Morrison Rothman LLP

About

Who We Are

History

Prior to Morrison Rothman, Ryan and Ali had worked together for years servicing a variety of industries. Ryan built a practice around video games and digital entertainment, while Ali built a career in the fashion and consumer goods industries. To their surprise, they found that while from different worlds, these clients were more similar than they realized, and their individual specialties complimented each other seamlessly. Their backgrounds in intellectual property law and their foundations in various practice areas gave them the ability to offer their clients a full array of legal services. It became an obvious decision to cultivate their own practice, one that would effectively intersect their expertise with their respective interests. They believe that what makes a creative business thrive is the passion that drives it.

 
 

Attorneys

 
 
 
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founding Partner

Ryan Morrison

Ryan has made a name for himself within the legal industry as someone focused on making sure the law protects everyone, not just the financially superior. Whether it be matters of intellectual property, complex contract issues or just making sure you are comfortable as you take your company forward into the future, Ryan has handled it all. Deemed “The Video Game Attorney” by the countless developers he has helped through his free online legal Q&A’s, Ryan understands that this new and innovative industry requires a new and innovative approach to law. While his passion will forever rest within games and esports, Ryan has taken his experience in keeping his clients protected and comfortable into other areas of entertainment as well. He successfully has and continues to represent large clients in the music, television, podcasting, and film industries.

 

Education

New York Law School
Juris Doctor, 2013

SUNY Albany
B.A., History & Communication, 2009

Activities & Affiliations

  • Esports Bar Association – Vice President

  • New York Bar Association

  • Video Game Bar Association

  • International Game Developer Association – Business and Legal Group

  • American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Law Committee Member

  • American Bar Association – Digital Games and New Media Committee Member

Articles, Publications, and Lectures

 

 
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founding Partner

Allison Rothman

Allison has an extensive background of working at and acting as outside counsel protecting the intellectual property rights of the world’s largest fashion, luxury goods, jewelry, video game, esports, and entertainment brands. Allison has handled all forms of trademark and copyright matters including online investigation and enforcement. Allison received her Juris Doctor degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she focused her studies on intellectual property.

 

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2012

University of Miami
B.S., Economics, 2008

Activities & Affiliations

  • New York Bar Association

  • Esports Bar Association

  • Video Game Bar Association

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

  • International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)

Representative Matters

  • Otter Products, LLC v. Sell Phone Basement, LLC, 17-CV-06429 (S.D.N.Y)

    • Attorney for Otterbox against a company caught distribution counterfeit cell phone cases on the Internet. Otterbox was awarded a Permanent Injunction after a settlement.

 

 
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Senior Counsel

Keith Cooper

Keith L. Cooper practices business and entertainment law. Although he has extensive litigation experience, including matters involving contracts, copyrights, trademarks, defamation, privacy rights and business disputes, his primary focus over the last decade has been dedicated to representing clients in transactional, financial and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Cooper’s entertainment practice includes negotiating and drafting agreements related to recording, publishing, licensing, merchandising, authorship, songwriting, production, management, filmmaking, television and distribution. He has represented musicians, songwriters, arrangers, actors, directors, producers, photographers and designers.

Mr. Cooper has also represented a number of entities and individuals in business matters. This includes representing start-ups, technology and software companies, game developers, esports teams, production entities, design studios and general business companies. Here, Mr. Cooper has established (or facilitated dissolution of) numerous corporations, LLCs and Partnerships. He has worked with clients on corporate governance and compliance, capital and business acquisitions, equity grants, business plans, private placement memorandum, investor/disclosure documents and employment matters; as well as negotiating and drafting myriad contracts related to all of the above. His work also includes intellectual property acquisition, protection and licensing; as well as drafting privacy policies, GDPR compliance, and terms of use.

