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Oliver James Herzfeld

Licensing Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Oliver Herzfeld

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Oliver

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Over 25 years of consistent achievement while serving as an instrumental member of and trusted legal adviser to executive management; building and leading world-class legal teams; managing outside counsel; creating powerful internal and external alliances; managing through contingency events and change; and overseeing all aspects of the corporate legal function, corporate governance and compliance.


Areas of focus include:

• Commercial transactions
• Licensing and intellectual property
• Employment matters
• Strategic planning
• Developing and directing the corporate legal function
• Risk management and dispute resolution


Oliver Herzfeld oversees all aspects of the Legal department of The Beanstalk Group. More specifically, Oliver manages Beanstalk’s Legal team that drafts and negotiates all license agreements on behalf of Beanstalk's clients; manages Beanstalk’s Contract Administration team that conducts financial and contractual integrity validation and verification, as well as administrative processing and distribution, for all license, representation, sub-agent, acquisition, consulting, finder fee and other agreements involving Beanstalk and/or its clients; and personally drafts and negotiates all representation agreements with Beanstalk’s clients.


Prior to joining Beanstalk, Oliver was a partner at Joseph & Herzfeld LLP where he specialized in corporate, intellectual property and employment law. He has also worked in the corporate sector as chief legal officer of w-Technologies, a leading wireless software firm, and as general counsel of The Capital Markets Company, a technology solutions firm focused on financial services. His responsibilities included commercial, intellectual property and employment law, as well as dispute resolution. Previously, Oliver served as functional general counsel of intellectual property, technology, and licensing at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated. Oliver began his legal career as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell where he worked on a broad range of corporate and securities matters.


Oliver earned a bachelor of arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University, and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.


Oliver is deeply involved in several social service organizations in his community, is a mediator for the MediateArt program of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and performs pro bono legal work for not-for-profit organizations.

Photos and videos

Live interview on CNN re: the Blurred Lines lawsuit 2015-03-11
Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 6/22/2015
Presenting at PLI’s Advanced Licensing Agreements conference in New York 2015-03-09
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Oliver James Herzfeld
1285 Avenue of the Americas
5th Floor
New York, NY, 10019

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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2010
Broad range of skills
Oliver has a broad area of expertise, and has provided me with thoughtful and knowledgeable counsel in the areas of commercial transactions, operating agreements, HR, accounting practices, compliance, insurance, risk management, dispute resolution, and other corporate legal areas. I am very impressed by Oliver's professionalism and his timely responses to queries and requests. Oliver has both a great legal and business mind. I would highly recommend Oliver to anyone looking to negotiate a complex transaction or to build an organization.
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Posted by frank | May 16, 2010
An excellent lawyer.
Oliver Herzfeld is a lawyer and a gentleman. He worked on various commercial transactions for us and displayed an amazing talent at drafting and negotiating complex agreements. He also provided strategic advice on a contractual dispute that proved invaluable and helped us reach a resolution on favorable terms. Importantly, Mr. Herzfeld takes the time and makes the effort to really learn and understand his clients’ businesses. He responds to assignments with great energy, alacrity and attention to detail. He always made us feel like we were his first priority and most important client. Mr. Herzfeld delivers on promised deadlines and any further work and change orders are met with an equal sense of urgency. Mr. Herzfeld cares for his clients and protects their interest. Mr. Herzfeld is a great asset to anyone hiring him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • SVP & Chief Legal Officer
  • The Beanstalk Group
  • 2003 - Present
  • Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Legal Officer
  • w-Technologies
  • 2000 - 2002
  • General Counsel
  • Capco
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
  • JP Morgan
  • 1993 - 1999
  • Corporate Associate
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
  • 1990 - 1993
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  • Columbia University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • Ramaz
  • 1981


  • MediateArt
  • 2005 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • 2003 - Present
  • International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA)
  • 2003 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • New York University
  • N/A
  • Dean's Honors List
  • New York University
  • N/A
  • Regents Scholar
  • New York University
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Zicklin School of Business Administration, MBA Program
  • License Agreements 101
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (6)
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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Herzfeld is a highly capable attorney committed to providing clients experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive representation. I endorse him without reservation."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have met thousands of attorneys in 25 years practicing. Oliver is the best I know. He is dedicated, he cares about his clients, intensely focused, possesses vast knowledge and is a supremely strong negotiator. And he delivers before time and under budget. There is nothing I would hesitate to send him, and I do, and he always comes through- with clear, precise results in record time. If you have the opportunity to work with him, grab it."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"It is my pleasure to recommend Oliver. I reported directly to Oliver for over 2½ years at The Beanstalk Group, where he is the Chief Legal Officer. Oliver has a deep knowledge of several areas of law and is able to give quick, clear and accurate advice on almost any legal issue. Oliver is one of the best negotiators I have ever worked with and I learned something from him on literally every deal we worked on together. He gains instant credibility with the opposing party by demonstrating expertise on the issues involved while negotiating in a manner that encourages cooperation. As a manager, Oliver supports his team with a true open door policy and never “over manages”. Every member of Oliver’s team knows they can go to him with any issue at anytime and feels comfortable doing so because they are invariably greeted with a smile and the correct answer. Oliver approaches every decision with integrity, intelligence and enthusiasm. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him!"
Intellectual property Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"To call Oliver a great attorney —which he is— would be too limiting. He sees deeper and goes further than that. He solves difficult legal and business problems the way a mathematical genius solves difficult proofs—quickly, correctly, and with elegant simplicity. Every negotiator claims to practice “win-win” negotiating, but Oliver exemplifies the “win-win” style, in which respect for his opponent in pursuit of a mutually beneficial solution always takes precedence over short-term, aggression driven tactical approaches. During his seven years as GC of Beanstalk, lawsuits have been close to zero and outside legal fees have been close to zero. And Oliver is respected not only for his legal skill, but for his business acumen and his personable, self-effacing style as well."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Oliver is an encouraging supervisor who recognizes the hard work of his team. He manages his staff in a way that challenges them professionally and respects them as individuals. There is very little turnover in the legal department. Oliver is a talented attorney, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable and hard-working, with great business judgment and acumen. He is an astute evaluator of talent and character and excels at creating consensus among those holding competing viewpoints."
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New York Licensing Lawyer Oliver James Herzfeld
Oliver James Herzfeld
Licensing Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 33 years