Rick Kurnit is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. He was recently named to Adweek's Top 50 Executives in Advertising – the only attorney so named — and was named Best Lawyers’ first New York Media Lawyer of the Year. He is ranked as a “Star” by Chambers USA; ranked first tier by Legal 500, and selected by Best Lawyers in America's annual survey in six fields: Advertising, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Media, Copyright and Trademark. Rick is a well-known expert in all areas of advertising and branded content and “native” advertising, and has handled many of the leading cases defining the application of intellectual property law to advertising and marketing communications. Rick also represents executives and creatives in their employment negotiations and partnership agreements.
Rick is a past Vice Chair of the ABA Committee on Private Advertising Litigation. He has handled many false advertising cases and cases of intellectual property infringement in advertising and marketing communications, including representing the defendants in the Vanna White, Woody Allen, and Jackie Onassis look-alike cases; Viking Press, Nelson DeMille, Terry McMillan, and other authors and publishers in libel cases based on works of fiction; Prodigy in the Stratton Oakmont case and other cases defining online liability; John Deere in defining use of trademarks in comparative advertising; the maker of a smaller copy of the necklace from Titanic in defining the scope of parallel marketing; and Gone With The Wind in defining parody and copyright infringement. Rick has also handled numerous comparative advertising cases and NAD challenges.
In addition to all aspects of marketing communications, Rick advises companies and individuals on mergers, acquisitions, succession plans, employment agreements, partnership agreements, and phantom equity plans.
Rick teaches advertising and intellectual property law and lectures regularly for the 4 A’s, ANA, BAA, the Copyright Society, and the American Law Institute. He has repeatedly been a guest lecturer at Beijing University; Harvard, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Fordham, New York and Cardozo Law Schools; and conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America.
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