Biography

Joshua Simmons is recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” (Legal 500) and focuses his practice on appellate and trial court litigation and counseling, as well as regulatory and legislative policy.  This “exceptional” (Chambers), “Top Attorney” (Law360), and “big-picture thought leader” (WTR) litigates copyright, patent, right of publicity, trademark, and trade secret cases—particularly complex cases and those of first impression—along with contract, licensing, and domain name disputes.  He also advises on IP matters that intersect with antitrust, fraud, false advertising, privacy, and social media.

Josh routinely is recognized for his high-profile intellectual property, media, entertainment, and technology representations. Chambers and Partners ranked Josh for his copyright, trademark, and trade secret practices, describing his “notable expertise in advising entertainment and technology sector clients” and reporting client comments that “he is completely on top of cases at all times,” “knows exactly what is happening,” and “has a 360 degree view of the entire litigation.” World Trademark Review ranked him for trademark enforcement and litigation, with clients attesting to him being a “tremendous asset” who combines “elite legal acumen with a unique understanding of the process of creating entertainment.” Legal 500 recognized Josh for his copyright, trademark litigation, trade secrets, and media and entertainment practices. Best Lawyers in America selected Josh for his work in copyright law. Law360 and Super Lawyers named Josh a “Rising Star” in media and entertainment and intellectual property litigation, respectively. And Josh was part of the Kirkland team Managing Intellectual Property honored for “Milestone Case of the Year” Oracle v. Google.

In addition to maintaining a full-time litigation practice, Josh is a frequent speaker and has authored numerous articles on emerging trends in intellectual property.  He also is an active member of the intellectual property bar:

  • At the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section, he chairs its Copyright Law Reform Task Force, serves on its governing Council, and is a Council Liaison to its Copyright Division.
  • He is Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Software Related Inventions Committee, and its liaison to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Copyright project.
  • He chairs the Copyright Society’s Media Library Committee.
  • He is a member of the Board of Advisors to Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts.

He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the Carroll G. Harper Prize for achievement in intellectual property, and a B.A. from Brandeis University.

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