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Lawyer: Toby Butterfield

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, Switzerland, 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 industries.

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Toby M. J. Butterfield

Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

New York



Tel: (212) 974-7474

Fax: (212) 974-8474