Rick Kurnit has been internationally recognized in the advertising and marketing services and publishing industries, representing advertisers, advertising agencies, content and media entities.
Rick is a partner in our Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group. He was a founding Vice Chair of the ABA Committee on Private Advertising Litigation. He has handled many of the leading cases defining the application of intellectual property law to advertising and marketing communications, including representing the defendants in the Vanna White, Woody Allen, and Jackie Onassis look-alike cases; Viking Press, Nelson DeMille, Terry McMillan, and other authors and publishers in libel cases based on works of fiction; Prodigy in the Stratton Oakmont case and other cases defining online liability; John Deere in defining use of trademarks in comparative advertising; the maker of a smaller copy of the necklace from Titanic in defining the scope of parallel marketing; and Gone With The Wind in defining parody and copyright infringement. Rick has also handled numerous Lanham Act and comparative advertising cases and NAD challenges.
In addition to all aspects of marketing communications, Rick has advised companies and individuals on mergers, acquisitions, succession plans, employment agreements, partnership agreements, and phantom equity plans.