Jessica R. Friedman

Top rated Intellectual Property attorney in New York, New York

Attorney at Law
Jessica R. Friedman
Attorney at Law

Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Media & Advertising, Entertainment & Sports; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1985

Education: Yale Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

Attorney at Law

300 East 59 Street
Suite 2406
New York, NY 10022 Visit website


Jessica R. Friedman's legal practice is focused on matters of copyright, trademark, licensing, publishing, media law, and privacy.  She has over three decades of experience handling libel reviews, publishing and literary agency agreements, master service agreements and other commercial agreements, domestic and international trademark clearance, content licenses, terms of use, privacy notices and compliance issues, copyright fair use and infringement analyses, collaboration agreements for co-authors, and software development and licensing agreements.

Ms. Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1981 with a B.A. in History. She  earned her J.D.  from Yale Law School in 1985. She is admitted to practice in the state courts of New York as well as in the federal courts for the Eastern and Southern districts of New York. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Friedman has been involved with many professional organizations, including the New York City Bar Association, where she has served multiple terms on the Copyright and Literary Property Committee and the Trademark Law Committee. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Ms. Friedman holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. Fluent in English, she also speaks conversational Hebrew and some French. Ms. Friedman periodically writes for the bulletin of The Authors Guild and speaks on intellectual property issues for the Practising Law Institute and the New York Tech Alliance.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Intellectual Property, Media and Advertising, Entertainment & Sports

Focus areas

Copyrights, Intellectual Property Law, Libel, Trademarks

  • 50% Intellectual Property
  • 40% Media and Advertising
  • 10% Entertainment & Sports

First Admitted: 1985, New York

Professional Webpage:

