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Hot Topics in Advertising Law 2014


Speaker(s): Allison Lucas, Ashima A. Dayal, August T. Horvath, Brinsley Dresden, Christine L. DeLorme, Christopher R. Chase, Eli Bard, James Cooper, Jane G. Pollack, Jane M. Azia, Jennifer E. Fried, Jeremy Feigelson, Joseph I. Marchese, Kathryn L. Farrara, Matthew P. Fitzpatrick, Michael R. Reese, Paul R. Tremblay, Randi W. Singer, Sanford P. Dumain
Recorded on: Jun. 2, 2014
PLI Program #: 51014

Jennifer Fried is a senior staff attorney at NAD. Prior to joining NAD, Jennifer worked as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and as an assistant editor at The American Lawyer magazine.

As a law student, Jennifer interned for the Honorable Richard Conway Casey of the Southern District of New York and for the United States Senate Office of Legislative Counsel. She earned her B.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Christine Lee DeLorme is an attorney advisor to FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny.  She advises the Commissioner on a variety of consumer protection issues, including advertising, privacy, and financial fraud.  Ms. DeLorme has previously served as an attorney advisor to former FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, and as an attorney in the FTC Division of Advertising Practices, where her work focused on health-related advertising claims for foods and dietary supplements.

Before joining the FTC in 2004, Ms. DeLorme was a trial attorney with the National Criminal Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.

Ms. DeLorme received an A.B. in History and a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University in 1996 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000.


ASHIMA A. DAYAL
Partner
Advertising, Marketing & Promotion

Ashima A. Dayal is a partner in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Entertainment, Media & Sports; Intellectual Property; and Digital Media, Technology & Privacy Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert. Ms. Dayal is also a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Her practice concentrates on advising the firm’s advertising, media and entertainment clients on all aspects of copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and defamation law. Additionally, she has considerable experience resolving complex issues and disputes raising false advertising, unfair competition, misappropriation of idea, e-commerce and contract concerns, and regularly participates in litigation and other adversarial proceedings related to these areas of law. Ms. Dayal has argued before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Southern District of New York. Ms. Dayal also counsels clients on entertainment union and guild issues pertaining to television, radio and Internet advertising.

Ms. Dayal negotiates, drafts and reviews a wide array of agreements on both the advertiser and advertising agency sides, including licenses for use of entertainment, fine art and literary materials, production agreements, talent agreements, sponsorship agreements, agency/client agreements and contracts in the new media field.

Ms. Dayal’s clients include a diverse range of media and entertainment and consumer products companies, including the online travel agency Travelocity, the video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software, the B2B publishers American Lawyer Media and Penton Media, the public television program producer and broadcaster WNET, the test preparation service provider Kaplan, the online food ordering service Seamless, and the online social network Tagged. Additionally, Ms. Dayal has been retained by numerous authors, filmmakers, designers and other creative professionals to advise and advocate on their behalf, on matters ranging from intellectual property clearance, to licensing negotiations, to all manner of disputes.

Ms. Dayal has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. 2014 in the area of intellectual property: copyright. She is a regular speaker on intellectual property and marketing law issues and has lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM College) and Fordham University among others.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Dayal was an entertainment publicist at the Fox Broadcasting Company and at the New York office of Baker Winokur Ryder Public Relations. While in law school, Ms. Dayal was Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Ms. Dayal formerly was an intellectual property attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.


August T. Horvath

August Horvath is a partner in the firm's New York office. He focuses his practice on advertising law and antitrust matters.

Mr. Horvath represents clients in private false advertising and deceptive practices litigation before the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Consumer Protection Bureau and the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, and in courts around the country.

Mr. Horvath’s antitrust experience includes litigating both civil and criminal cases before the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division; FTC investigations and litigation related to conduct and mergers and acquisitions; self-regulatory challenges before the NAD and network advertising clearance services; and private litigation, including class actions with millions of class members.

Mr. Horvath provides legal counsel to assist clients with establishing marketing programs that comply with advertising rules and regulations from the outset of their marketing plan development. His graduate training and hands-on experience in survey research and statistical analysis have enhanced his skills in developing substantiation protocols, designing and assessing research into the implied meaning of advertising claims and working with and against expert witnesses.

Mr. Horvath has helped a wide variety of companies in fields such as pharmaceuticals, retailing, sporting and other consumer goods, and online Internet services reach their marketing, distribution and competitive goals, while overcoming complex challenges of advertising law and antitrust barriers.


