Stephanie Abrutyn is vice president & senior counsel, Litigation and Anti-Piracy, for Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for legal issues and proceedings pertaining to the areas of HBO and Cinemax Original Programming, HBO Films, HBO Sports and HBO Documentary Films. Abrutyn also oversees HBO's anti-piracy program. She was named vice president in August 2007 and added anti-piracy to her responsibilities in June 2012.
Abrutyn joined HBO as a senior counsel in June 2005.
Prior to HBO, she served as senior counsel, East Coast Media, for Tribune Company, from 1999 to 2005, where she counseled and represented six of its daily papers including Newsday, The Hartford Courant and The Baltimore Sun. During her tenure there she received the Tribune Company Corporate Excellence Award for her contributions to the company. From 1996 to 1999, Abrutyn worked at ABC, Inc. as a general attorney, Litigation and Employee Practices; and from 1991 to 1996, was a member of the Media and Communications Practice Team in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler, one the largest law firms in the United States.
She is currently on the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee, a member of the Board of Directors at the Media Law Resource Center Institute and an active participant in the ABA Forum on Communications Law. She teaches Internet and Publishing Law at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is a former co-editor of Communications Lawyer, has served on a variety of panels and is the co-author of numerous legal publications.
Abrutyn holds a BA with honors from Colgate University, a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and studied at the Institute of Political and Economic Studies in London, England.