Lisa Pearson is an experienced, versatile and creative litigator specializing in copyright, trademark, unfair competition and Internet-related disputes. She represents creators and brand owners across a broad spectrum of industries including fashion and luxury goods, publishing, the arts and entertainment, consumer products, travel and many others.

Ms. Pearson began her legal career at one of New York’s top litigation firms, where she enjoyed a diverse complex litigation practice, handling contract, tort, securities, First Amendment, white collar, International Trade Commission and even death penalty cases, in addition to intellectual property. Since 1991, she has focused on intellectual property litigation, obtaining excellent results for her clients in federal and state courts across the United States, in UDRP proceedings to recover domain names, and in cancellation and opposition proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has designed and implemented comprehensive policing, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting programs for many well-known rights owners. Ms. Pearson also advises clients on a wide array of issues including, by way of example, creative strategies for protecting intellectual property, formulating sane strategies for tackling infringements on the Internet and other social media, copyright and trademark rights in characters, idea submission procedures, and the popular parody and fair use defenses in infringement cases.

A trained mediator and member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) Trademark Mediators Network, Ms. Pearson has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution. She has successfully resolved numerous disputes through mediation, arbitration and favorable settlements. Because she endeavors to find sensible business solutions to legal problems, she has also assisted clients in negotiating and drafting asset purchase agreements, intellectual property licenses and transfers, coexistence agreements and other commercial agreements.

Ms. Pearson received Lexology’s 2013 Client Choice Guide Award in the Intellectual Property: Trademarks category for New York. World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 Definitive Guide to Trademark Legal Services rated Lisa as one of the top trademark litigators in New York (2011-2014), describing her as “a formidable trial lawyer with profound knowledge of the law and an eye to the bigger picture” and “one of the greats in the industry.” She is ranked as a New York “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation (2007-2013) and a “Top 50 Women New York Super Lawyer” (2013) by Super Lawyers magazine as well as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell and a 2013 IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Ms. Pearson has also been recognized as a leading copyright and trademark litigator by Legal 500 (2007-2014); Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners (2012 and 2014) and IP Stars-Top 250 Women in IP (2013); The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers (2011-2014); Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2010, 2012, 2013); LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell’s New York’s Women Leaders in the Law (2012, 2013); and Women in Business Law Guide (2014). In 2009, Ms. Pearson received a prestigious Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. Ms. Pearson is AV® Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Citibar Women in the Profession Committee

Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Member

International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC), Customs Committee

International Trademark Association (INTA), Trademark Mediators Network

Marques, Chair, Outer Borders of Trademarks Committee

Education

  • Columbia Law School, J.D. (1980)
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, ASCAP Nathan Burton Award, Columbia Human Rights Law Review Associate Editor
  • Yale University, B.A. (1977)
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, distinction in the English Major

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Who We Are

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New York, NY, 10036-7703
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Lisa Pearson

Experience Highlights

Zino Davidoff S.A. v. CVS Corp.
Obtained a preliminary injunction, which was affirmed on appeal, enjoining CVS's sale of decoded gray market DAVIDOFF COOL WATER fragrances, as well more
Coty Inc. et al. v. C Lenu Inc. et al.
Obtained a $500,000 consent judgment and permanent injunction against C Lenu, Inc. and its principals. C Lenu operated a decoding facility that used more
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. v. Payless Shoesource Inc.
The firm served as lead counsel asserting American Eagle Outfitters’ trademarks and obtained a preliminary injunction relative to advertising more
Pan American World Airways Inc. v. Flight 001 Inc.
Defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction brought by Pan American World Airways against our clients Flight 001, Inc. and Flight 001 Holdings, more