Alison I. Stein is Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media, and Entertainment Practice and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Ms. Stein’s practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and litigation, and on matters involving online content moderation, content protection, copyright infringement, licensing negotiations and transactions, clearance work, DMCA, trademark enforcement, trade secrets, unfair competition, defamation, entertainment litigation, and contractual disputes. Ms. Stein is ranked by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US, and has won numerous accolades from various legal and entertainment industry trade publications. 

Ms. Stein represents a wide range of companies and individuals, including media organizations, technology companies, video game companies, television and movie studios, fashion and beauty companies, record labels, financial organizations, authors, and individual artists. Her work involves litigation at the trial and appellate court levels. She is frequently called upon by companies and individuals seeking to protect, distribute, and leverage content, and has broad experience representing companies in their most complex and high-stakes litigations. Ms. Stein also has significant experience vetting individuals for high-profile appointments in the content, tech, media, and political space, including by assessing potential conflicts of interest those appointments might pose.

In 2022, Ms. Stein was named as a “Power Lawyer” in The Hollywood Reporter’s list of Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys. Ms. Stein is ranked on an individual basis by Chambers USA and is consistently recognized as one of only two nationwide “Next Generation Partners” for Media and Entertainment: Litigation by Legal 500 US. Crain’s New York Business honored her in its list of “Notable Diverse Leaders in Law” in 2022 and in its list of “Notable Women in Law” in both 2021 and 2022. Jenner & Block’s Content, Media, and Entertainment Practice, which she co-chairs, has repeatedly been named Practice Group of the Year by Law360, including as recently as 2022, has been recognized as a Band 1 practice by Chambers USA, and is ranked as one of only five “Tier 1” copyright firms in the country by Legal 500 US. Ms. Stein has also previously been recognized as one of only four “Rising Stars” in Media & Entertainment by Law360 and profiled as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.

Ms. Stein was a key member of a team that won a complete victory in September 2021 for ViacomCBS in a $100 million trademark dispute over the title of the MTV reality show “MTV Floribama Shore,” has led a team that obtained multiple copyright judgments for Nintendo of America Inc. in 2021 and 2022, and was a key part of a trial team that won a federal jury verdict of $13.15 million in damages for the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late wife of author John Steinbeck.

Ms. Stein has also represented corporations and individuals in criminal and regulatory matters, including before the United States Department of Justice, the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. She advises clients on compliance issues, including ethics and anti-corruption matters.

Ms. Stein maintains an active pro bono practice, which has ranged from filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on reproductive rights, litigating a matter including a trial for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, representing an individual inmate in a civil rights litigation, and representing artists and performing arts organizations in contract disputes. Ms. Stein and the team representing Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin were the recipients of the 2020 Albert E. Jenner Pro Bono Award for their work on the matter. Ms. Stein is also part of a team that represents Sarah Collins Rudolph, the “fifth little girl” who was grievously injured in the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963, that took the life of her sister and three other girls. The team’s work, including their letter to Governor Kaye Ivey and the governor’s response apologizing to Ms. Rudolph, has been featured in numerous news reports including inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CNN. Ms. Stein also advises on publishing matters for Ms. Rudolph.

In 2004, prior to attending law school, Ms. Stein founded the Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF), a national organization dedicated to providing younger women with a voice in the policy-making process; she currently serves on its advisory board as part of the American Association of University Women. Ms. Stein has published multiple articles about issues related to women and the workplace and has worked internationally on women’s issues and other development issues in Haiti, Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda