B.A: Vassar College J.D: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
2022, 2023, and 2024 Best Lawyer in America award from Best Lawyers in Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures & Television and Litigation - Intellectual Property categories
2023 Chambers Ranked Lawyer in Media and Entertainment: Advisory Category
Edward Klaris is the managing partner at Klaris Law and CEO of KlarisIP. He founded the firms in 2015 after having been a litigator at Davis Wright Tremaine, as well as a 17-year stint in-house at ABC/Disney, The New Yorker, and Conde Nast. Since 2005, Ed has been an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, teaching media law and intellectual property.
Since starting Klaris, Ed and the firm have been awarded for their outstanding work many times by such prestigious organizations as Chambers, US News & World Report and the NY Law Journal. The Financial Times and Inc. 5000 both awarded the firm one of the fastest growing businesses in North America. The firm prides itself on being highly responsive to clients and providing first class legal services at reasonable rates fit to client needs. Ed has thrived at building a strong practice and cares deeply about surrounding himself with smart, open-minded colleagues, who share his passion for the work.
Over the course of Ed’s career, he has represented clients in a range of business sectors, serving as an advisor and advocate for companies of all sizes. His media and entertainment practice covers publishing, podcasting, movie and TV production, documentaries, pre-publication review, licensing, content distribution, technology, virtual reality, machine learning, online subscriptions and e-commerce businesses, as well as many clients in the arts. Ed’s trademark practice includes studios, major hospitality businesses, producers of luxury goods, lifestyle and gaming companies. The firm has connections with a large network of intellectual property firms around the world.
Ed has published many articles and contributed to several books, including three chapters in the American Bar Association’s “Intellectual Property and Technology Due Diligence” published in 2018. He speaks at conferences around the world and is an active member of the Media Law Resource Center and the Association of the Bar of the City of NY. He raised his two children in NYC and now also spends part of the year working from Los Angeles. Ed graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal at Cardozo Law School. He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, and the federal and state courts in New York.
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