Michael D. Steger is of counsel to the firm, practicing primarily in New York. He focuses on intellectual property, entertainment, litigation, and business matters in the fashion, entertainment, photography and software industries. In 2010, he was named “Best Intellectual Property Attorney for Growing Businesses” by New York Enterprise Report magazine. Mr. Steger has tried numerous cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators in federal and state court, including as lead counsel in Berman v. Johnson, 518 F.Supp.2d 791 (E.D.Va. 2007), a seminal case on authorship of films. Mr. Steger’s entertainment practice focuses on film, television, internet and music projects, and he represents creatives and production companies in matters including film, television, and online financing, and production, distribution and syndication agreements. He has served as production counsel for several films and broadcast and cable television programs.
His corporate and business experience includes forming and dissolving corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, as well as contract drafting and review, employment matters, drafting buy-sell and other shareholder agreements, and handling investment transactions. Before joining the firm, Mr. Steger was in-house counsel for STF Productions, Inc., the producer of Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” and the syndicated “Final Justice,” where he also handled business and legal affairs for other Fox entities.
He previously represented clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies in California. Mr. Steger is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee, a member of the ABA’s Entertainment and Sports Law and Communications Law Forums, and a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committees. He has written and spoken extensively on intellectual property and entertainment law matters. Mr. Steger received his J.D., M.A. and B.A. from the University of Virginia and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in New York, California, Virginia, and the District of Columbia
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