David Leichtman, a partner in the firm’s New York office, has been named to the New York Law Journal’s 2016 “Lawyers Who Lead by Example” list, in the Pro Bono Category. The list honors attorneys with an outstanding record of providing important pro bono legal representation to New Yorkers who could not otherwise afford legal services.
Before entering law school, David studied playwriting, giving him particular appreciation for the financial difficulties faced by artists to pay for legal representation – specifically to defend rights to their work. Since law school, David has devoted significant time representing Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Inc. (VLA) clients in pro bono matters that shape the practice of intellectual property law in New York and across the United States. In his current role as Chairman of the VLA Board of Directors, David also works with the organization to develop and implement policy.
Most recently, David wrote an amicus brief on behalf of VLA in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, a case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court that involved setting a standard for awarding attorneys’ fees to winners of copyright cases. David’s brief was recognized by the National Law Journal as its “Brief of the Week” and was widely cited in the media.
In addition to his pro bono work for VLA, David is a former Vice-Chair of the IPO Committee on Copyright Practice, Co-Chair of the Inventor of the Year Committee for the New York IP Law Association (NYIPLA), a member of the NYIPLA Committee on Patent Litigation, and a founder of the Intellectual Property Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America.
The New York Law Journal published a profile describing David’s accomplishments. To read it, click here.