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David B. Sherman

Special Counsel
New York Office

David B. Sherman concentrates his practice in intellectual property with an emphasis on trademark, copyright and technology matters. David’s practice focuses on the clearance, protection, use and licensing of trademarks, logos and branding, advertising, marketing and promotions, celebrity endorsement and talent agreements, creative content and intellectual property-related diligence and corporate transactions. He also provides counseling to a wide array of businesses, ranging from start-ups to large privately held and public companies, on technology-related issues, including domain name disputes, user-generated content, social media and online infringement. David serves as a member of Katten’s firmwide Associates Committee and its New York Associates Committee.

David regularly represents clients in the fashion, apparel, music, entertainment, media, publishing, food and beverage, financial services, banking and consumer products industries.

In 2014, David was selected by the New York Law Journal as a recipient of its “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” award, based on his outstanding record of pro bono service. David has performed significant pro bono work with Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), including serving as a member of VOLS's Microenterprise Project Advisory Council, and overseeing Katten's participation in the Microenterprise Project, which was recognized by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the City of New York as part of its Neighborhood Achievement Awards and for which the firm won a VOLS Pro Bono Award. As part of the project, David has provided one-on-one legal consultation and developed and delivered educational courses on intellectual property to low-income entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout New York City.

During law school, David served as an extern to the Honorable Joel A. Pisano, US District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Shown below is a selection of David’s engagements.


Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Pro Bono Service Award, 2010

New York Law Journal

New York Law Journal, Lawyer Who Leads by Example, 2014

New York State Bar Association

New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel, 2013
Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2015–2017

Empire State Counsel®

Empire State Counsel®, Pro bono Honoree, 2016
June 15, 2012
New Generic Top-Level Domain Names: What Brand Owners Need to Know
September 1, 2011
"Trademarks for Creative Professionals and Designers,"
September 1, 2011
"Residual Goodwill and Abandonment," Managing Intellectual Property
June 1, 2007
"Creating a Trademark Protection Program," Practising Law Institute's Understanding Trademark Law 2007
April 23, 2007
"Mediation of Trademark Disputes Has Advantages," National Law Journal
January 1, 2007
"Cost and Resource Allocation Under the Orphan Works Act of 2006: Would the Act Reduce Transaction Costs, Allocate Orphan Works Efficiently, and Serve the Goals of Copyright Law?" 12 Virginia Journal of Law and Technology 4
2014–2016 Editions
Contributing Author (on Fashion Licensing), The Licensing Law Update, Wolters Kluwer
June 30, 2012
Legal Issues for Startups: Intellectual Property and Mistakes That Impact Funding | Collaborative Innovation Community | New York, New York
September 21, 2011
Start Me Up!: Entrepreneurs and Intellectual Property | Brooklyn Law School | Brooklyn, New York
July 21, 2009
Intellectual Property as a Means of Building Value in a Business | The Levin Institute Fast Trac "Growth Venture" Series | New York, New York
David B. Sherman


  • JD, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • BA, Colgate University

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of New Jersey



New York Law Journal

Lawyer Who Leads by Example, 2014

New York State Bar Association

Empire State Counsel, 2013

Empire State Counsel®

Pro bono Honoree, 2016
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  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Trademark Law and Practice Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Volunteers of Legal Service, Microenterprise Project Advisory Council


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