service sector companies whose key assets are people and their ideas. The industries in which our clients operate include such dynamic fields as marketing communications, new media, publishing, fashion, retail, hospitality and financial services. Our attorneys work with our clients on virtually every type of legal issue, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financings, tax, litigation, labor and employment, executive benefits and compensation, intellectual property, new media, real estate, tax, wealth management and estate planning.

Our most prominent practices are:

Corporate and Tax
Davis & Gilbert represents hundreds of companies in the marketing communications sector, as well as businesses in a diverse range of fields, including financial institutions, software development companies, apparel manufacturers, food distributors, magazine publishers, cosmetics companies and restaurant chains. The size of our clients range from large multinational holding companies to middle market companies, start-up businesses, individual investors, executives and sole proprietorships. Our corporate attorneys have extensive experience in complex mergers and acquisitions and are at the forefront of structuring “earn-out” transactions on behalf of both sellers and purchasers. We also have expertise in debt and equity financings, securities offerings, corporate governance, SEC compliance, shareholder and partnership agreements and LLC operating agreements. In addition, our tax attorneys regularly provide advice on planning, structuring and negotiating tax-free reorganizations, taxable asset and stock purchases, spin-offs, corporate finance transactions, corporate recapitalizations and debt restructurings.

Davis & Gilbert’s litigation practice group has extensive experience in complex commercial, intellectual property and employment litigation. Representative complex litigation engagements typically involve financial services litigation, real estate disputes, consumer class actions, breach of contract claims, securities fraud claims, and state and governmental investigations. Our IP litigators are regularly engaged in disputes involving false advertising, unfair competition, trademark and copyright infringement and domain name protection and exploitation. Our experienced employment litigators focus on restrictive covenant, executive compensation, employment contract disputes, discrimination claims and wage and hour disputes. Our litigation group includes a former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York and most of our litigation attorneys have had prior litigation experience either in top tier federal or state clerkships, federal or state prosecutor’s office or at major national law firms.

Advertising, Marketing & Promotions
As the preeminent law firm for the advertising and marketing communications industry, we represent numerous multinational, national and regional advertising agencies, public relations firms, digital marketing agencies and sales promotions companies, as well as some of the largest advertisers and marketers in many different product categories, including those in the automotive, retailing, telecommunications, wireless communication, video games, computer, consumer electronics, publishing, membership services, entertainment, internet, alcoholic beverages, magazines and travel sectors. We represent clients in all matters involving entertainment, intellectual property, interactive, integrated and traditional media, sales promotion, direct marketing, public relations and licensing. In addition, our attorneys focuses on all kinds of promotional activities, including sweepstakes, skill contests, user generated content, sponsorships, charitable promotions, tie-ins and cutting-edge marketing techniques such as word-of-mouth, viral, and guerilla.

Intellectual Property and Technology
Davis & Gilbert offers a full range of services in trademark, copyright, trade secret, right of publicity, licensing and computer law. Our expertise extends to such burgeoning areas as digital rights, domain name infringements and online promotion and marketing arrangements. Our trademark practice includes maintenance, protection and prosecution of our client’s trademark portfolios both in the United States and around the world. In addition, our attorneys have developed specific experience in technology, digital media and privacy law as these issues now permeate all aspects of businesses – both online and offline. We advise clients on privacy laws and issues that include COPPA, GLB, HIPAA, ECPA, security breach notification laws, transborder data transfers, internal security practices and any other risks or threats that involve security concerns.

Real Estate
Davis & Gilbert offers one of the preeminent real estate practices in the country, representing clients in the ownership, leasing, conveyance and financing of properties for commercial, retail, development, investment or residential use. We regularly handle leasing for the top landlords in New York City such as Tishman Speyer, Vornado Realty Trust, SL Green Realty Corp. and SJP Properties and have negotiated leases for the headquarters of Gap Inc., Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and the National Football League. According to Crain’s New York Business, Davis & Gilbert was responsible for ten of Manhattan’s largest office leasing transactions for 2010, including eight transactions in the top twenty. In addition, our unique expertise in retail leasing makes Davis & Gilbert among the most sought-after real estate firms for the retail, restaurant and fashion industries, with clients such as Bank of America, Williams Sonoma, Pret A Manger, Boston Market, Michael Lomonaco and Chico’s.

Labor & Employment/Benefits & Compensation
Davis & Gilbert’s labor & employment attorneys have extensive experience counseling and advising companies on all types of employment and related litigation matters including, restrictive covenants, reductions-in-force, discrimination and wage and hour issues. In particular, we work with service sector companies on issues relating to rewarding and incentivizing their critical employees and protecting their relationships with their clients and other employees and confidential information. In addition, our benefits & compensation attorneys provide innovative and practical advice to clients regarding all matters pertaining to employee benefits and executive compensation, including equity compensation arrangements, deferred compensation plans, phantom equity programs, qualified pension and 401(k) plans and welfare plans.

Additional significant practice areas of the firm are Insolvency Solutions & Creditor’s Rights, Entertainment, Media & Publishing, and Private Client Services. For additional information on the firm’s expertise, please visit our website at

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Firm Contacts
Michael  Lasky Michael Lasky
Telephone: +1 212.468.4849

Practice Groups:
Litigation; Public Relations Law

ILN Specialty Groups:

Joseph  Lewczak Joseph Lewczak
Telephone: +1 212.468.4909

Practice Groups:
Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Entertainment, Media & Publishing; Intellectual Property

ILN Specialty Groups:
Intellectual Property

Mitchell  Karsch Mitchell Karsch
Telephone: +1 212.468.4860

Practice Groups:

ILN Specialty Groups:

Partners Practice Groups Telephone E-mail Address
Michael Lasky Litigation; Public Relations Law +1 212.468.4849
Joseph Lewczak Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Entertainment, Media & Publishing; Intellectual Property +1 212.468.4909
Mitchell Karsch Corporate +1 212.468.4860
Office Locations
New York, New York (Main Location)
1740 Broadway
New York, New York 10019 USA
Telephone: +1 212 468 4800
Facsimile: +1 212 468 4888
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