Gloria C. Phares is a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, in the firm's IP practice (transactional and litigation). She practices in all aspects of intellectual property, privacy and issues related to the Internet, computer software development and licensing, database licensing, and publicity rights, providing advice, licensing, and litigation to for-profit companies and not-for-profit institutions, including museums, libraries, and colleges and universities.
Gloria is a trustee and past officer of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and a past Chair of its New York Chapter. During 1995-98, she was the Chair of the Committee on Copyright and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. During 1995-2004, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She was on the Legal Advisory Boards of the 2005 Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and the 2011 Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry (both sponsored by American University's Center for Social Media).
She lectures for continuing legal education programs on copyright developments and licensing. She's the author of Chapter 2 (Legal Issues in Scholarly Publishing) in the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edit. 2008); Assigning Exclusive Copyright Licenses: Conflicting Rulings Over Transfer of Rights Highlight Uncertainty in Corporate Acquisitions (with Stephanie B. Glaser), New York Law Journal (May 12, 2003); Extraterritoriality and Copyright Law, Copyright Law '99 and Beyond, (Glasser LegalWorks Seminars, January 1999); Appropriation Art and Copyright, 1 Encyclopedia of Aesthetics 70 (Oxford University Press, 1998 (soon to be updated); Copyright and the U.S. Border: Obtaining Redress in the United States for Extraterritorial Acts of Infringement, Proceedings of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (Summer Conference, Asheville, N.C. June 27, 1996); and Retroactive Protection of Foreign Copyrights: What Has Congress Be-GATT?, 7 The Journal of Proprietary Rights 2 (April 1995).
From 1980-87, Gloria was an attorney with the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She taught Appellate Advocacy for five years at Fordham University's Law school, and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
She is a graduate of The College and The Law School of the University of Chicago.