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Ms. Sommers is a partner of the firm.
She has over twenty-five years’ experience handling civil, commercial and regulatory litigation in state and federal courts, arbitrations and matters before administrative agencies. Her broad litigation practice addresses disputes involving contracts, insurance, employment, real estate, securities, foreign currency, business torts, bankruptcy (creditor issues) and other types of business issues, as well as mass media, new media, art law and intellectual property (copyright, trademark, unfair competition), defamation and publication torts. She also handles intellectual property transactions and pre-publication review as well as counseling and commercial claim prevention strategies.
She has represented a wide range of corporate and individual clients, from financial services firms, commercial businesses, media and publishing companies and internet start-ups to artists, photographers, authors, entrepreneurs and employees. A trained mediator, Ms. Sommers also serves on the Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and handles private mediations involving copyright, employment or other intellectual property or commercial matters.
Ms. Sommers began her career at the international law firm of Rogers & Wells LLP (now Clifford Chance US LLP), where she practiced as a litigation partner from 1985-1998, and earlier as an associate. While there, among other matters, she handled federal/state/bankruptcy court and administrative agency litigation, including complex, multi-district and class action litigation, for major financial services, media, insurance, banking and other clients.
She also managed that firm’s pro bono program for 10 years. Prior to becoming associated with that firm, Ms. Sommers served as law clerk to Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (1976-78). An author and lecturer, Ms. Sommers taught Entertainment and Mass Media Law as an Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2001. Before that, she taught Communications Law (1987-91) and Trial Advocacy (1986) as an adjunct at Brooklyn Law School.
She is a member of the Copyright Society and New York Women in Film and Television, and a former board member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association, and a former member of the NY Women’s Bar Association, where she served as Co-chair of its Committee on Communications and Entertainment Law (1995-99).
Ms. Sommers received a B.A. with honors from Douglass College and her law degree magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she served as a Senior Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and has practiced on a pro hac vice basis in numerous other courts throughout the country.