/// Christopher R. Chase, Counsel to Frankfurt Kurnit
Christopher R. Chase is Counsel to Frankfurt Kurnit, where he practices intellectual property, advertising, sports and entertainment law. He counsels entities and individuals in the advertising and entertainment industries on all aspects of their businesses, including rights clearance (such as copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity), regulatory matters, and risk assessment. He structures and negotiates creative services agreements, commercial production agreements, brand and celebrity licensing agreements, sponsorship and event promotion agreements, celebrity talent and on-camera agreements, content releases and licenses, and music licenses. He also counsels clients regarding potential and actual litigations arising out of commercials, print advertisements, sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions, magazines, films, television productions, and websites. He has been quoted in the Sports Business Journal, and has been featured in The Legal 500 for his work in marketing and advertising law. Mr. Chase was also recently recognized as a New York area “Rising Star” in the 2013 edition of Super Lawyers magazine.
Additionally, he works with numerous clients in the sports industry, including counseling a major sports league on branded entertainment, intellectual property, and promotional matters, advising both sponsors and properties on the structure and negotiation of sponsorship and endorsement arrangements, counseling agency clients that activate sponsors’ marketing campaigns, advising major sports apparel and footwear companies on marketing campaigns, and counseling a major University on its media rights agreement in the wake of the athletic conference realignment. He is founder of the firm’s sports law group.
Mr. Chase’s practice also includes counseling entertainment, advertising, sports, media, and fashion industry clients on the clearance, selection, maintenance, and enforcement of trademarks worldwide, as well as prosecuting trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and participating in actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Mr. Chase is a member of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Sports Lawyers Association, the International Trademark Association, the National Sports Marketing Network, and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Sponsorship. Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Chase was a litigation associate at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP.
Mr. Chase graduated from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (JD, 2002, magna cum laude) and the University of North Carolina (BA, 1999). During law school, he was the Executive Articles Editor of the Catholic University Law Review and interned for the Honorable S. Martin Teel, Jr. of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Chase is also an accomplished author. His publications include “To Shred or Not To Shred: Document Destruction Policies and the Federal Obstruction of Justice Statutes,” which was cited by Chief Justice Rehnquist in the Supreme Court’s seminal Arthur Andersen v. United States decision (544 U.S. 696 (2005)), “A Moral Dilemma: Morals Clauses in Endorsement Contracts”, which appeared in Sports Litigation Alert (Volume 6, Issue 6, April 10, 2009), and “Fighting for What’s Left of Exclusivity: Strategies To Protect the Exclusivity of Sponsors in the Sports Industry,” which appeared in the August 2010 issue of the Journal of Sponsorship. Mr. Chase is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and the Parsons, New School of Design.