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James Lorin Silverberg

Copyright infringement Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   12 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Copyright infringement
    Admitted U.S.D.C.: S.D.N.Y., W.D.N.Y, E.D.N.Y., N.D. Ohio, D.C., N.D. ILL, MD, S.D. TX. Pro Hac Vice Appearances N.D., M.D. FL, M.D.CA, N.D. CA, M.D. GA., MO. United States Supreme Court

    43 years

  2. Licensing
    Art & Photography Licensing, Forensic Appraisal of Intellectual Property Values.

    43 years

  3. Trademark infringement
    Trademark Infringement, Domain Name Disputes.

    43 years

Licensed for 41 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/17/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 11/29/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1981
Updated 06/08/2022

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Posted by Michelle | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney is an Understatement
James Silverburg & Mike Oliver were my attorneys involving a photograph of mine that was used without my consent by a national news organization. I was extremely pleased with our results. Jamie & Mike gave me exceptional legal advise, and over a few years we had numerous settlements. I highly recommend Jamie, Mike, and IPGL!
Posted by Mary | May 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Really cares and wants to help
I had almost an hour long conversation with Jamie who really wanted to help and cared. Most lawyers only spend 5-10 minutes with you and just want to make a quick buck. Not Jamie. He was very professional and although I wish I could afford him, it makes sense why since you pay for what you get.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer. Knows his stuff.
When you hire someone from the Internet, you always do so with some trepidation. Without going into detail, I saw a few lawyers about my situation, and all told me to just drop it as it wasn't worth pursuing. Mr. Silverberg took my case, and managed, in a matter of months, to resolve my issue through some very thoughtful and strong emails. He is an experienced lawyer, who keeps you in the loop. When you contact him, he gets back to you soon. That is something you want in a lawyer. I certainly recommend him.
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Posted by Marty | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
James Silverberg is the ultimate professional !!
Jamie Silverberg is first and foremost a true professional in every sense of the word. Understanding and satisfying the client's needs is the cornerstone of success. Proven time and again to me Jamie is an expert ( perhaps the best ) in his field of Intellectual Property Law and has the tools necessary to successfully handle all your legal needs when it comes to copyright litigation and settlement legal services. I have found Jamie to be honest and fair in all my dealings with him and has the highest ethical and moral standards as well as a compassionate human being ! He's never to busy to take the time to explain or answer any question. I can't express how highly I recommend and appreciate him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Best for Corporate Intellectual Property
Our company switched to this firm after using a number of larger firms over many years. I wish we had made the move years ago. We have obtained several hundred thousand dollars in additional recoveries using this firm, and have done so at a fraction of the cost. Even though the hourly rate is about the same, the billable time is sharply reduced. We have had a number of defense matters as well, and have walked away paying nothing in each case. Instead of dreading having to call the company lawyer, we now look at it as a value added experience. Very easy to talk too. Very Professional. Very Highly Recommended.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2014
Very Kind and honest lawyer
James took the time to explain things to me in detail. He was honest and shared the best way to approach the case, despite personal financial gain!
Posted by Gene | November 6, 2014
The Best Artist (of any medium) Lawyer
Throughout my 20+ years in the entertainment industry, I've never had anyone in my corner come close to Jamie. His extensive background, experience and broad scope of knowledge over multiple facets of the industry, allowed him to quickly and masterfully handle my situation. My appreciation for what he has done is immeasurable. Call him. You’ll be very happy you did.
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Posted by Kevin | June 30, 2014
The BEST IP lawyer
Mr. Silverberg secured a generous settlement for me in a copyright infringement case. He was always available when I had a question. He took the time to explain all the possibilities & options, in detail, until he was sure I had a thorough understanding. He was direct but respectful to all parties involved, and I was always proud to have him as a part of my team. And, in the end, we settled without a court appearance, and he secured a more generous claim than I had hoped for - though it was deserving given the infringement. Summary - a first class professional.
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Posted by Wendy | August 2, 2013
James Lorin Silverberg helped me very much.
Jamie Silverberg analyzed and helped me re-draft a contract that one of my clients sent me to sign. I am a free lance photographer and Jamie was very knowledgeable and expereinced with those sorts of contractual issues. He promptly returned my email and dove right into the heart of the matter. He was clear, precise and obviously very well informed as to the issues involved. He was also very easy to talk to. I greatly appreciated his good help to me.
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Posted by Sandra | April 11, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Silverberg has handled a number of IT matters for my company ranging from litigation to licensing and contract matters over the past 30 years. I have always felt confident calling him when the company needed legal help. I highly recommend his services and I am certain there is no better lawyer in this field.
Posted by Jon | September 7, 2012
James Silverberg has represented me for many years in the area of art copyright infringement.
I have worked with Mr. Silverberg and his staff for many years. He has handled dozens of copyright infringements related to my personal artwork. From large cases requiring federal filings to small ones requiring skillful negotiation skills, he has excelled in all areas. If your looking for an attorney that knows everything about copyright infringements, filings etc in the arts category, from my point of view he is the best in North America. His rates are also reasonable for the average self employed artist. I strongly recommend Mr. Silverberg to anyone in the Creative Arts category needing legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2009