Brinsley Dresden, Partner, Head of Advertising and Marketing Law Practice, Lewis Silkin LLP

Brinsley Dresden is an intellectual property lawyer, and a recognised leader in the field of advertising and marketing. He advises on all aspects of advertising, marketing and sales promotion law and regulation, including clearance work, commercial and IP disputes, dealing with the regulatory authorities and commercial agreements in the advertising sector.

He is the only lawyer included in the “A-list” of the 500 most influential figures in the UK advertising industry published by Campaign, the UK advertising industry’s leading trade magazine. Brinsley is ranked in Band 1 for Advertising & Marketing by both Chambers Directory and the Legal 500.

After qualifying at a major London law firm, he spent nearly 3 years as an in-house lawyer at British Telecommunications, where he was dedicated to providing full-time legal support to the Marketing Department. Being co-located with the marketers, rather than in the separate legal department, he was immersed in their work, whether it was helping to formulate the communications for a new pricing package, defending a trading standards investigation, or formulating a competitor complaint.

He joined Lewis Silkin in 1996 and became a partner in 1999, and during that time he has advised some of the world’s leading brand owners across a wide range of sectors (alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, automotive, aviation, fashion, insurance, FMCG, utilities, engineering, food and drinks). He has also advised advertising, public relations, sales promotion, design, digital and social media agencies and including some of the leading independent agencies in the UK and USA, as well as operating companies from several of the world’s global networks.

He is also a member of the Advertising Law Group and the sole UK member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance.

The Chambers Directory 2014 said “Brinsley Dresden is regarded as ‘dynamic’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ by senior market figures. He advises on all facets of commercial and regulatory advertising and marketing work.”

The Legal 500 2014 Edition said “Lewis Silkin LLP’s core strength lies in advertising and marketing work; the team represents major agencies and brand owners on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. Brinsley Dresden represented Marks and Spencer plc in relation to an Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigation regarding use of the ‘Made to Measure’ phrase for the client’s online clothing service; and advised Saatchi & Saatchi on actor Kevin Bacon’s contract for EE’s advertising campaign.”


Christopher R. Chase

Christopher R. Chase is Counsel to Frankfurt Kurnit where he practices intellectual property, advertising, sports, and entertainment law. He counsels entities and individuals in the advertising and entertainment industries on all aspects of their businesses, including rights clearance (such as copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity), regulatory matters, and risk assessment. He structures and negotiates creative services agreements, commercial production agreements, brand and celebrity licensing agreements, sponsorship and event promotion agreements, celebrity talent and on-camera agreements, content distribution agreements, media agreements, and content releases and licenses. Further, he has vast experience addressing music issues, including structuring and negotiating master use and sync licenses for commercials, video games, television productions, and films, music distribution agreements, artist/band services, appearance, and promotion agreements, and concert sponsorships.

Additionally, he works with numerous clients in the sports industry, including counseling a major sports league on branded entertainment, intellectual property, and promotional matters, advising both sponsors and properties on the structure and negotiation of sponsorship and endorsement arrangements, counseling agency clients that activate sponsors’ marketing campaigns, advising major sports apparel and footwear companies on marketing campaigns, and counseling a major University on its media rights agreement in the wake of the athletic conference realignment. Mr. Chase has been quoted in Sports Business Journal on various legal issues and is a founder of the firm's sports law group.

Mr. Chase’s practice also includes counseling entertainment, advertising, sports, media, and fashion industry clients on the clearance, selection, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks worldwide, as well as prosecuting trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and participating in actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Chase is a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Sports Lawyers Association, the International Trademark Association, the National Sports Marketing Network, and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Chase was a litigation associate at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP. Mr. Chase is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and the Parsons, New School of Design.


Eli Bard 
Deputy Chief Counsel 
Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Primary Areas of Practice

Litigation

Law School

Emory University, J.D. 1989

Work History

Associate: Mayer, Brown & Platt, Proskauer Rose, LLP

Professional Memberships

ABA, Copyright Society, INTA.


Jane Azia has been the Chief of the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection in under Attorney General Eric Schneiderman since May 2011. From April 2007 through April 2011, she served as the Director of Non-Depository Institutions and Consumer Protection for the New York State Banking Department where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable consumer protection laws and that consumers have access to and receive financial products and services that are fair and not predatory. Prior to joining the Banking Department, Jane worked for nearly twenty-five years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York Attorney General in the Consumer and Internet bureaus. Jane has worked on a wide range of consumer issues, including predatory lending, credit and financial services, advertising, retail sales, health care, insurance, product safety, housing, telecommunications, telemarketing, food and drugs, privacy and online services. Recent enforcement efforts have focused on predatory lending practices, mortgage servicing, debt collection and student and health related issues.


