The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Davis & Gilbert LLP, New York!
Founded more than a century ago, Davis & Gilbert LLP is one of the largest single-office law firms in New York City. They serve the legal needs of clients both throughout the United States (since many of their clients have multiple U.S. operations) and internationally as clients’ needs dictate. The firm represents a wide array of clients – from major brands and marketers of consumer products and services, to advertising and marketing agencies of all types and sizes, and media, technology, financial and real estate companies – throughout the United States and internationally. The range of legal services include advice, consulting and counseling, transactional drafting, review and negotiation, and dispute resolution and complex regulatory, self-regulatory and civil litigation.

Their 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 their clients ranges from large multinational holding companies to middle market companies, start-up businesses, individual investors, executives and sole proprietorships. Their 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. They also have expertise in debt and equity financings, securities offerings, corporate governance, SEC compliance, shareholder and partnership agreements and LLC operating agreements. In addition, their 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.
Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products
Davis & Gilbert’s Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products practice is focused on creating and executing viable legal solutions for companies and financial institutions dealing with financial distress and related litigation. They help clients in need of creative solutions to achieve financial goals or deal with the financial distress of customers, borrowers and other third parties. They help financial institutions manage distressed assets, unwind transactions and prosecute and defend litigation. They have also developed a niche practice representing the interests of advertising agencies and other marketing companies in the area of media liability.
Litigation
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. Their IP litigators are regularly engaged in disputes involving false advertising, unfair competition, trademark and copyright infringement and domain name protection and exploitation. Their experienced employment litigators focus on restrictive covenant, executive compensation, employment contract disputes, discrimination claims and wage and hour disputes. Their litigation group includes a former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and most of their 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.
Intellectual Property and Technology
Davis & Gilbert offers a full range of services in trademark, copyright, trade secret, right of publicity, licensing and computer law. Their expertise extends to such burgeoning areas as digital rights, domain name infringements and online promotion and marketing arrangements. Their trademark practice includes maintenance, protection and prosecution of their client’s trademark portfolios both in the United States and around the world. In addition, their 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. They 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. They are also working closely with their clients on how to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the most comprehensive and broadest privacy law in the United States.
Advertising, Marketing & Promotions
As the preeminent law firm for the advertising and marketing communications industry, they 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. They represent clients in all matters involving entertainment, intellectual property, interactive, integrated and traditional media, sales promotion, direct marketing, public relations and licensing. In addition, their attorneys focus 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 guerrilla.
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. They 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. Davis & Gilbert routinely handles many of Manhattan’s largest office lease transactions as ranked by Crain’s New York Business. In addition, their 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, West Elm and Banana Republic.
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, they 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, their 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 Entertainment, Media & Publishing, and Private Client Services. For additional information on the firm’s expertise, please visit their website at www.dglaw.com.
Michael Lasky
Telephone: +1 212.468.4849
Practice Groups: Litigation; Public Relations Law
Mitch Karsch
Telephone: +1 212.468.4860
Practice Groups: Corporate
Joseph Lewczak
Telephone: +1 212.468.4909
Practice Groups: Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Entertainment, Media & Publishing; Intellectual Property
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Lindsay Griffiths is the International Lawyers Network’s Executive Director. In this capacity, Ms. Griffiths is responsible for the oversight and management of day-to-day operations of the International Lawyers Network (ILN). She develops strategies and implementation plans to achieve the ILN’s goals, and handles recruitment, member retention, and a high level of service to members. She is engaged in the legal industry to stay on top of trends, both in law firms and law firm networks.

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