Alison I. Stein is a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media & Entertainment Practice. In 2020, Ms. Stein was ranked as a top copyright lawyer nationwide by Legal 500, which also named Jenner & Block as one of only seven tier 1 copyright firms. Ms. Stein has previously been recognized as one of only four “Rising Stars” in Media & Entertainment by Law360, which is an honor given to “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age,” and was profiled as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal, which recognizes “the region’s most promising lawyers who are no older than 40.” Ms. Stein has repeatedly been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Intellectual Property by New York Super Lawyers. Ms. Stein’s practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and litigation, and on matters involving content protection, copyright infringement, licensing negotiations and transactions, clearance work, copyright terminations, trademark enforcement, trade secrets, unfair competition, defamation, entertainment litigation and contractual disputes.
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 was a key member 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 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, to representing an individual inmate in a Section 1983 civil rights litigation, and representing artists and performing arts organizations in contract disputes.
Ms. Stein serves on the Board of Directors for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts as well as the Board of Directors of the Irving Fine Society. She also serves on Jenner & Block’s Associate Evaluation Committee.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Stein served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kent A. Jordan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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.