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Gili Karev


Gili Karev in an associate on the litigation and production legal teams at Klaris Law. She works on a wide range of intellectual property, First Amendment, and production transactions and disputes on behalf of production companies, news organizations, authors and authors’ estates, and individual content creators. Her practice focuses on copyright analysis and protection and includes content review, editorial and legal counseling, litigation and litigation avoidance, and negotiating and drafting development, production and distribution agreements in the audio and television industries.

Prior to law school, Gili worked in the art market as the Global Curator of Opera Gallery Group and as a specialized provenance researcher advising private collectors, law firms and art dealers with regards to provenance risks of artworks located or lost in Europe during WWII.

Gili graduated summa cum laude with a double bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Chinese from Tel Aviv University; has a law degree from City University of London Law School; and a J.D./LL.M from Columbia Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, where she was also the recipient of the Michael D. Remer Award for copyright law. She is currently an active member of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) Copyright and Literary Property Committee and the Copyright Society.

Gili was the 2001 Australian National Gymnastics Champion and served as a commander sergeant in the Israeli Air Force’s Flight Academy Combat Training Program. She was raised in Israel, Australia, and Japan, is fluent in Hebrew, and now lives between Manhattan and the Hudson Valley.

Representative Matters


  • Tolkien Estate v. Polychron, C.D. Cal. (copyright infringement claim against author of unauthorized sequel to The Lord of the Rings) (ongoing)
  • Polychron v. Tolkien Estate, Amazon Studios, et. al. C.D. Cal. (successful dismissal of copyright infringement claim, August 2023)


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