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Joel Kurtzberg
Adjunct Professor of Law

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
80 Pine Street
New York,  New York  10021
Telephone: 212.701.3120

Joel Kurtzberg is a litigation partner at the firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where he specializes in First Amendment, intellectual property, and media work. A graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kurtzberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he co-teaches a class about Internet Law. Mr. Kurtz-berg frequently appears on behalf of newspapers, broadcasters, journalists, and others on First Amendment issues and other constitutional matters. He has worked on a wide variety of First Amendment and intellectual property issues, including the following cases of note:

• Valerie Plame Investigation (represented New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in responding to third party subpoenas seeking confidential source information)

• Eldred v. Ashcroft (represented Songwriters Guild of America in filing amicus brief in United States Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the Copyright Term Extension Act)

• Wen Ho Lee v. Department of Justice (represented New York Times reporters James Risen and Jeff Gerth in responding to third party subpoenas seeking confidential source information)

• Paramount v. Wendt (represented Paramount Pictures in right of publicity, copyright, and First Amendment dispute over the use of robots alleged to look like actors who played characters of “Norm” and “Cliff” on TV show “Cheers”)

• Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences v. City of New York(represented Brooklyn Museum in dispute with New York City over retaliation taken as a result of display of controversial “Sensation” Exhibit)

• Pahler v. Slayer (represented Sony and Columbia House in wrongful death and unfair business practices dispute concerning whether teenage murder was caused by targeted sales of CDs of the death metal band Slayer to minors)

• State of Alabama v. Barnes & Noble (represented Barnes & Noble in criminal prosecution for distribution of child pornography stemming from sale of photography books of renowned art photographers)

Mr. Kurtzberg was also the law clerk to the Hon. Sarah S. Vance, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Lousiana. He lives and practices in New York City.

Harvard Law School, J.D., 1996
Harvard College, A.B., 1991