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Ronald David Coleman

Ronald David Coleman

also known as Ronald D. Coleman, Ron Coleman

About me

Commercial litigation and counseling in New York and New Jersey specializing in trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition, especially with respect to the use of intellectual property on the Internet

I have successfully represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, arbitrations and mediations throughout the country in a wide variety of commercial litigation and other matters, including contract disputes, distributorship litigation, trademark and unfair competition, trademark counterfeiting, business tort claims, toxic tort and insurance coverage litigation, discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, copyright infringement claims, trade secret, restrictive covenant and real estate litigation.  My law firm, Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP, is also one of the leading construction law firms in the New York area.


My litigation experience runs the gamut from pretrial investigation and early dispute resolution through every aspect of bench and jury trials as well as appeals.  My team is trained to deliver the quality, sophistication and depth of big-firm litigation groups in a client-friendly, economically rational package.


I am also the general counsel of the Media Bloggers Association and have developed a reputation for my representation of clients in connection with online business and specifically the use of intellectual property on the Internet. My blog about copyright, trademark and related issues, Likelihood of Confusion, was recognized by the ABA Journal as one of the top 100 law-related blogs in the country in its first-ever listing in 2007. I wrote the first article on Internet law in that magazine (1995) as well as the various scholarly articles and book contributions on law and litigation shown in my listing here.


I am admitted to the state and federal courts in the states of New York and New Jersey.


Languages spoken: Hebrew, Spanish, Yiddish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    27 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
    27 years
  3. Internet: 20%
    17 years
  4. Business: 15%



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  • Edward Paul Alper

    Mr. Coleman gets a strong endorsement. He's the best! He's tops in the field of intellectual property, and his blog, "Likelihood of Confusion" is widely read and respected.


    Edward Alper Landlord & Tenant Attorney
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  • Oliver James Herzfeld

    Ron is an expert on trademark, copyright, trade secret, Internet and electronic commerce law; a zealous advocate and fierce litigator on behalf of his clients; an award-winning legal journalist/author; and an awesome blogger.


    Oliver Herzfeld Licensing Attorney
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Contact info

Archer & Greiner, PC

Court Plaza South, West Wing
21 Main Street, Suite 353
Hackensack, NJ, 07601-7095



