James E. Doherty is Of Counsel to Alcott Law Group primarily providing legal services in connection with civil litigation, intellectual property, and contract matters. Jim is a highly experienced attorney who has represented nationally known performing artist, entertainment, publishing, media, and hospitality clients in both litigation and transactional matters for many years. Jim prides himself on developing very strong relationships with his clients as part of a commitment to tailor the approach to each representation in order to secure the best possible result in businesslike and cost-effective manner. Most recently, his practice has focused on intellectual property litigation and counseling.
Prior to joining Alcott Law Group, Jim was an attorney with several prominent New York law firms specializing in entertainment, copyright, trademark, media, first amendment, defamation, pre-publication and pre-broadcast review, and contract law. He began his legal career at a leading labor and employment firm in New York.
Square Foot Gardening Foundation, Inc. v. Western Organics, d/b/a Gro-Well Brands, Inc. (D. Ariz. 2018). Jim was lead counsel for plaintiff in a trademark infringement / breach of contract action that resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
Lefkowitz v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC (S.D.N.Y. 2016). Jim worked with a team of attorneys on behalf of textbook publisher McGraw-Hill Education to obtain partial summary judgment dismissing 121 claims of copyright infringement asserted by a stock photographer.
Reinhardt v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 547 F. Supp. 2d 346 (S.D.N.Y. 2008). Jim successfully represented the defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a former drummer for the rock group The Ramones, in which the plaintiff asserted that he did not grant digital distribution rights to several songs that he co-authored. In dismissing the case, the court adopted the defendants’ arguments, in toto, that the most reasonable interpretation of the relevant recording and music publishing agreements, read together, authorized digital distribution as a new use.
Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Company, 2013 WL 5902970 (S.D.N.Y. 2013). Jim represented a key witness in a copyright infringement action, who was also named as a party in a related third-party suit where, in large part due to that witness testimony, the third-party action was dismissed, and the plaintiff secured a favorable judgment at a trial of the main claims.
Moses v. Owens, et. al. and Floyd v. Owens, et. al., 08-cv-03052 and 08-cv-03054, respectively (S.D.N.Y. 2009). Jim was lead counsel for the defendants in dual actions brought by personal service providers against Queen Latifah where the defendants secured favorable settlement terms after submission of summary judgment motions.
Ryan v. Spalding, et. al., 13-cv-00702 (S.D.N.Y. 2013). Jim spearheaded the defense of a copyright infringement action involving Esperanza Spalding by securing a settlement with favorable terms.