Jane Pollack is a Director and Associate General Counsel at Citigroup Inc. In this role, she provides legal counsel to Citi’s Global Consumer Marketing & Internet Organization, the business unit responsible for advertising the company’s consumer products and services. In addition, Jane provides legal support to Citi’s corporate sponsorship team and has worked on a variety of sponsorships including Citi Bike, Citi Field and 2012, 2014 and 2016 US Olympics and Paralympics teams. In her previous role as a Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Citi, Jane served as business counsel to Citi’s various rewards programs, including ThankYou Rewards and provided advertising legal support for Citi Cards.

Prior to joining Citi, Jane was an associate in the Competition and Intellectual Property & Media Law practice Groups at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. She was also an associate in the Advertising, Marketing & Media Law Practice Group at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP and served as the General Counsel at FAIR Health, Inc., a non-profit set up by then Attorney General Cuomo. Jane was a James Kent Scholar at Columbia University School of Law and graduated with honors from Wesleyan University.


Jeremy Feigelson is a litigation partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media Group and leads the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. He frequently represents clients in litigations and government investigations that involve the Internet and new technologies. His practice includes litigation and counseling on privacy, trademark, false advertising, copyright, and defamation matters. Mr. Feigelson has a broad and active practice in financial services matters, including securities litigation, investment management disputes and counseling of fund boards, the conduct of internal reviews, defense of government investigations, and complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Feigelson regularly speaks and writes on legal issues involving intellectual property, technology and privacy. He has served on the Communications Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the Special Committee on Cyberspace Law of the New York State Bar Association. His recent publications include “New York State Department Of Financial Services Expands Its Cyber Focus To Insurers,” FC&S Legal (April, 2015), “Cyber Security: The Burden Approaches the Boardroom,” NACD Directorship (October, 2013) and “United States v. Hamilton,” E-Commerce Law Reports (May, 2013).

Mr. Feigelson joined Debevoise in 1992 and became a partner in 2001. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1984. He received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991, where he was admitted to the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the Law Review. From 1991 to 1992, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Milton I. Shadur, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Feigelson has a longstanding commitment to public service. Prior to law school he worked in a variety of positions in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York City. From 2011 to 2014 he chaired the Government Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He serves as a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for the Homeless, on the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.

Bar Admissions

New York

Education

University of Chicago Law School, 1991, J.D.

Princeton University, 1984, A.B.


Joseph I. Marchese is a Partner with Bursor & Fisher, P.A. Joe focuses his practice on complex business litigation and consumer class actions. Prior to joining Bursor & Fisher, Joe was a litigation associate with DLA Piper where he represented investment banks, insurance carriers, food manufacturers and tobacco companies.

Joe is admitted to the State Bar of New York and is a member of the bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.

Joe graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2002 where he was a Member of The Public Interest Law Journal. In 1998, Joe graduated with honors from Bucknell University where he earned a B.S.B.A.


Kathryn L. Farrara

Kathryn is a Senior Marketing Counsel for Unilever United States, where she handles a variety of brands in the personal care, food and beverage categories. In addition, Kathryn serves as an adjunct professor for New York Law School where she teaches Advertising & Media Law as part of the Institute for Information Law & Policy job track program. Prior to joining Unilever and NYLS, Kathryn was a Senior Attorney and advertising review specialist for the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Advertising Self Regulatory Council (ASRC).


Matthew Fitzpatrick
Director & Associate General Counsel – Beauty Care and Fabric & Home Care
The Procter & Gamble Co.

Matthew Fitzpatrick is currently Director & Associate General Counsel – Beauty Care and Fabric & Home Care for The Procter & Gamble Company and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked in the legal department at P&G since 1996 in various roles starting as intellectual property counsel focusing on patent practice in P&G’s feminine care and baby care businesses. In 2006 he was appointed Associate General Counsel for P&G’s North American baby care business with responsibility for intellectual property, advertising, and other commerical law matters. Between 2008 and 2012 Matt lived in Kobe, Japan with his family and was responsible for P&G’s intellectual property department and operations throughout Asia. His current assignment includes legal support for advertising, claim substantiation, product registration and regulation, and brand support activities for the brands in P&G’s beauty and fabric & home care businesses.

