Biography

Helene M. Freeman is a partner in the Litigation Department at Phillips Nizer LLP in New York. Helene’s practice is focused on all facets of entertainment, publishing, fashion and the arts. In the course of the past thirty-five years, she has represented multinational record distributors, leading musical performers, film and television producers and distributors, international music publishing companies, theatrical producers, authors and advertising agencies.

As a litigator, Helene has been trial and appellate counsel in a series of precedent setting cases under both copyright and trademark law in jurisdictions throughout the United States.  She counts among the high profile clients she has represented Mick Jagger, *NSYNC and most recently, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin in their successful defense against the charge that “Stairway to Heaven” infringed the copyright of the musical composition “Taurus”.

She provides assistance in developing plans for worldwide exploitation and protection of creative property and regularly advises on the acquisition and sale of rights in entertainment properties.

Helene is a frequent speaker on copyright and entertainment law, including CLE programs sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, the Defense Research Institute and the Copyright Society of the United States, among others.

Helene is a cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College, where she was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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