James Lorin Silverberg, Esq., JLS@IPG.LAW. 877-474-5297, Extension 6.
Mr. Silverberg leads the firm's multi-district litigation practice. Admissions: Supreme Court of the the United States; United States District Courts: District of Colorado, District of Columbia, Northern District Illinois (Trial Bar), District of Maryland, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, Northern District Ohio, Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Wisconsin. Special Admissions Northern District of California, Central District of California, Middle District of Florida, District of Minnesota, Norther District Georgia, Eastern and Western Districts Missouri, Western District North Carolina, North Dakota, Eastern District Texas, Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Silverberg earned his J.D. 1981 from The National Law Center, The George Washington University, and his B.A. Honors 1977, from the State University of New York.
Academic Appointments: Professor of Law, "Art & Entertainment Law," The Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, DC (1995); Adjunct Professor, "Legal Aspects of Arts Management," The American University, Masters of Arts Administration in Arts Management (1997), Adjunct Professor, "Design Studio Management," Department of Communication Arts and Design, The Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia (1987-1992); Judge, The Van Vleck Moot Court Competition, The National Law Center, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (Semi Finals 1997, 1996; Quarter Finals 1995).
Seminars and Lectures: Carroll Gallery and WHNPA, "Protecting Photography in the Digital Age," 975 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004 (FOTO Week DC, November 6, 2013). Society of Animal Artists, "Copyright," Bennington Arts Center, Bennington, Vermont (October, 5, 2013). American Society of Media Photographers, Los Angeles (ASMPLA) Copyright, Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (August 13, 2013). APA APA EP "Photography and Social media," Seattle Central Creative Academy, 1701 Broadway, Seattle, Washington, 98122 (May 29, 2013). APA Miami, "Copryight Know It Or Blow It," Carousel Studios, 3700 NE 1st Court, Miami, FL 33137 (February 8, 2012). APA NY, School of visual Arts, SVA Theater, 333 West 233d St, New York, NY (October 26, 2011). APA Seattle "Copyright Know It Or Blow It," Seattle Pacific University, 509 West Bertona, Seattle , Washington (June 4, 2011). APA SF, "Copyright Know It Or Blow It," Academy of Art University, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California (June 2, 2011). APA Midewest, "Coppyright Know It Or Blow It," Chicago, Illinois (May 7, 2011). APA Charlotte, "Copyright Know It Or Blow It," Lisa Adams Studios, 2201 Arty Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208 (March 19, 2011). APA San Diego "Copyright Know it or Blow It" (April 10, 2011). APA LA "Copryight Know It or Blow It," Helm's Daylight Studio, 3221 Hutchinson Ave #E, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (April 9, 2011). APA Atlanta, "Coppyright Know It Or Blow It," SCAD, 1600 Peachtree, Atlanta, Georgia (March 12, 2011). APA Denver, "Copyright Know It or Blow It," Redline Gallery, 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, Colorado 80205 (March 5, 2011). FOTOWEEK " Copyright Know It or Blow It, The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2010). Multicom '95. Electronic Rights for Creative Professionals, Washington Convention Center, 900 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2005). Surtex, "Licensing Agreements," Jacob Javitz Center, New York, N.Y. (May 17, 2005) American Society of Magazine Photographers, The Charles Sumner School, 17th & M Streets, Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2005). Surtex, "Copyright Infringement, Protecting Your Art And Design," Jacob Javitz Center (May 19, 2003). American Institute of Graphic Artists & Graphic Artists Guild (AIGA/GAG) Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Conn. Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (April 25, 1996). Washington Independent Writers, Freelance Careers Conference, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 (October -November 1995). Multicom '94. Electronic Rights for Creative Professionals, Washington Convention Center, 900 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (October, 2004). American Center for Design, "Copyright Litigation," University of Chicago Business School (October 1997). Maryland Institute College of Art, "Copyright," Baltimore, Maryland (September 1997). Washington College of Law, "Financing Motion Pictures," The American University, Washington D.C. (October, 1996).North Carolina State University, Department of Communications, "Copyright," Durham, NC (September 1992). American Institute of graphic Artists, "Electronic Publishing," National Convention, Westin Hotel, Seattle Washington (October 1995). Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and Washington Area Musicians Association, Negotiating Recording Contacts, Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington, DC , Arlington Arts Center, "Contracts and Copyrights" Arlington, Virginia (March 1990). Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Negotiating Book Publishing Agreements, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC  Maryland State Arts Council, "Legal Aspects of Tax Exempt Organizations," Towson State University, Towson, Maryland (1989). The George Washington University, "Publishing Agreements," Publication Specialist Program Washington, D.C. (1987). Society of Illustrators, Northern Virginia Community College, "Illustration, The Work For Hire Doctrine," (July 30 1984).
