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Perfect Ten: Best Lawyers Honors Ten Davis & Gilbert Partners in the Areas of Advertising, Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate

New York, NY, August 15, 2013 – Davis & Gilbert is pleased to announce that ten of the firm’s partners have been named to the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most venerable peer-review publication in the legal profession.


  • Ronald R. Urbach, Chairman/Co-Chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group, was recognized for the fifth consecutive year. Mr. Urbach regularly represents numerous leading multinational, national and regional advertising and marketing agencies, as well as some of the world’s largest advertisers and marketers. Mr. Urbach’s practice covers every pertinent issue and area from regulatory advice and defense, transactional drafting, review of advertising materials, analysis of marketing programs, and the application of intellectual property laws and rights of privacy and publicity.
  • Gerald B. Schwartz, Co-Chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions Practice Group, was recognized for the second consecutive year. Mr. Schwartz is regularly involved in the review and negotiation of contracts between advertising agencies and their clients, as well as all forms of advertising, dealing with issues such as claim substantiation, false advertising, demonstrations, guarantees, testimonials and copyright and trademark matters, and New York State sales tax issues. In addition, Mr. Schwartz regularly drafts and negotiates celebrity talent contracts along with various other forms of contracts.
  • Howard R. Weingrad, Partner, was recognized for the fourth consecutive year. Mr. Weingrad has extensive experience in counseling clients on music, copyright, rights of privacy and publicity, and talent issues, as well as matters involving broadcast and digital advertising production and social media advertising. He is one of the country’s leading attorneys in matters involving the complex provisions and implications of the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the American Federation of Music and other advertising and entertainment industry collective bargaining agreements.
  • Joseph J. Lewczak, Partner, was recognized for the fourth consecutive year. Mr. Lewczak has extensive expertise in the areas of games of chance, complex skill contests, telemarketing, direct mail and charitable solicitations. He represents a plethora of multinational, national and local advertising agencies, promotions agencies, advertisers, direct marketers, and telemarketers in connection with all aspects of advertising, promotions, marketing, direct marketing and telemarketing.


  • Howard J. Rubin, Co-Chair of the Litigation and Labor & Employment practice groups, was recognized for the second consecutive year. Mr. Rubin counsels a wide range of employers on all aspects of employment law including employment policies and practices, discrimination, restrictive covenants, fair labor standards and affirmative action plans. He has also litigated numerous employment related disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitrations through FINRA and the AAA.
  • Gregg A. Gilman, Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment practice group, was recognized for the third consecutive year. Mr. Gilman advises employers on all workplace-related matters, including wage and hour issues, preventive management, terminations, reductions in force, disciplinary measures, restrictive covenants, executive compensation, harassment investigations, and employment policies. Mr. Gilman also represents employers in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and local employment-rights agencies.


  • Michael C. Lasky, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group, was recognized for the second consecutive year in the category Litigation – Labor & Employment. Mr. Lasky has litigated complex commercial and employment cases in a number of industries, including in particular marketing communications, financial services, and transportation. He has litigated through trial and appeal some of the leading trade secrets, fiduciary duty, and restrictive covenant cases in New York. He is also a noted authority on the use and enforceability of various post-employment restrictions on competition and the movement of talent between competitive organizations.

Real Estate:

  • Gerald R. Uram, Partner and former Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, was recognized for the fourth consecutive year. Mr. Uram has over 40 years of experience in representing businesses in the buying, selling and leasing of property throughout the United States. He has handled headquarters leases for numerous nationally recognized companies across multiple industry sectors and has represented both landlords and tenants in some of the largest leasing transactions in New York City.
  • Robert A. Karin, Partner, was recognized for the first time this year. He has over 25 years of experience representing a broad array of businesses in the buying, selling, developing, leasing and financing of real property throughout the United States, with a focus on negotiating and structuring acquisitions of retail and commercial properties and retail and office leases. Mr. Karin’s clients include several major banks and asset-based lenders, national retailers, regional developers, and landlords of office, commercial, loft, mixed-use and hotel properties.
  • Mark E. Maltz, Co-Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, was recognized for the second consecutive year. Mr. Maltz represents prominent real estate owners and Fortune 500 companies in all types of complex commercial real estate transactions across the country, including financings, dispositions, acquisitions, and commercial leases. A significant portion of Mr. Maltz’s work is devoted to representing building owners and tenants in their office and retail leasing needs.

About The Best Lawyers in America
For more than three decades, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded - by both the legal profession and the public - as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. The new 2014 Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous national survey involving nearly 5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

About Davis & Gilbert
Davis & Gilbert LLP is an independent, strategically focused, full service, multi-disciplinary law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide range of clients - including some of the world's largest public companies, small and mid-size independent companies, partnerships, joint ventures, large media conglomerates and multinational holding companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, and private client services. Davis & Gilbert is ranked in publications and legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Law Firms. The firm has also been consistently recognized in The BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” (2012-2015) and in The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List (2012-2014).

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