Lastly, Mr. Cooper has significant direct experience in the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was Project Manager for the Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards) and implemented the inaugural Entertainment Law Initiative. Thereafter, he co-founded a video streaming company. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Cooper worked at Geffen Records and Atlantic Records, and was the proprietor of a highly successful entertainment company promoting rock bands and clubs

 

Education

Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1994

University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Political Science, 1988

Activities & Affiliations

  • The Recording Academy/Advocacy Committee

  • California Lawyers for the Arts

  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association - Business & Entertainment

  • California Copyright Conference

Speaker, Panelist, Moderator

  • Expert Witness: Fahmy v. Jay Z, (copyright infringement/derivative work claim)

  • Co-Author – Streaming/downloading: technology, economics and popularity (International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Book – MIDEM, June, 2015)

  • Guest Speaker: Business Issues for Bands, San Jose State University

  • Guest Speaker: Business Issues for Artists (CLA Continuing Education Series)

  • Guest Speaker: Intellectual Property Protection, Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs

  • Guest Speaker: Intellectual Property Licensing (CLA workshop, Encino)

  • Guest Speaker: Copyright Law & Fair Use, Burbank Unified School District

  • Guest Speaker: Copyright and Licensing Basics (CLA Workshop, Santa Monica)

  • Moderator: Monetization of Digital Music, GRAMMY Museum (2015)

  • Moderator: Democratization of Music & Decline of Record Labels, Boalt Hall (Berkeley)

  • Moderator: Music Apps, IP licensing and the 360 Deal, Ex’pression College

  • Moderator: Crossing the Digital Music Divide, 32nd Annual CLA Music Industry Seminar

  • Panelist: Digital Distribution of Music, Int’l Assoc. of Entertainment Attorneys, Hastings

  • Panelist: Technology & Impact on Creativity & Music Economics, Black Box, Sacramento

  • Panelist: The Economics of Music in the Digital Era, Electric Lodge, Venice

  • Panelist: Live Music Performance Strategy, 28th Annual CLA Music Industry Seminar

  • Panelist: Licensing for Gaming, Motion Pictures and Television, Boalt Hall (Berkeley)

  • Moot Court Judge, Hastings School of Law, (2006 to 2014)

  • Mock Trial Coach, Constitutional Rights Foundation Trial Competition, (2012 & 2013)

  • Chair of Entertainment, Arts and Sports Clinic (2nd and 3rd year, PSU law school)

 

 
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Associate

Noah Downs

Noah Downs is a video game lawyer passionate about helping his clients develop, evolve, and grow within this increasingly competitive industry. Noah’s background in business law and intellectual property law allows him to help content creators, game studios, and entrepreneurs alike in unique and innovative ways. Noah has worked with businesses both large and small across a wide range of industries including music, film, television, gaming, and digital content creation.

 

Articles, Publications, and Lectures

Education

University of Richmond - School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2015

Virginia Tech
B.A., Political Science; Theater Arts, 2012

 

 
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Associate

Adam Gertz

Adam is an attorney with extensive experience in entertainment, video game, and digital media law. Adam's journey to Morrison Rothman was somewhat nontraditional. After law school, Adam worked as counsel for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In addition to presiding over numerous technology transactions on behalf of the City of Los Angeles, Adam also served as Mayor Garcetti's Cybersecurity Policy Director. In that capacity, Adam created the Los Angeles Cyber Lab, the nation's first regional public private partnership for cybersecurity information sharing. After several rewarding years at the Mayor's Office, Adam transitioned to private practice where he handled IP licensing and registration, as well as privacy, corporate transactional matters, and business litigation. 

 
 

 
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Associate

Zita R. Brack

Zita is a team oriented attorney with strong leadership skills and excels in demanding environments, all while balancing multiple priorities and providing exceptional service to each client.

She advises clients on complex matters involving brand partnerships, television and film development, copyright and trademark, music rights and services, and advertising and marketing.  She also provides advice and counsel on a broad range of entertainment matters including acquisitions, literary options, production services, influencer agreements and personal services agreements. With extensive experience in music, film and new media Ms. Brack structures and negotiates deals for recording artists, music producers, songwriters, production companies, directors and on-screen talent. 

Ms. Brack served as an in house business and legal affairs associate for a major media company and worked on projects such as Fifty Shades Freed Soundtrack, Fast & Furious Soundtrack, Girls Trip, Skinner's Dress Suit, Jurassic Park, The Mummy and Happy Death Day just to name a few.  

She is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Medal Award and the Witkin Award for Excellence.  She is also an active member of the National Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, and John M. Langston Bar Association. 

 
 

 
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LAW CLERK

Mary Zaghikian

Mary received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2018. During law school, Mary worked towards a career in entertainment and digital media by interning for Sony Interactive Entertainment (PlayStation), Mattel, William Morris Endeavor, and Gaumont Television. She also served as a clinician for UCLA's Documentary Film Clinic, and has worked on a variety of talent, production, and distribution agreements. Prior to law school, Mary received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, where she amassed a background in law and politics, and appeared as a guest panelist for the election episodes of Larry King Live.