Best lawyer for copyright infringementv
Jamie handled a very complicated copyright case for me involving my first book and we won--From the onset he was competent and supportive in every way possible He is a terrific lawyer who worked for another old friend Ira Lowe in DC He helped me and moved the case of copyright infringement ahead in the highest possible professional way. Always grateful for his support. Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/San Francisco
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-1025 per hour
  • Contingency 22%-42%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • The Intellectual Property Group PC
  • 1981 - Present
  • APA Delegate
  • International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Senior Partner
  • Goldfarb & Silverberg
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • American University Masters In Arts Administration
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Professor of Law
  • Washington College Of Law
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Legal Specialist
  • United States Deparment Of Justice Commercial Litigation Branch
  • 1979 - 1981
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Attorney's Office For The District Of Columbia
  • 1979 - 1980
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  • The National Law Center, The George Washington University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • State University of New York, College at Purchase
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts/Honors
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Robert Kaufman Company, Inc. v. Ashford Textiles, LLC
  • See Docket
  • Casacci v. Kacalski & Hannon
  • See Docket
  • Johnson Godsy v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC
  • See Docket
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  • American Society for Collective Rights Licensing
  • General Counsel
  • 2016 - Present
  • Academic Intellectual Property Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • White House News Photographers Association
  • General Counsel
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • IFFRO International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations, Brussels, Belguim
  • International Delegate
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts/Washington, D.C.
  • Legal Counsel / Founding Member
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Lawyers Comittee for the Arts / Washington D.C.
  • Director
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Artamerica Corporation
  • President
  • 1980 - 1982
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 1997
  • Semi Final Moot Court Judge, Van Vleck Moot Court Competition
  • The National Law Center, The George Washington University
  • 1997
  • Semi Final Moot Court Judge, Van Vleck Moot Court Competition
  • The National Law Center, The George Washington University
  • 1996
  • Quarter Final Moot Court Judge, Van Vleck Moot Court Competition
  • The National Law Center, The George Washington University
  • 1995
  • Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • 1994
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  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Notes: Legal Conceptions of Published and Unpublished Works
  • 2019
  • The Landing Corporation
  • Legal Forms For Professional Designers
  • 1997
  • The Landing Corporation
  • Design Studio Management
  • 1987
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association
  • Legal Conceptions of Published and Unpublished Works
  • 2019
  • Society of Animal Artists, Bennington Arts Center/Bennington, Vermont
  • Copyright
  • 2013
  • EP & APANW @ Seattle Central Creative Academy, Seattle, Washington
  • Photography and Social Media
  • 2013
  • APA Los Angeles @ Venice Arts, Venice, California
  • Copyright
  • 2013
  • APA Miami @ Carousel Studios, Miami, Florida
  • Copyright
  • 2012
  • APA NY @ School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  • Copyright
  • 2011
  • APA Denver @ Redline Gallery, Denver Colorado
  • Copyright
  • 2011
  • FOTOWEEK @ The Philips Collection
  • Copyright
  • 2010
  • American Society of Magazine Photographers, Washington, D.C.
  • Copyright
  • 2007
  • SURTEX, New York, NY
  • Copyright Infringement, Protecting Your Art & Design
  • 2005
  • SURTEX New York, NY
  • Licensing
  • 2005
  • Multicom '95, Washington, DC
  • Electronic Rights for Creative Professionals
  • 2005
  • MULTICOM '94, Washington, DC
  • Electronic Rights for Creative Professionals
  • 2004
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Copyright
  • 1997
  • American Center for Design, Chicago, Illinois
  • Copyright Litigation
  • 1997
  • Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
  • Financing Motion Pictures
  • 1996
  • Ameican Institute of Graphic Arts and Graphic Artist Guild, Washington, DC
  • Contracts & Copyrights
  • 1996
  • Washington Independent Writers, Washington, DC
  • Contracts & Copyrights
  • 1995
  • Multicom '95, Washington, DC
  • Electronic Rights For Creative Professionals
  • 1995
  • North Carolina State University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Copyright
  • 1992
  • Washington Area Musician's Association and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Negotiating Recording Contracts
  • 1990
  • WALA @ Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
  • Negotiating Book Publishing Agreements
  • 1990
  • Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia
  • Contracts & Coprights
  • 1990
  • Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, Marland
  • Legal Aspects of Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) Organizations
  • 1989
  • The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Book Publishing Agreements
  • 1987
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • The Work For Hire Doctrine
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Copyright infringement Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an excellent advocate for his copyright owners. He knows the law, he aggressively and effectively represents his client, and he gets good results for them."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is a hard working, intelligent and skilled adversary. He is highly professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, without reservation. He is very knowledgeable and experienced in Intellectual Property law and related litigation. He is extremely through and does not take short cuts. His ethics are beyond reproach. He is very skilled in communicating complex IP and factual issues to clients and jurors of widely varying sophistication."
Intellectual property
Copyright infringement
Intellectual property