Peter L. Skolnik

 

 

 

 

Direct Dial: 973-474-2311
Direct Fax: 973-474-2314
Main: 973-707-5346
pskolnik@clarkguldin.com

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Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 1987), magna cum laude (Yeshiva University)
  • Columbia University (M.F.A, 1968), stage directing
  • Harvard University (B. A, 1966)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Memberships

  • President, New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Chair, New Jersey Media Lawyers Association
  • Former Chair, Media Law Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • American Bar Association: Intellectual Property, Communications and Litigation Sections
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), Defense Counsel Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETER L. SKOLNIK concentrates his practice in the areas of media and entertainment law, First Amendment law, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, and complex civil litigation.  He advises and litigates around the country for high tech companies, publishers, broadcasters, authors, artists and athletes, literary estates and arts organizations.

Significant Matters

Mr. Skolnik represented the Estate of Vladimir Nabokov successfully in a highly celebrated case involving infringement of the copyright to Lolita; successfully defended David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, through litigation and trial concerning early development of the enormously successful television series; and defended filmmaker Jamie Johnson against an invasion of privacy suit arising from his award-winning documentary for HBO, Born Rich, in which Mr. Skolnik appears.  He has successfully negotiated contract matters for, among others, actress Ginnifer Goodwin, and prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell.  Mr. Skolnik also litigated on behalf of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo to halt infringements of its trademark in Japan, and mounted an effective First Amendment pro bono defense of cult expert Rick Ross, in defamation litigation brought by Landmark Education concerning criticisms of Landmark’s “Forum” that appear on Ross’s web site.

Mr. Skolnik’s media law practice includes representing media organizations in defamation actions and actions to obtain access to courtrooms and court records. He is a co-author of the New Jersey section in the Media Law Resource Center’s Annual 50-State Survey of Privacy and Related Torts.  His trademark litigation practice includes enforcement of licensing agreements and restrictive covenants, the application of U.S. law to acts of infringement abroad and other issues.

Mr. Skolnik was chosen as a Super Lawyer for 2005 through 2016 as seen in New Jersey Monthly magazine, and was profiled in the inaugural 2005 edition. A description of the selection process can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Peter is the President of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NJVLA) and Chair of the New Jersey Media Lawyers Association (NJMLA).  From 2004-2010, he was an Adjunct Professor of International Copyright Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, has been an Adjunct Professor of Publishing Law at New York Law School, and was formerly both a successful theatrical producer/director and seven-term president of a national association of literary agents.

Practice

Litigation
• Defamation defense
• Invasion of privacy defense
• First Amendment rights
• Copyright and trademark infringement
• Idea submission and ownership
• Talent/management disputes
• Contract disputes
• Access to courts for televising proceedings

Counseling
• Pre-publication/pre-broadcast review
• Libel readings
• Shield law/reporters’ privilege counseling
• Copyright/trademark ownership, registration, and enforcement
• International copyright issues
• International trademark issues
• Advice to foreign producers re U.S. practices and requirements

Transactions
• Rights acquisition and licensing agreements
• Production agreements
• Domestic and foreign publishing licenses
• Performance rights licenses to literary materials
• Collaboration and ghostwriter agreements
• Book distribution agreements
• Author-agent agreements
• Sales of publishing assets

 

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