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 is consistently recognized by Legal 500 for her leadership in copyright law, and in 2018, was named one of only eight “Leading Lawyers” in the nationwide category. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 for appellate and Supreme Court litigation as well as media and entertainment law. 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. She was also named a 2018 National Law Journal “Intellectual Property Trailblazer” for the victory. 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 consistently names her an “IP Star” and has named her among the “Top 250 Women in IP.”
Ms. Kohlmann 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. 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.
A member of Jenner & Block’s Policy Committee, Ms. Kohlmann also serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and on the New York office's Pro Bono Committee.