David Morrison
Partner
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property

David Morrison is an experienced entertainment attorney, focusing his practice on transactions in media, film, and television production. Prior to joining the firm, David was a faculty member at the Cardozo School of Law where he co-founded and directed The Indie Film Clinic, the first non-profit clinical program in New York dedicated to providing production and clearance representation to scripted and documentary film productions.

David has represented numerous clients as production counsel on rights acquisitions, financing, production contracts, and clearance issues (including fair use and First Amendment matters) as well as co-production, sales, and distribution agreements.

David’s recent representative film clients include:

  • 2017 Sundance documentary Whose Streets?
  • Film Independent Spirit Award nominee Anja Marquardt (2015 nominee for Best First Screenplay and Best First Feature for She’s Lost Control).
  • Ingrid Jungermann (2017 nominee for the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award for Women Who Kill).
  • SXSW Audience Award nominee, La Camioneta.

David has also represented production work on the following films: After Spring, Goodnight Brooklyn: The Story of Death By Audio, GORED, Mad Tiger, Memories of a Penitent Heart, Evaporating Borders, and Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, among others. David’s practice focuses on representation of writers, directors, producers, and actors in motion picture and television development and talent agreements.

David is a frequent lecturer on topics in film and entertainment law and has spoken at Stanford University, New York University, The New School, the School for Visual Arts, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Maysles Institute, and the New York State Bar Association. His scholarly work has been published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, cited by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and presented at the 2012 Intellectual Property Scholars Conference and IP for Creative Upstarts at Michigan State University.

David received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Alabama, J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law, and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School.

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David is admitted to practice in New York State.

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