Elisabeth M. Sperle

Elisabeth M. Sperle
Elisabeth M. Sperle is counsel in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property & Media practices, and a member of the Firm’s Privacy & Cybersecurity group.

Elisabeth has experience litigating and counseling with respect to a wide range of matters, including contract, copyright, trademark, music licensing, privacy, data security, antitrust, bankruptcy, employment, and other commercial disputes. Her industry experience spans multiple sectors, including media and entertainment, publishing, technology, online service providers, and energy.  She has played lead roles in all phases of litigation, from discovery through trial, as well as mediation.

Some of her recent experience includes serving as a key member of Weil teams that:

  • Advised a special committee of the board of directors in connection with an internal investigation of company financial transactions as part of its Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
  • Represented an international communications company in connection with contested litigation matters related to its Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy for the Southern District of Texas.
  • Successfully resolved a putative class action filed in California federal court against major Chinese marketplace platforms asserting claims for direct, contributory, and vicarious copyright infringement and contributory trademark infringement in connection with the defendants’ provision of “virtual storefront space” to third-party merchants that allegedly sell infringing goods.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order in a high-profile breach of contract dispute in New York federal court involving employee and customer solicitation in the insurance industry, leading to a favorable resolution for Weil’s client.

In addition to complex commercial matters, Elisabeth also focuses her practice on intellectual property counseling and litigation. Among other things, she has advised leading platform service providers on secondary liability, DMCA safe-harbor compliance, and new product design.  Elisabeth has also served as a member of multiple Weil trial teams litigating cases before the Copyright Royalty Board to set royalty rates for the public performance of sound recordings. She is currently a member of the Copyright Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Elisabeth also possesses extensive experience counseling clients on privacy and data security issues. She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) and has advised clients on privacy and cybersecurity issues in connection with privacy policy development, corporate transactions, litigation, and investigations.  Her corporate transactional work has involved counseling buy-side and sell-side companies in connection with potential acquisitions or investments, including with new apps and technology.

Elisabeth shares the Firm’s commitment to pro bono work. She has provided pro bono legal services to various non-profit organizations and individuals in matters involving copyright, trademark, privacy, and housing issues. Elisabeth has received numerous Weil Pro Bono Service Awards, in addition to the 2019 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society and its clients.

Prior to arriving at Weil, Elisabeth graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Georgetown University, where she was a John Carroll Fellow and Scholar. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and served as the Managing Director of the Trial Advocacy Team.