Fred is the Co-Chair of Morrison Cohen’s Intellectual Property Group, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group and a member of the Firm's Business Litigation Department. He regularly tries cases before courts and various arbitration and administrative tribunals throughout the country on behalf of U.S. and international companies and individuals.
For over 30 years, Fred has negotiated and litigated a wide range of intellectual property (IP) matters, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, false advertising, defamation, patent, antitrust, licensing, entertainment/artist/literary rights, publicity/privacy rights, software, and internet/website. He also has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of complex business litigations, including in the areas of mergers/acquisitions, securities, employment, creditors' rights, fraud, products liability, trusts and estates, insurance coverage, and real estate. Fred has served as a speaker at various IP and litigation seminars, and has been quoted in national publications regarding IP matters.
Among the many cases Fred has successfully tried, he has won several multi-million dollar judgments. In addition to substantial trial experience, some of his greatest litigation accomplishments were achieved outside the courtroom using his negotiation skills to resolve numerous difficult and intractable cases. Fred has effectively mediated many cases, both as an advocate and a professional mediator. Fred has served as a professional mediator for over 22 years. He has mediated cases for Southern District of New York Panel of Certified Mediators and for Trademark Mediators Network (INTA Panel of Neutrals). Through his mediation skills, he has successfully resolved numerous disputes involving intellectual property, commercial/fraud claims and employment matters.
Fred regularly counsels clients concerning protection of their IP rights and portfolios across a broad spectrum of entertainment, sports, high-tech, software, academic, media, publishing, marketing, financial, fashion, industrial, and consumer product fields. As a result, he is experienced at both negotiating and documenting IP transactions as well as litigating such matters.
Fred began his career as a law clerk to the Hon. Jacob Mishler, former Chief Judge of the Eastern District of New York. After his clerkship, he worked for several years at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
Southern District of New York Panel of Certified Mediators
Trademark Mediators Network (INTA Panel of Neutrals)
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
Selected as New York Super Lawyer, Intellectual Property Litigation (2019)
Law clerk to the Hon. Jacob Mishler, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Hofstra University School of Law
Editor-in-Chief of Hofstra Law Review
Citation of Excellence for Conflicts of Law
- Successfully tried a fraud claim against a public company on behalf of one of its subsidiary's former executives; obtained an award of substantial damages and all of client's attorneys' fees
- Successfully tried an M&A dispute on behalf of a purchaser in a complex acquisition for breach of representations and warranties; obtained a multi-million dollar damage award
- Successfully tried an IP and unfair competition dispute between competing securities firms; obtained a multi-million dollar damage award
- Obtained preliminary injunctions on behalf of various clients protecting their IP rights and enjoining infringement
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of major electronic publisher dismissing various copyright claims
- Recovered infringing internet domains from cybersquatters on behalf of several clients through numerous ICANN arbitrations and other proceedings
- Successfully prosecuted and defended numerous trademark claims before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Negotiated numerous IP licensing and other agreements with National Hockey League, Minor League Baseball, Google, Yahoo, Fox, CBS, Sun Media and various other media and entertainment entities
News & Publications
“CLIENT ALERT: Recent New York Federal Court Decision Confirms Applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act to Various Commercial Consumer-Oriented Websites as Places of “Public Accommodation”, March 26, 2018
"What's Old is New in Web Site Protection: A New Look at the 'Look and Feel' Doctrine," New York Law Journal Intellectual Property Section, Jan. 20, 2009
"Better Late than Never: The John Anderson Cases and the Constitutionality of Filing Deadline," 11 Hofstra L. Rev. 691 (1983)