Guy R. Cohen of Davis+Gilbert LLP

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Guy Cohen is a seasoned trial lawyer with more than 25 years of diverse litigation, arbitration and mediation experience. Best known for his exceptional intellectual property litigation results, Guy also helps clients resolve a wide variety of commercial disputes involving restrictive covenants, agency-client agreements, exclusive distribution agreements, partnership agreements and real estate leases. 

Guy leverages practical knowledge and years of litigation experience to assess the risk and cost of each case. His business-focused solutions often allow clients to avoid litigation altogether or negotiate prompt, cost-effective settlements. When litigation is necessary, Guy digs in and fights hard. A skilled writer, a dogged interrogator and a consummate courtroom advocate, Guy presents legal positions powerfully and persuasively to judges and adversaries alike.

For long-term and new clients of all sizes, Guy has built an impressive track record of success in a variety of intellectual property cases. He secures favorable results for major corporations and marketing companies in copyright, trademark and right-of-publicity disputes. He has also prosecuted high-profile copyright infringement cases for individual plaintiffs. Guy is equally equipped to represent global companies in trade secret litigation or defend employees accused of misappropriating confidential information or violating post-employment restrictive covenants.

In addition to his robust IP litigation practice, Guy draws on deep experience to defend employment discrimination disputes at trial and in arbitration. He also guides owners of closely held businesses through matters involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and related claims of misconduct.

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Street Art, Copyright Infringement, and De Minimis Use

The legal protections afforded to graffiti and “street art” artists have gained increased visibility in recent months. But while street art may be entitled to certain protections under the law, not every use of street art without permission will violate an artist’s rights. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District … Continue Reading

Can the First Amendment Trump the Right of Publicity?

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