 
 

 
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PRivacy OF COUNSEL

Shaq Katikala

Shaq Katikala is a privacy attorney with extensive experience in technology and entertainment law. He has reviewed over 10,000 privacy policies, teaches artificial intelligence, and has worked with both Fortune 100 companies and garage startups. His practice areas include intellectual property, advertising, regulatory compliance, telecommunications, business, gaming, First Amendment, and cybersecurity law. Fluent in the language of lawyers, technologists, and business people, Shaq is a well-rounded, diligent counsel for your business.

In addition to being an experienced technology attorney, Shaq has a long history in programming and data science that helps him present practical, implementable solutions to legal problems. He’s built software to flag compliance issues including privacy policy scanners and data collection analysis tools. Using statistical techniques, he decoded a secret messaging system used by Anonymous and other hacker groups in the Bitcoin blockchain. He won a national hackathon hosted by Uber, is co-founder of RenterPeace (a web app to help tenants with landlord issues), and is currently a lead data science instructor at General Assembly.

 

Education

Stanford University
Partial Graduate Certificate, Mining Massive Data Sets, 2015

New York Law School of Law
Juris Doctor, Law Review, 2013

New College of Florida
B.A., Philosophy/Economics, 2010

Activities & Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Bar

  • New York Bar Association

  • DC Bar Association

  • DC Tech Policy Happy Hour

  • General Assembly, Lead Instructor

  • Data Science Association

Articles, Publications, and Lectures

  • Data Compliance Workshop – Connected TV World Summit – 2017

  • FTC Smart TV Industry Panel – Federal Trade Commission’s Smart TV Workshop – 2016

  • Inspired Speaker: Tutorial on Testing Opt-Outs and Understanding Online Tracking – IAPP Global Summit – 2016

  • Emerging Technologies: Addressable TV, Programmable TV, and DOOH, NAI Summit, 2016

  • Winner – Uber & Department of Transportation’s Hack the Last Mile Hackathon – 2016

  • Practical De-Identification Workshop – Future of Privacy Forum – 2015

  • Using Privacy by Design to Manage Your Cross-Device Platform – NAI Summit – 2015

  • “Mobile Choices” – NAI – 2015

  • “Guidance for NAI Members: Determining Whether Location is Imprecise” – NAI – 2015

  • What You Can Learn from a Privacy Policy Scanner – IAPP Practical Privacy Series – 2014

  • “Looking Toward the Future: NAI’s New Compliance Software” – NAI – 2014

  • “The Hacker’s Code: Finding Bitcoin Thieves Through the Similarity and Status Claims Between Users” – Stanford University – 2013

  • “Inside the U.S.’s Ridiculous Plan to Make Sure ‘Made in China’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Stolen From America'” – Mic – 2013

  • TV Interview on Google Glass Privacy – Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WRK) – 2013

  • “3 New Ways Google Glass Invades Your Privacy” – Mic – 2013

  • “Supreme Court’s FISA Decision is Trashing the First Amendment” – Mic – 2013

 

 
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Patent OF COUNSEL

Howard Eichenblatt

Howard is a registered patent attorney and has done extensive patent work in for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses in the fields of software, hardware, medical devices, and various mechanical arts fields. Before opening his own practice, Howard enjoyed several years of experience as a researcher at Rutgers University, investigating the stress and shear properties of pharmaceutical machinery and the biomemedial activities of microorganisms. Subsequently, Howard worked at SPC, A Brady Business, as a Research and Development Engineer, where he designed and built multiple machines for ultra-hazardous dust control. Also, Howard is an instructor at the Brooklyn Law School Incubator & Policy Clinic.

 
 

 
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OF COUNSEL

Cam Rogers

Cam is an experienced screen industry lawyer, based out of Australia, with over ten years’ experience in working in interactive entertainment. Cam has previously worked in private practice as a production lawyer, and as in-house legal counsel and business affairs adviser. He now operates his own boutique practice with a focus on video game development and distribution, eSports and entertainment law, including all aspects of contract, employment and trademark law.

Cam is experienced in licensing original IP into various formats including games, films, television, toys, collectibles and other merchandise and has negotiated agreements on behalf of clients with Disney, Bandai Namco, Sony (PS), Marvel, Nickelodeon, and many others.