Randi Singer is a litigation partner based in Weil’s New York and Silicon Valley offices, a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Media practice and Head of its Privacy & Cybersecurity group. She focuses primarily on copyright, Lanham Act false advertising and trademark litigation, as well as privacy and cybersecurity, and her practice also includes complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.
Randi is regularly recognized for her achievements in Trademark, Copyright, Advertising and Media & Entertainment by the leading legal industry publications. She is currently ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in New York for both Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets and Media & Entertainment: Litigation. Clients have noted in Chambers USA that she is a “top-notch IP lawyer,” a “phenomenal, phenomenal lawyer” who “knows IP law inside and out,” and “understands our business as well as we do, and sometimes better.” They also underscore her “ability to not only identify legal risk, but then thoughtfully embrace, balance, and mitigate it” and her penchant for directing “practical business-focused advice to the questions presented.” In 2023, National Law Journal named her a “Trailblazer” in Media & Advertising Law, an honor bestowed on the top 12 nationwide “agents of change” in this space. Randi is recognized by Legal 500 as one of four top-ranked “Leading Lawyers” nationwide for Advertising & Marketing Litigation, and as a recommended lawyer for Trademark Litigation, Copyright and Media and Entertainment Litigation, where clients have called her “highly responsive, direct, and super smart.” And, she has been ranked for many years by World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 as a leading trademark litigator for Enforcement and Litigation, which has called her a “professional firefighter who has a talent for making problems go away quickly,” who offers “resonant performances in court and steadies nerves with her expertise,” and who excels at “unravelling complex trademark problems and developing strategies to overcome them.” Randi also has been honored numerous times in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards: for the 2023 “Trademark Lawyer of the Year” award (winner), for the 2021 “Best in Media & Entertainment” award (winner) and for the 2020 “Best in Trademark” award (shortlisted). She also has been ranked in Benchmark Litigation, Expert Guides, Managing IP Magazine’s IP Stars, Super Lawyers, and Law360. In 2021, Randi was shortlisted for the “New York Practitioner of the Year” award for Managing Intellectual Property’s MIP Americas Awards, and in 2020, she was named a BTI Client Service All-Star.
Randi 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, Randi also is regularly called upon by major internet platform clients 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 very broad spectrum of consumer products and services that includes prescription biologics, molecular diagnostic tests, over-the-counter drugs, razors, toothpaste, paint, pet food, chocolate, cosmetics, financial services, cell phone cases, luxury goods and consumer electronics.
Randi has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential and regularly advises clients in connection with privacy, cybersecurity, and social media issues in a wide variety of matters, including hundreds of 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 Randi as one of its inaugural “Trailblazers” nationwide for her cutting-edge work in the cybersecurity and data privacy area.
Her notable experience includes:
- Serving as co-lead trial counsel for innovator company CareDx, won a $45M trial verdict following five days of trial in a Lanham Act false advertising suit brought against a competitor, Natera. The jury found that Natera intentionally and willfully engaged in false advertising in the promotion of its kidney transplant rejection assessment test, and awarded CareDx $21.2M in compensatory damages and $23.7M in punitive damages under the Lanham Act, the Delaware Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Delaware unfair competition law.
- Securing major victories for eBay beginning with Tiffany v. eBay, the precedent-setting suit in which Tiffany sought unsuccessfully to transfer responsibility for policing its trademarks to eBay. Weil represented eBay through trial in the Southern District of New York, on appeal before the Second Circuit, and through the denial of Tiffany’s petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. Since that time, Randi has won many additional victories for eBay, resolving litigation and pre-litigation copyright and trademark cases, securing summary judgment in multiple copyright infringement actions, and prevailing in matters on behalf of eBay subsidiaries Bill Me Later and Where.com.
- Representing a major social media platform and its subsidiaries in multiple matters, including successful defense and resolution of litigation and pre-litigation matters in courts around the country involving allegations of contributory or vicarious copyright and trademark infringement.
- Defeating a motion for a temporary restraining order involving advertising claims for a biologic brought on the eve of a major conference for medical providers.
- Successfully defending a major television programming company in litigation in California federal court involving copyright ownership and infringement issues.
- On behalf of a major hospitality company, resolving industry-wide competitor and class action litigation involving keyword advertising.
- Winning various significant copyright ownership cases in multiple jurisdictions involving iconic comic book characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and Ghost Rider.
- Obtaining favorable resolutions for numerous companies in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and in proceedings before the National Advertising Division (NAD).
- 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.
- Counseling a diverse range of clients in connection with the development and/or improvement of privacy policies and practices.
- Helping debtors such as Sears, 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.
- 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, Randi 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.
Randi 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 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 Global Citizen, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Women Creating Change.
Randi graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University. After receiving her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Randi clerked for the Honorable Richard Owen, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.