Reported Cases Kathleen M. Casacci DDS, PC v. Kacalski and Hannon DDS, WIPO Case No D2012-2539 (World Intellectual Property Organization), LTVN Holdings, LLC v. Odeh, CIV.A.CCB-09-789, 2010 WL 2612690 (D. Md. June 25, 2010) Sunlight Solutions, LLC. v. Birnbaum, 06CV683A, 2008 WL 508459 (W.D.N.Y. Feb. 21, 2008),Morita v. Omni Publications Int'l, Ltd., 741 F. Supp. 1107 (S.D.N.Y. 1990) vacated, 760 F. Supp. 45 (S.D.N.Y. 1991), Caraustar Custom Packaging Grp. (Maryland), Inc. v. Stockart.com, LLC, 3:05CV377-MU, 2006 WL 3371679 (W.D.N.C. Nov. 20, 2006), Cook v. Jane Lyons Adver., Inc., CIV.A. 97-00914 (RCL, 1998 WL 164776 (D.D.C. Mar. 31, 1998), Stockart.com, LLC v. Engle, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20470, at *40–41 (D.Colo. Feb. 18, 2011), Stockart.com, LLC v. Caraustar Custom Packaging Grp., Inc., 240 F.R.D. 195 (D. Md. 2006).
Additional Information. Mr. Silverberg is a member of the State Bars of the District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland, and is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Art and Entertainment Law, the D.C. Bar Committee on Art and Entertainment Law, and the NY Bar Committee on Art, Entertainment, and Sports Law. Mr. Silverberg is also legal counsel to the White House News Photographer's Association, Legal Counsel to American Photographic Artists, and Legal Counsel and Director, Business Affairs for the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing. Mr. Silverberg is formerly counsel to American Center for Design, AIGA Washington, and AIGA Maryland, and the Graphic Design Education Association. Notable cases include his representation of the historic Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassination, expert valuation services in Griffin & Taylor v. U.S. (Representation in valuation of the government's seizure of the Nixon Presidential Papers), Don Kirshner's Rock Convert v. Viacom and MTV Networks.
Michael George Oliver, Esq. MGO@IPG.LAW 877-474-5297, Extension 1.
Mr. Oliver is a litigation Associate with IPG's New York and Washington, DC Offices. Mr. Oliver earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law (J.D. 2013) cum laude where he had a concentration in Finance Transactions. Mr. Oliver also earned his Masters In Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Management (M.B.A. 2013). While attending law school, Mr. Oliver participated in the New York City Program in Finance & Law and the Affordable Housing Clinic. Mr. Oliver received his Bachelors Degree from Queens University of Charlotte in Business Administration (B.A. 2008). Mr. Oliver is a member of the New York State, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bars, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Southern District of New York. Mr. Oliver is also a member of the American Bar Association's Litigation section and the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section.
Briana Ruth Polan., Esq., BRP@IPG.LAW 877-474-5297, Extension 2.
Ms. Polan is a litigation Associate with IPG's New York Office. Briana earned her law degree at Suffolk University Law School, J.D. 2016 summa cum laude (Intellectual Property Concentration with Distinction). Ms. Polan was also the recipient of the Sargent Scholarship for academic leadership. While attending law school, Ms. Polan served as content manager of The Journal of High Technology Law, and was Secretary of Suffolk’s Sports and Entertainment Law Association and a member of Intellectual Property Student Association. Ms. Polan received her Masters in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music (M..M. 2005) where she received the Award of Academic Merit. Ms. Polan earned her Bachelors Degree at Connecticut College in Music Performance and Music Education (B.A. 2003 cum laude). Ms. Polan is a member of the New York State Bar, and has been specially admitted to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Ms. Polan is a member of the New York State Bar Asssociation, Entertainment, ats and Sports Law Section, the Intellectual Prpoerty Law Section, and Young Laywers Section, a member of the New York City Bar Association, and the New York and New England Chapters of the The Copyright Society of the United States. Publications: Briana Polan, Note, The Trials and Tribulations of Music in Copyright Law: Led Zeppelin’s Iconic Song May Walk The “Stairway to Heaven” 43 Years Later, 16 J. High Tech. L. 127 (2015)
Christina Buckner Powell. CRP@IPG.LAW 877-474-5297, Extension 0.
Ms. Powell is IPG's Legal Assistant. Ms. Powell is earning her Masters Degree In Social Science Global Analysis at Towson State University. She earned her Bachelors degree from Queens University of Charlotte (B.A. 2008).