Partner Levine Samuel, LLP.
800 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10017;
Telephone (212) 596-0851
Born London, England.
US Air Force (1956-1960)
Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1962); City University of the City of New York (M.A., 1965); New York University (Ph.D., 1968, Founders Day Scholar); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1975).
Teaching: New York University (Fellow); Queens College of the City University of New York (Ass’t Professor English). Faculty member, Lawline.com: CLE presentations on copyright and contracts (jointly with Sheila J. Levine, Esq); and trademarks, domain names, & cybersquatting disputes (three sessions).
Admitted to bar New York State, 1976: U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1976
Arbitration and mediation. Panel of neutrals for commercial and IP disputes for the American Arbitration Association; panel of mediators for the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division; and panel of mediators for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Arbitration appointments for contract and real estate disputes; mediation, varied, commercial and employment.
Represents authors, literary agents, small publishers; entrepreneurs, Internet start ups, real property owners and lessees.
Focus of practice, Intellectual Property transactions and rights management, contracts, strategic counseling on copyright and trademark registrations; domain name and Internet law, cybersquatting claims; defamation and privacy reviews of manuscripts.
Litigation and trial experience includes representing clients in Commercial disputes (contracts, licensing and leasing agreements); Real Estate (commercial and residential owners and tenants, real estate brokers).
Arbitration and Mediation
“Mediation: The Talking Cure,” Industry Today (March 3, 2015);
“The Forum of Choice for Arbitrating Cyberquatting,” NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Spring 2014, Vol. 7, No. 1.
”Challenging Arbitration Agreements for Unconscionability,” Dispute Resolution Journal, 24-28 (Nov. 2010 – Jan. 2011) (American Arbitration Association).
Contributor of commentaries and blogs for the York State Bar Association, ADR Section Roundtable.
Treatise, Trademarks, Domain Names, & Cybersquatting. DOMAIN NAME ARBITRATION, A Practical Guide (Legal Corner Press, 558 pages), August 2015 print edition; September e-book edition. The book is described more fully in <legalcornerpress.com>.
“The Role of Investors in Marketing Literary Works, Independent Publisher (April 2015);
“Authors and Domain Names,” Independent Publisher (May 2015);
“Garnishing Domain Names: Are They Contracts or Property, New York Law Journal, April 8, 2015;
“Understanding Legal Options Used to Fight Cybersquatting,” Network World (Jan 14, 2015);
“Advantages and Approaches in Registering Trademarks,” N.Y.L.J., December 30, 2014;
“Opportunistic Registrations of Domain Names: What Is Going On and What Tools are Available for Trademark Owners?, NYSBA, IP Section journal, Bright Ideas, Fall 2014;
Internet and Domain Name Arbitration (Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy)
Creator and Author of commentaries on trademarks and domain names on <iplegalcorner.com>
“How Cases are Decided under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy,” N.Y.L.J., January 31, 2005.
“Research on the Web: Internet Resources in Law and Business,” N.Y.L.J., Nov. 12 and 19, 1996.
Analyses of arbitration decisions from panelists appointed by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Forum. Numerous posts on the LexisNexis Trademark Blog, 2008-2009.
Publishing Law (Contracts and Copyright)
Creator and Author (with Sheila J. Levine, Esq.) Commentaries and Blog posts on publishing and copyright law, <www.iplegalcorner>.
“The Role of Investors in Marketing Literary Works,” Independent Publisher (Apr. 16 2015).
Real Property Law
“‘Havana Central’: Tort Liability and Holdover Tenants,” N.Y.L.J., July 9, 2008, pg 4.
“New York’s Rent Regulation Reform Act of 1997,” The Real Estate Finance Journal, Winter 1998 (with Tracy A. Caras).
“Materiality Standard Under Martin Act,” N.Y.L.J., July 27, 1988 (with Donald S. Snider).
“Insurance for CERCLA Claims: The Premium Pays for What?” Loyola Consumer Law Report, Vol. 4, No. 3, Spring, 1992.
“The Rhetoric of Public Expectation,” 9 Pace Envtl. L. Rev., Vol. 8:2 (Spring 1991).
“Qualifying for the Innocent Purchaser/Landowner Defense Under CERCLA,” NYSBAJ Envtl. Section Journal, Summer 1991.
“Spreading Costs for Cleaning Up Contaminated Property: Contribution and Indemnification Under CERCLA,” New York State Bar Journal, July/August 1991, Vol. 63, No. 5.
“A Prolegomenon to Understanding the Developer’s True Statutory Responsibilities Under SEQRA,” Touro Law Review, Spring, 1989 (with Donald S.Snider).
“SEQRA: Declaration of Nonsignificance and Issuing a Negative Declaration,” New York State Bar Journal, July 1986, Vol. 58, No.5 (with Donald S. Snider).
“Strict Liability for Contaminating State’s Groundwater Resources,” N.Y.L.J., April 29, 1986 (with Donald S. Snider).
“Negative Declarations Under Environmental Quality Review Act,” N.Y.L.J., December 13, 1985 (with Donald S. Snider).
“The New York State Environmental Quality Review Act of 1975: An Analysis of the Parties’ Responsibilities in the Review/Permit Request Process, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. XII: 1, 1983-84.
Continuing Legal Education. Faculty Member Lawline.com. Forthcoming Panel discussion, October 11, 2015, Trademarks, Domain Names, & Cybersquatting