Status: Member since 2007
Toby M. J. Butterfield litigates intellectual property, copyright, trademark and general commercial
cases in federal and state courts, and counsels clients on various
entertainment and IP matters.
Graduate of Oxford University, 1988 (B.A. Hons.); Inns
of Court School of Law in London, 1989; and New York University School of
Law, 1990 (LL.M. International).
He moved to his present firm in 2003 having practiced at
Sullivan & Cromwell and at Kay Collyer & Boose LLP. Admitted as a barrister in England
in 1989 (although he does not practice English law). Admitted in New York
in 1991, and admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern,
Southern and Eastern Districts of New
York, the United States Courts of Appeal for the
Second and Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.
Regular speaker on television format rights at
television industry events such as the Banff World Television Festival, the
Rose D'Or Festival, Lucerne,
and the Copyright Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasters Union.
Annually moderates N.Y.U. School
of Law lawyering exercises.
For 6 years, and member and Co-chair of the Advisory
Board of WNYC, New York's
Public Radio station.
Mr. Butterfield regularly advises and represents
television companies concerning copyright, clearances, formats and
trademark protection issues.
Member, New York City Bar Association Entertainment Law
Committee, and past chair of the City Bar’s Committee on State Courts
of Superior Jurisdiction.
Administrator of Judicial Screening Panel for 2005 New York State
Supreme Court candidates for Democratic Party.
Clients include organizations and corporations with
contractual and litigation issues to resolve, businesses, organizations and
individuals with copyright and trademark disputes, and those seeking
sophisticated counselling in the media, entertainment, merchandise and other