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

New York, NY, August 18, 2014 – Davis & Gilbert is pleased to announce that ten of the firm’s partners have been recognized by the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most venerable peer-review publication in the legal profession.


  • Ronald R. Urbach, Chairman/Practice Group Co-Chair, was recognized for the sixth consecutive year. Mr. Urbach’s practice covers all aspects of advertising, including 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. A particular focus of his practice involves appearing before the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, and other federal, state and local agencies that have jurisdiction over advertising, marketing and promotions, and he has handled many of the most critical advertising and marketing practice cases in recent years. He also regularly handles cases before the National Advertising Division.
  • Gerald B. Schwartz, Practice Group Co-Chair, was recognized for the third 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 frequently drafts and negotiates celebrity talent contracts along with various other forms of contracts.
  • Howard R. Weingrad, Partner, was recognized for the fifth consecutive year. Mr. Weingrad regularly counsels 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 fifth consecutive year. Mr. Lewczak has extensive experience in all areas relating to advertising, marketing, promotions, and intellectual property. He has in-depth knowledge of and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to sweepstakes and lotteries, including of games of chance, complex skill contests, and other types of offers. Mr. Lewczak is also an expert in mobile marketing, social media, and telemarketing, and charitable solicitations, among others. He is frequently called upon to negotiate complex talent, license, production, master service and other types of agreements.


  • Howard J. Rubin, Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Group Co-Chair, was recognized for the third consecutive year. Mr. Rubin counsels 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, Practice Group Co-Chair, was recognized for the fourth 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 mediation, arbitration, state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state and local employment-rights agencies.


  • Michael C. Lasky, Practice Group Co-Chair, was recognized for the third 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 well-known 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 Practice Group Chair, was recognized for the fifth consecutive year. Mr. Uram has over 40 years of experience representing businesses in the buying, selling and leasing of property throughout the United States. He has handled headquarters leases for a great deal of 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. He has also acted as an expert witness in several cases.
  • Robert A. Karin, Partner, was recognized for the second consecutive year. He has over 30 years of experience representing a wide variety of businesses in the buying, selling, developing, leasing and financing of property throughout the United States. 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. A substantial portion of his practice is devoted to retail leasing, where he is often hired to assist national retailers in their entry and rollout in the New York market.
  • Mark E. Maltz, Practice Group Co-Chair, was recognized for the third consecutive year. Mr. Maltz represents prominent real estate owners and Fortune 500 companies in all types of complex commercial real estate transactions across the United States, including financings, dispositions, acquisitions, and commercial leases. A large portion of Mr. Maltz’s work is devoted to representing building owners and tenants in their office and retail leasing needs and he consistently handles anchor tenant type leasing transactions in first class office buildings. He is also recognized for his expertise in handling switch facility and data center lease transactions and communications licenses on behalf of both owners and telecommunications companies.

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 2015 Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous national survey involving nearly five 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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