Randi W. Singer

Biography

Randi W. Singer
Randi Singer is a litigation partner in Weil’s New York office, a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Media practice and Co-Head of its Cybersecurity, Data Privacy & Information Management group. She focuses primarily on copyright, Lanham Act false advertising and trademark litigation, as well as privacy and cybersecurity, in addition to complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Singer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading intellectual property and media & entertainment lawyer by legal industry publications, including The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA, World Trademark Review, Benchmark Litigation, Managing IP Magazine’s IP Stars, Super Lawyers, and Law360. She has successfully represented and counseled clients on a wide variety of copyright and trademark matters encompassing classic ownership and fair use issues for comic books, academic works, music and photographs. A recognized expert on secondary liability infringement issues, major internet platform clients regularly call on Ms. Singer for help navigating an array of unprecedented concerns and solving a wide variety of disputes. Her advertising, trademark, and state unfair trade practices cases have spanned a broad spectrum of consumer products and services, from over-the-counter drugs, razors, toothpaste, paint, food and cosmetics, to financial services, cell phone cases, luxury goods and consumer electronics.

Ms. Singer has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) credentials and regularly advises clients in connection with privacy, cybersecurity, and social media issues in a wide variety of matters, including more than one hundred transactions ranging from high-profile deals such as Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp, Inc. to large public company mergers and small talent acquisitions. In 2015, The National Law Journal recognized Ms. Singer as one of its inaugural “Trailblazers” nationwide for her cutting-edge work in the cybersecurity and data privacy area.

Her notable experience includes:

  • Obtaining a number of major victories for eBay, including securing summary judgment in a copyright infringement action brought by a photographer in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and several trademark victories for eBay subsidiaries Bill Me Later and Where.com.
  • Obtaining a number of victories in multiple jurisdictions for The Walt Disney Company and Marvel Comics in significant copyright ownership cases involving iconic Marvel characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and Ghost Rider.
  • Representing a major social media platform in multiple matters, including successful defense and resolution of various allegations of contributory or vicarious copyright and trademark infringement.
  • Current representation of major television programming company in connection with copyright ownership and infringement issues.
  • Representing eBay in its successful defense of a suit in which Tiffany had claimed that eBay was responsible for policing counterfeit merchandise offered on its site. In that matter, Weil represented eBay through trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and through the denial of Tiffany’s petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Advising Verizon Communications Inc. in its agreement to purchase AOL Inc. for approximately $4.4 billion, in a deal that will further drive Verizon’s LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy.
  • Representing and counseling a wide array of technology companies, private equity firms, and corporates on privacy and cybersecurity issues arising in hundreds of acquisitions and licensing deals.
  • Assisting a diverse range of clients in developing or improving privacy policies and practices.
  • Representing debtors such as Great Atlantic & Pacific and Golfsmith in connection with the sale or transfer of customer information in bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Successfully defending a major distributor of consumer goods against claims of counterfeiting.
  • Defending Procter & Gamble against an $80 million claim brought by Colgate-Palmolive. The suit stemmed from Colgate’s allegations that P&G’s advertising for its highly successful at-home tooth-whitening products, Crest Whitestrips and Crest Night Effects, were false under the federal Lanham Act. Obtained a complete defense verdict for Procter & Gamble after a three-week jury trial.
  • Successfully representing the publisher of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of inspirational self-help books and Daymon Worldwide in trademark and trade dress litigation brought by Campbell Soup Company (CSC) in New Jersey federal court. CSC alleged that the publisher’s then-forthcoming line of soups came in packaging that infringed on Campbell’s protected designs and trade dress. The parties stipulated to a dismissal of the claims without costs.
  • Defending GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) against a preliminary injunction motion based on allegations that GSK commercials for Nicorette gum and NicoDerm CQ patches were false and violated the Lanham Act. Successfully obtained a motion on GSK's behalf to preliminarily enjoin Pharmacia’s “Trying to Quit” commercial for Nicotrol due to violations of Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act.

In addition to her active practice, Ms. Singer has taught a course on Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law and is a popular speaker whose speaking engagements include panels and discussions concerning copyright, advertising, and other intellectual property issues for organizations such as the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Copyright Society, the National Advertising Division, the Practising Law Institute, the American Conference Institute, and the New York State Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property. Other professional affiliations include the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the New York State Bar Association, the Private Advertising Litigation subcommittee of the ABA, and she has served on the Trademarks and Consumer Affairs Committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Singer is a member of the global steering committee for Women@Weil, Weil’s women’s affinity group, the winner of Weil’s first ever mentoring award, and an inductee into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders. In addition to her work as the General Counsel for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, her pro bono work includes litigation successes for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Sanctuary for Families, trademark and IP counseling for organizations such as The Joyful Heart Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, as well as extensive legal support and counseling concerning ambush marketing for NYC2012, New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.

Ms. Singer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Ms. Singer clerked for the Honorable Richard Owen, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

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