Prior to joining P&G, Matt was a nuclear safety analysis and licensing engineer at the Clavert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in sourthern Maryland. Matt received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Ohio Bar, is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Michael R. Reese

Mr. Reese litigates consumer and antitrust cases as class actions and on behalf of individual clients. Prior to entering private practice in 2000, Mr. Reese served as an assistant district attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he served as a trial attorney prosecuting both violent and white-collar crime.

Mr. Reese and his firm frequently work with non-profit groups to address deceptive marketing and advertising. For example, Mr. Reese and his firm are currently co-lead counsel with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”) in several matters, including In re Glaceau Vitaminwater Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation. Mr. Reese and his firm also frequently work with Public Justice, among other non-profit consumer advocacy groups.

Achievements by Mr. Reese on behalf of consumers span a wide array of actions. For example, in Yoo v. Wendy’s International Inc., Mr. Reese was appointed class counsel by the court and commended on achieving a settlement that eliminated trans fat from a popular food source. See Yoo v. Wendy’s Int’l Inc., No. 07-CV-04515-FMC (JCx) (C.D. Cal. 2007) (stating that counsel “has conducted the litigation and achieved the Settlement with skill, perseverance and diligent advocacy”). In Chin v. RCN Corporation, Mr. Reese was appointed class counsel and commended by the court for stopping RCN’s practice of throttling its Internet customers through adverse network management practices. See Chin v. RCN Corp., No. 08-CV-7349(RJS)(KNF), 2010 WL 3958794, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96302 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 8, 2010).

Mr. Reese is a frequent lecturer on issues of food litigation and class actions. Recently, Mr. Reese has been a speaker at the Perrin Conference Annual Food Litigation held in Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Resnick Food Litigation Conference. Mr. Reese will be teaching a class on Aggregate Litigation at the Brooklyn School of Law starting in September of 2014.

Mr. Reese is a member of the state bars of New York and California as well as numerous federal courts. Mr. Reese received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia in 1996 and his bachelor’s degree from New College in 1993.


Paul R. Tremblay is a Clinical Professor of Law Boston College Law School.  From 2012-2015 he served as the school’s Associate Dean of Experiential Learning.  A member of the faculty since 1982, he teaches clinical courses at the Boston College Center for Experiential Learning as well as classroom courses in legal ethics and professional responsibility.  Prior to his appointment at Boston College Law School, Professor Tremblay was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and an instructor at UCLA School of Law.  He is a graduate of Boston College and UCLA School of Law.

Since 2008, Professor Tremblay has directed the Community Enterprise Clinic, a transactional clinical course at Boston College Law School.  In the Community Enterprise Clinic, students represent low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, and first-time home buyers.  The mission of the Community Enterprise Clinic is to support economic progress in under-resourced neighborhoods, and to offer a vibrant educational experience to students interested in business law, transactional work, and community economic development.

Before offering the transactional clinic, Professor Tremblay taught civil litigation and housing law clinics at the BC Legal Assistance Bureau.

Professor Tremblay has considerable interest in professional ethics, interdisciplinary collaboration, and legal services for the poor. He has been a member of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1993, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility.  He has published in several scholarly journals on matters of professional ethics, including articles on lawyers’ obligations with questionably competent clients, on rationing legal services for the poor, and on a method of ethical decision making known as “casuistry.”  He is a co-author (with Alicia Alvarez of Michigan) of Introduction to Transactional Lawyering Practice (2013), and (with David Binder and Paul Bergman of UCLA, and Ian Weinstein of Fordham) of Lawyers as Counselors: A Client Centered Approach (3rd ed. 2012), both leading textbooks used in law school clinics.  His recent articles include Transactional Legal Services, Triage, and Access to Justice, 46 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 11 (2015); Lawyers and the New Institutionalism, 9 U. St. Thomas L. J. 567 (2012) (with Judith A. McMorrow); Counseling Community Groups, 17 Clinical L. Rev. 389 (2010); Shadow Lawyering: Nonlawyer Practice Within Law Firms, 85 Ind. L.J. 653 (2009); and Public Health Legal Services: A New Vision, 15 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y 729 (2008) (with Ellen Lawton, Randye Retkin, David I. Schulman & Megan Sandel, M.D.).

