Stacey C. Friends

Stacey C. Friends

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Boston, MA

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.
 | 255 State Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-742-4200
Fax: 617-742-2355
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008, 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (70%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (30%)
Attorney Profile

STACEY CARRARA FRIENDS is a shareholder with Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, PC, in Boston.  Her practice is focused on trademark and copyright law, licensing, and entertainment.  Ms. Friends received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School (Evening Division). While at SULS, she was a note editor for the Transnational Law Review and the recipient of the 2000 ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Award for writing in the area of copyright law. Prior to joining RIW, Ms. Friends practiced with Peabody & Arnold LLP and also formed her own intellectual property and entertainment law practice. She has taught copyright law at Suffolk University Law School and Legal Issues in the Music Industry at the New England Institute of Art. She has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences on trademark, copyright and social media issues for Suffolk Law School, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, the Boston Bar Association, MCLE, the Mass Bar Association, BPLA, The Entrepreneur Institute, Radio Entrepreneurs, the Restaurant Trends Seminar, and the Women in Leadership & the Law Forum.  Ms. Friends has published several articles on copyright and trademark topics for the Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech, the ITMA Review(Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, UK) and Women’s Business. Stacey was interviewed on NECN in February 2010 on the J.D. Salinger copyright case, has been quoted in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe, and was recently interviewed for a documentary film about the successful Batman/Bill Finger case, on which she worked pro bono.  Ms. Friends has served as a panel attorney and speaker for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts since 2001, and has served as a mentor for the PayPal Start Tank and MassChallenge. She has served as co-chair of the Art, Entertainment, and Sports Law committee of the BBA twice, and is a member of the Copyright Society, the International Trademark Association (INTA) (Emerging Issues Committee 2014-2018, Unreal Committee 2018-), the European Community Trademark Association (ECTA), the ABA, WBA, MBA and BBA. Stacey is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Rockport Art Association.

About Stacey Friends

Admitted: 2001, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • Winner of ASCAP's 2000 Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for writing in the area of copyright law
  • Graduated summa cum laude, Suffolk University Law School

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to NY Bar, 2001

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Selected to serve on Unreal Committee for INTA, 2018-2020, 2018
  • Selected as MassChallenge Mentor, 2016, 2015
  • Selected to serve on the Limitations on Rights Subcommittee of the Emerging Issues Committee for the International Trade Mark Association (INTA), 2014-2016 and 2016-2018., 2014
  • Selected as Mentor for the PayPal Start Tank, providing pro bono legal advice to the entrepreneurs in the incubator, 2013-2015
  • Co-Chair, Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Committee, BBA, 2013-2015; 2002-2004

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Elected to Board of Governors for Rockport Art Association, 2018
  • Selected to serve on Unreal Committee for INTA, 2018
  • Pro bono assistance to Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 2017
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Panel Attorney, providing pro bono legal assistance to artists and other creators since 2001
  • Panel Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2001-present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Copyright Law, Adjunct Faculty, Suffolk University Law School, 2008
  • See RIW Web site bio for complete list of lectures and articles

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Featured in film, Batman & Bill, a documentary about the quest to obtain credit for Bill Finger for his creation of Batman., 2017

Industry Groups

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Art & Entertainment
  • Consulting
  • Fashion & Shoes
  • Financial
  • Food & Hospitality
  • Retail Goods
  • Sports
  • Technology & Software
  • Travel
Office Location for Stacey C. Friends

255 State Street
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

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Last Updated: 3/14/2019

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