Susan J. Kohlmann is an experienced litigator in our Content, Media & Entertainment Practice, chair of the Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice and managing partner of the firm's New York Office. Clients seek her counsel on a wide variety of complex matters, including copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. She has also represented companies in various class action and other complex commercial matters. In addition to her extensive experience in jury and bench trials and arbitration proceedings, Ms. Kohlmann has extensive experience briefing and arguing appeals in the New York appellate courts and several federal circuit courts.
Ms. Kohlmann has been recognized by Legal 500 for her leadership in copyright law, as well as for appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Chambers USA has consistently recognized Ms. Kohlmann in its Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright (New York) practice area. She was named American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” in September 2017 for leading a Jenner & Block team to a $13.15 million verdict for the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late third wife of author John Steinbeck, in a trial over the rights to the writer’s works. The trial win also earned the firm a spot as a “Legal Lion” on Law360’s weekly “Legal Lions and Lambs” report. Managing Intellectual Property named her among the “Top 250 Women in IP” in 2014, and she is consistently named an “IP Star” by the publication. New York Super Lawyers has recognized Ms. Kohlmann in intellectual property litigation from 2006 to 2016. She serves on the firm's Policy Committee and serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, and the New York office's Pro Bono Committee.
Ms. Kohlmann has lectured and published on copyright issues. She was a panelist on “The Future of Intellectual Property: An Evening With Judge Alex Kozinski and Friends” at the Los Angeles County Bar Association and spoke on Fair Use in the Digital Age at the New York City Bar and discussed termination rights under the U.S. Copyright Act at The Copyright Society in New York City. Ms. Kohlmann has served as a member of the New York City Bar's Executive Committee, Chair of its Committee to Enhance Diversity, and a member of its Nominating Committee. She is Chair of Legal Services NYC and also a member of the boards of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the City Bar Justice Center.