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Brandon C. Gruner

Brandon C. Gruner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Brandon C. Gruner is a counsel in the firm's Corporate Department and its Intellectual Property Group and Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice. His practice focuses on all aspects of corporate intellectual property, technology and privacy law, including: joint ventures and strategic alliances in which IP is the key asset; trademark, copyright, patent and software licensing; IP and IT aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings, bankruptcy-related reorganizations and financings; and branding, development, distribution, publishing and services agreements involving IP, social media and IT. He also regularly counsels clients on legal and market developments regarding IP, social media, IT, privacy, data protection and cybersecurity; IP and IT separation issues in spin-off and carve-out transactions; and IP special purpose entities. He has a broad array of experience in the media, telecommunications, entertainment, fashion, sports, hospitality, health care, energy, FinTech, insurance and private equity industries. He has advised clients as diverse as Warner Music Group, Verizon Communications, Tribune Company, Johnson & Johnson, Schneider Electric, Mitsui, LG Electronics, Northwestern Mutual, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Prudential and The Carlyle Group, among others. He has also presented on intellectual property issues in various types of corporate transactions at Practising Law Institute.

Mr. Gruner joined the firm in March 2008. He received a J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Seton Hall University School of Law in May 2005, and a B.A. in History, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University in May 1999. While at Seton Hall, Mr. Gruner was an Articles Editor for Seton Hall Law Review and was the author of “A New Hope for International Space Law: Incorporating Nineteenth Century First Possession Principles Into the 1967 Space Treaty for the Colonization of Outer Space in the Twenty-First Century,” 35 Seton Hall L. Rev. 299 (2004).

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gruner worked as an associate in the New York office of Proskauer Rose LLP from 2005 until 2008. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Gruner was a professional writer and editor for magazines such as FHM, ESPN the Magazine, Sport Magazine, Muscle Media and New York Post Sports Week and often appeared on television and radio shows as a guest contributor.

Mr. Gruner also serves on the Board of Directors (and was Chair from 2011 to 2014) of New York City Children's Theater (f/k/a Making Books Sing), a New York not-for-profit organization that creates original, entertaining and enriching theater for young audiences and adults to enjoy together, and which promotes children's literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs.

Mr. Gruner is a member of the Bar of the State of New York.

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