Professor Tremblay was the recipient of the 2008 Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award at the Boston College Law School commencement ceremonies.  He also received the 2004 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and the 2009 Community Commitment Award from the Waltham Alliance to Create Housing (WATCH).


Randi Singer is a litigation partner in Weil’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Media practice and its Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group.

Ms. Singer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading intellectual property and media & entertainment lawyer by legal industry publications, including The Legal 500 USChambers USA,World Trademark Review, Benchmark Litigation, Managing IP Magazine’s IP Stars, and Super Lawyers, and in 2012 she was named a “Rising Star” in Media and Entertainment by Law360. She has successfully represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of copyright and trademark matters involving both classic ownership and fair use issues, as well as evolving secondary liability issues arising from social media platforms. Her advertising, trademark, and state unfair trade practices cases have spanned a broad spectrum of consumer products and services, from over-the-counter drugs, razors, toothpaste, paint, food and cosmetics, to financial services, luxury goods and consumer electronics.

Ms. Singer has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials and regularly counsels clients in connection with privacy, cybersecurity, and social media issues in a wide variety of matters, including such high-profile transactions as Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp, Inc., Yahoo!’s acquisition of Tumblr, and Signet Jewelers Limited’s acquisition of Zale Corporation. In 2015, The National Law Journal recognized Ms. Singer as one of its inaugural “Trailblazers” nationwide for her cutting-edge work in the cybersecurity and data privacy area.

In addition to her active practice, Ms. Singer has taught a course on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law and is a popular speaker whose speaking engagements include panels and discussions concerning copyright, advertising, and other intellectual property issues for organizations such as the Copyright Society, the National Advertising Division, the Practising Law Institute, the American Conference Institute, and the New York State Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property. Other professional affiliations include the International Trademark Association (INTA), The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the New York State Bar Association, the Private Advertising Litigation subcommittee of the ABA, and the Trademarks and Consumer Affairs Committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Singer is a member of the global steering committee for Women@Weil, Weil’s women’s affinity group, the winner of Weil’s first-ever mentoring award, and an inductee into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders. In addition to her work as the General Counsel for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, her pro bono work includes litigation successes for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Sanctuary for Families, trademark and IP counseling for organizations such as The Joyful Heart Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as well as extensive legal support and counseling concerning ambush marketing for NYC2012, New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Ms. Singer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Ms. Singer clerked for the Honorable Richard Owen, US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.


SANFORD P. DUMAIN attended Columbia University where he received his B.A. degree in 1978. He graduated cum laude from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in 1981.

Mr. Dumain represents plaintiffs in cases involving securities fraud, consumer fraud, insurance fraud, and violations of the antitrust laws.

Mr. Dumain was co-lead counsel in In re Tyco International Ltd. Securities Litigation in which $3.2 billion was recovered for investors. Mr. Dumain also served as lead counsel in the securities class actions against Nortel and Biovail, which are the highest and third highest recoveries ever in cases involving Canadian companies. The Nortel settlement was valued at over $1 billion and Biovail settled for over $138 million in cash. Mr. Dumain successfully represented the City of San Jose, California, against 13 of the City’s broker-dealers and its outside accountants in connection with major losses in unauthorized bond trading.

Mr. Dumain began his career as a law clerk to Judge Warren W. Eginton, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut 1981-1982. During the early years of his practice, he also served as an Adjunct Instructor in Legal Writing and Moot Court at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Mr. Dumain has lectured for ALI-ABA concerning accountants’ liability and has prosecuted several actions against accounting firms.

Judge Janet C. Hall of the District of Connecticut made the following comment in In re Fine Host Corporation Securities Litigation, No. 97-2619 (D.Conn.): “The court also finds that the plaintiff class received excellent counseling, particularly from the Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, Attorney Dumain.”

Mr. Dumain is admitted to practice in the State of New York, United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, District of Colorado, and District of Connecticut, and United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits.

Mr. Dumain is the Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee.


Allison Lucas is the General Counsel at BuzzFeed, Inc., the social news and entertainment media company. Allison heads up all of BuzzFeed's day-to-day legal matters, including overseeing advertising and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Allison was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Gilt Groupe, Inc., an online membership based e-commerce site, where she managed all of Gilt's intellectual property, security and privacy, and consumer protection issues.   Allison has also served as Associate General Counsel at United Media, a former division of EW Scripps, where she handled all aspects of the syndication and licensing businesses. Allison received her undergraduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and her JD from Fordham University School of Law.