  • Houghton Mifflin in Eisen, Durwood & Co., Inc. v. Tolkien, 794 F. Supp. 85 (S.D.N.Y. 1992), aff’d, 990 F.2d 623 (2d Cir. 1993)
  • Branch v. Ogilvy & Mather, 16 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1179 (S.D.N.Y. 1990)
  • Childress v. Taylor, 945 F.2d 500 (2d Cir. 1991)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (1993-present); International Trademark Association (2010- present); The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member:  Copyright and Literary Property Committee, 1993-1996, 2002-2005, 2006-2009, 2012-2015, 2018-2021; Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee, 2009-2012, 2015-2018; Information Technology Law Committee, 1999-2002; Entertainment Law Committee, 1996-1999; Ad Hoc Information Superhighway Working Group, 1993-1994); New York State Bar Association (Member: Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section; Former Member, Committee on Literary Works and Related Rights); American Bar Association (Former Member, Section on Intellectual Property Law; Chair, Subcommittee on Joint Works and Works for Hire, 1998; Member, Subcommittee on Formalities, 1997-1998); Princeton University History Department Advisory Council (2000-2004)
  • 1985, New York; 1986, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Representative Clients:
  • The American Jewish Committee  (2003 - present)
  • Well-Trained Mind Academy, Well-Trained Mind Press (Fall 2014 - present)
  • Refinery 29 Inc. (Spring 2015 to present)
  • W.W. Norton & Company (2014 - present)
Educational Background:
  • Princeton University, B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), 1981
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Checklist of areas to monitor to make sure one's website remains legally up-to-date, co-author (with Paul Ellis), “Web Site Checklists: Minding Your Company’s Virtual Storefronts", Inside, Journal of the New York State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section (Fall 2013/Vol. 31, No. 2) , 2013
  • A presentation for startup founders on basic principles and practices of copyright and trademark law  that can affect their key assets., Speaker, NY Tech Alliance’s Your Ownership & Rights – IP for Startup Founders, Trademark and Copyright Tips and Traps (2/21), 2021
  • Basics of copyright ownership and transfer, Speaker, “Basic Principles of Copyright Law and Copyright Office Practice” , Practising Law Institute’s Fundamentals of Copyright Law in the Data Era 2018 (6/2018), Media, Software, Other Content Industries, 2018
  • Guide to authors about how to understand their indemnification obligations under most book publishing agreements and how to avoid situations in which they might have to fulfill those obligations., Author, “Writers, Take Warning: Things Every Writer Should Know Before Signing a Book Contract" , Authors Guild Bulletin (Summer 2016), Book Publishing/authors, 2016
  • Guide for authors to entering into website development agreements, Author, Don’t Get Caught in a Web(site)" Authors Guild Bulletin (Winter 2015), Authors Guild Bulletin (Winter 2015), 2015
  • Summary of how to register a website for copyright in 1998, Author, "How (and Why) to Register a Web Site for Copyright,", The Intellectual Property Strategist (4/98-5/98), 1998
  • About the 2012 district court decision in the ReDigi case, Author, “Will Anyone Crack the Used E-Book Market?" , Authors Guild Bulletin (Spring/Summer 2013), Book Publishing - Authors, 2013
  •  How to register trademarks for services provided through websites, Author, "Registering Service Marks That Are Used on Web Sites", The Intellectual Property Strategist (10/98), All, 1998
  • "Trademark Traps, Copyright Concerns, and Limiting Liability in Cyberspace," Advanced Forum for Cyberspace Advertising and the Law (1/99)
  • "Record-Label Names as Trademarks: Enforceable or Expendable?" New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal (Spring 07)        
  • "What's in a name?" Folio (2/94)
  • "Protect ownership of your title," Folio (08/94) "Fair Use of Images and Illustrations," Small Press Center News (Spring 1994)
  • Lecture about the reasoning behind and implications of the Second Circuit's decision in the ReDigi case, Speaker, “ReDigi, The First-Sale Doctrine, and the Sale of “Used” Digital Works” (3/19), Practising Law Institute’s Advanced Copyright Law 2019: Current Issues,, Digital Media, 2019
  •  Explanation of various clauses in book publishing agreements, Author, "Contract Catches: Option Clauses [in Book Publishing Agreements],", Romance Writers' Report (01/05), Book Publishing/romance Writers/other Authors, 2005
  • "If the Shoe Fits: Copyrightability in Three-Dimensional Works," New York City Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Advanced Topics in Copyright Law (5/07)
  • "Copyright Ownership and Transfer," New York City Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Copyright Basics for Beginners & Non-Specialists (11/07)
  • "Web Site Rights and Wrongs: Key Legal Issues in the Creation and Operation of Web Sites," New York Business Law Journal (Summer 2010/Vol. 14, No. 1)
  • Discussion of legal authorship requirements, Author, "When Is an Author Not an Author?" , Authors Guild Journal (Spring 2012), 2012
  • Legal standards of joint authorship, Author, "What Do You Mean, I'm Not a Joint Author?", Authors Guild Bulletin (Spring 2013), Book Publishing/authors, 2013
  • "Don't Get Caught in a Web(site)", Authors Guild Bulletin (Winter 2015)
  • "Son of 'Son of Sam': Crime Still Doesn't Pay (Royalties)," NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal (10/93)
  • Selecting Technology for Practice at Home," The New York Law Journal (01/95)         
  • "Libel in Cyberspace," Folio (9/95) "Has a competitor gotten hold of your list?" Folio (05/95) 
  • "A Lawyer's Ramble Down the Information Superhighway," Sections on Copyright, Trademark and Defamation, 64 Fordham L. Rev. 697 (December 1995)         
  • "Online service contracts," Folio (3/98)
  • "Drafting Tips in Domain Name Purchase Agreements," The Intellectual Property Strategist (8/96)
  • "Update on Domain Name Transfers," The Intellectual Property Strategist (10/96)       
  • "Electronic Rights: Issues Online," The Bookwoman (Women's National Book Ass'n) (Fall 96)
  • "Master your Internet domain name," Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management (1/97)
  • "Trademark Traps on the Net," The Intellectual Property Strategist (12/97)       
Industry Groups:
  • Licensing
  • Mobile Apps
  • Publishing
  • Start-ups

Office location for Jessica R. Friedman

300 East 59 Street
Suite 2406
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-739-1753


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