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2006
Rated "AV'Martindale-Hubbell1999
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGoetz Fitzpatrick LLP2008 - Present
PartnerHoffman Polland & Furman, PLLC2007 - 2008
PartnerBragar Wexler & Eagel, PC2006 - 2007
PartnerColeman Law Firm, a Professional Corporation2003 - 2006
PartnerGibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP2000 - 2003
AssociatePitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, LLP1996 - 2000
Adjunct Professor of LawSeton Hall University Law School1995 - 1995
AssociateLowenstein, Sandler, Kohl, Fisher & Boylan, a Professional Corporation1992 - 1994
AssociateKaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association chapter (City)SDNY Chapter2014 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2014 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationIntellectual Property Section Member2012 - Present
Copyright Society of the USAMember2011 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee2009 - 2012
International Trademark AssociationMember, Internet Committee; Online Trademark Use Subcommittee2005 - 2007
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMember, Internet and Computer Law Committee2003 - 2006
International Anti-Counterfeiting CoalitionMember, Internet Legislation Taskforce2001 - 2003
International Anti-Counterfeiting CoalitionTask Force Head, Legislation Committee2000 - 2002
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Trademarks and Unfair Competition Committee2000 - 2003
Federalist SocietyVice-Chairman, Religious LIberties Practice Group1998 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Designer Skin, LLC v. S & L Vitamins, Inc. (E.D.N.Y.)Most claims dismissed; injunction; no dams or fees
S & L Vitamins, Inc. v. Australian Gold, Inc. (E.D.N.Y.)Partial SJ for S&L; verdict vacated; consent inj.
Louis Vuitton Malletier v. Veit (E.D. Pa.)Statutory damages of $1M for TM counterfeiting
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Publication nameTitleDate
Intellectual Property Owners Education FoundationThe Policy and Constitutional Challenges to Contemporary Application of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act2015
New York State Bar Association JournalBloggers, Journalists, Reporting and Privilege2013
In the Arena: A Sports Law HandbookHow Trademark Protection Intersects with the Athlete’s Right of Publicity2013
American Intellectual Property Law Association(A Short History of) The Misuse of Trademarks to Control Free Expression2013
Federalist SocietyTrademark, Copyright, and the Internet: Time to Return Balance to Civil Litigation2010
Copyright and New Media Law NewsletterCopyright Rules of the Road for Bloggers2009
Likelihood of Confusion blogWeblog2009
NJ Law JournalHands off Blogs: Mandatory disclosure of payment to bloggers runs counter to free expression2007
Advertising Compliance ServicePrudential Standing: Who is "any person" under the Lanham Act?2006
NJSBA Business Law Symposium (ICLE)Managing Risk: Litigation Prophylaxis in High-Tech Agreements2003
Journal of Internet LawDe Minimis Confusion on the Internet: Compounding the Error of Initial Interest2003
Record of the Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkOnline Auction Sites and Trademark Infringement Liability2003
Mondaq.comDepositions and Wrongful Profits in Infringement Cases: Cornering Your Prey with Rule 30(b)(6)2002
Mealey's Cyber Tech LitigationHacker with a White Hat2001
CorporateIntelligence.comNew York's Declaratory Judgment Insurance Trap2001
Corporateintelligence.comCourts Run Hot and Cold on Liquidated Damages2000
CorporateIntelligence.comThe Common Interest Privilege's Evolving Nomenclature and Jurisprudence2000
The ABA Legal Guide for Small BusinessPrimary author, trade paperback2000
Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (West)Chapter 6, "Responses to Complaints" (with Clyde A. Szuch)1998
The ABA Guide to Consumer LawTrade paperback1998
National Law Journal IP ExpressContracting on the Internet1997
National Law JournalCourt Nixes Fees for Fact Witnesses1997
Mealey's Litigation ReportNew York's Choice of Law Doctrine in Coverage Cases1997
ABA JournalCivil Disclosures: Skepticism runs rampant as the federal courts' experiment with discovery reform hits the two-year mark1995
ABA JournalCopycats on the Superhighway1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Princeton UniversityEconomicsAB1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
25th Annual USPTO Day ConferenceFederal Registration of Disparaging, Immoral and Scandalous Trademarks2015
Trademark Talk: Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Trademark LawTrademark Year in Review: Notable Decisions2014
Green Paper RoundtableStatutory Damages in Copyright2014
CIPLA March MeetingThe SLANTS Appeal and Examining Attorney Independent Research2014
Annual Federal Circuit SymposiumAddressing the Efficacy of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act2014
AIPLA Annual MeetingTrademarks, Goodwill and Free Speech2013
Annual MeetingRighthaven and Mass Copyright Infringement Campaigns2011
Table Talk (Facilitator)Policing Trademarks on the Internet and the Web 2.02010
Annual Spring MeetingKeying Up Keywords: The Role of IP in Keyword Searching2010
Advanced Trademark LawA Focus on Initial Interest Confusion, Post-Sale Confusion and Related Strategies2010
Legal Aspects of BloggingLegal Aspects of Blogging2008
Halacha Conference of Agudath IsraelJewish law issues in legal practice2007
Advanced Internet Strategies for the New Jersey Legal ProfessionalLegal research on the Internet for non-lawyers2006
Seminar on Advanced Trademark Law (ABCNY)Advanced trademark law2005
Table Talk (Facilitator)Issues in Trademark Dilution2004
Electronic Data Management and Discovery I ssues: Where is the Tipping Point? (Del. Bar Assoc.)Electronic discovery2003
Annual Business Law Institute (NJSBA)Managing Risks and Costs of Acquiring IT Solutions2003
Faith Under Democracy (Fed. Soc.)Constitutional law - First Amendment2002
Branding Strategies and IssuesIP issues in branding2002
Attacking Counterfeiting in the 21st Century (NYIPA)Trademark counterfeiting2002
Annual Meeting (IACC)Legislation / lobbying report to members2002
2001 Wireless Conference (Conf. Bd.)Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Where Wireless is Ubiquitous2001
Trademarks in Cyberspace (INTA)Trademark rights vs. free speech2000