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Joel Karni  Schmidt

Joel Karni Schmidt

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman PC

New York, NY, USA

Joel is a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property counseling, protection, and enforcement.  He regularly assists clients with trademark, copyright, domain name, Internet, social media, right of publicity and licensing matters.  He has extensive experience resolving complex problems and disputes, and managing worldwide trademark and copyright programs and proceedings.  Joel also advises clients on anti-counterfeiting and litigation.

Joel has successfully represented an array of lifestyle and fashion companies, hi-tech companies, hotels and restaurants, media companies, wine and food companies, and prominent artists, designers, and entertainers, such as, J. Crew, Warby Parker, Thompson Hotels & Resorts, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, CME Media Enterprises, Cannonball Wine & Spirits, Fragomen Worldwide, the Israeli Red Cross and the World Wildlife Fund International.

Joel has been mentioned and cited in the Legal 500, the WTR 1000, and other publications.  He is an active member of the International Trademark Association’s Internet Committee and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trademark Law Committee, and he often speaks, writes, and organizes programs on emerging issues.

Prior to law school, Joel served in the Liason to Lebanon Unit of the Israel Defense Forces.  During law school, he interned at the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of New York, and after law school Joel clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel where he worked on landmark cases involving matters of first impression.

Joel is committed to community service.  At his past firm, he successfully represented, pro bono, a Tibetan woman and her three children in their application for asylum.  He currently handles matters on a pro bono basis for several non-profits and participates in Fordham Law School’s Fashion Institute pop-up clinics.

In his free time, Joel enjoys hiking, sking, scuba diving, biking, and spending as much time as he can with his wife as well as his four children who have helped him refine his negotiation skills and inspire him each and every day.


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