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Robin E. Silverman

Ms. Silverman’s practice involves a variety of intellectual property litigation and counseling and the negotiation and drafting of various documents in the media, entertainment, merchandising and online fields. She counsels and litigates in a wide range of areas, including intellectual property, theft of ideas, licensing and unfair competition. She advises clients on acquisitions of intellectual property portfolios, First Amendment issues, privacy and publicity rights, trademark, copyright, “fair use” and internet questions, music rights and advertising issues; and she conducts prepublication review of news and entertainment content.  She was included among Crain’s New York “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City,” 2017.

Representative matters handled by Ms. Silverman include:

  • Ongoing management of intellectual property portfolios for various media companies.
  • Development of policies relating to online privacy and website terms of use for financial service companies, media entities and consumer product companies.
  • Representation of television celebrities and celebrity chefs in business development, merchandising, and literary rights transactions.
  • Responsible for intellectual property diligence and preparation of intellectual property-related documents in a variety of corporate transactions, including the representation of a buyer in the acquisition, over a period of 18 months, of five different businesses serving the religious publishing market, representation of a buyer in various acquisitions in the educational publishing field and the representation of buyers and sellers in acquisitions and sales of various specialty magazines and related media products.
  • Ongoing counseling and preparation of transactional documents for a variety of entities, including a toy company and a licensing agency.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for a handbag designer from a retailer selling substantially similar bags without authorization.
  • Development and execution of trademark enforcement policy for television celebrity.
  • Acquisition of theatrical rights in a variety of properties for film production companies.
  • Ongoing review of advertising and packaging for various consumer product companies.
  • Preparation of talent and rights agreements for various agencies and production companies.
  • Ongoing counseling of internet media companies on issues relating to music rights and other content appearing on their sites.


  • Co-Chair, 2007 Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Section, NYS Bar Association (January 2007)
  • Speaker, Women in Intellectual Property Law, (June 2005)
  • Panelist, New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Fall Meeting, “Hey, What’s the Big Idea? The Trade Secret is Out on Idea Submission,” (October 2004)
  • Panelist, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., New York Chapter, “Yo Quiero Taco Bell? – Idea Submissions Cases” (May 2004)
  • Panelist, Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium (March 2004)

Education and Honors

  • J. D., New York University School of Law (1984), Staff Editor, Annual Survey of American Law (1983-1984)
  • B. A., magna cum laude, Rutgers College, Rutgers University (1981)

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section Committee on Transactions, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Prior Legal Experience

  • Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Intellectual Property, MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International, Inc.
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges