Alison I. Stein is Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media, and Entertainment Practice. Ms. Stein’s practice focuses on intellectual property counseling and litigation, and on matters involving content protection, copyright infringement, content moderation, licensing negotiations and transactions, clearance work, DMCA, trademark enforcement, trade secrets, unfair competition, defamation, entertainment litigation, and contractual disputes. In 2021, Ms. Stein was named a Notable Woman in Law by Crain’s New York Business, and was also recognized as one of only two nationwide “Next Generation” partners for Media and Entertainment: Litigation by Legal 500 US (the second year she received that honor). 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.” Jenner & Block’s Content, Media, and Entertainment Practice, which has been repeatedly 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 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. 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, 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 in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CNN. Ms. Stein also advises on publishing matters for Ms. Rudolph.
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.