Chuck Sims joined Proskauer after nine years of
service as national staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union. At the
ACLU, Chuck litigated First Amendment and national security cases, oversaw the
ACLU's Supreme Court docket, and argued two cases in the Supreme Court as well
as appeals in the Second and District of Columbia Circuits.
joining Proskauer, Chuck has concentrated on copyright, First Amendment,
defamation law, and complex federal appellate and trial matters. He
obtained a unanimous victory representing the petitioners in Reed Elsevier
Inc. v. Muchnick, a class action copyright case argued in the Supreme Court
in the fall of 2009. After serving as trial counsel, he argued the Second
Circuit appeal for the motion picture studios in their groundbreaking and
successful litigation, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, against
hackers who were publicly providing illegal software for decrypting
DVDs. He represented Lexis-Nexis in its victory against an Internet
start-up which had attempted to steal the entire Lexis database for uploading
onto the Web. Chuck has worked on numerous other copyright matters for clients
such as the Association of American Publishers (representing eight leading
publishers of trade, professional, and educational books in a groundbreaking
and successful suit against a national copyshop chain, gaining one of the
largest statutory damage awards at that time and an injunction against further
unconsented anthologizing of the publishers' copyrighted works); Houghton
Mifflin; and England's Royal Court Theatre.
First Amendment field, Chuck has represented The New York Times and The
Discovery Channel in class action litigation testing the right to engage in
newsgathering, and obtained an order quashing an unprecedented subpoena seeking
copies of "any and all" copies of a classified document that had been leaked to
the ACLU. He has litigated challenges to content-based federal restrictions of
cable television programming, which the Supreme Court largely invalidated in Denver
Area Educational Television Consortium v. FCC; and he has handled (with Ron
Rauchberg) a facial First Amendment challenge to New York's Son of Sam law for
Simon & Schuster, which the Supreme Court unanimously invalidated. In
addition to counseling leading cultural institutions in New York City on First
Amendment issues, he has handled major libel actions (for clients including
Prudential Equities Group, the Philadelphia Eagles, Multimedia Entertainment,
Phil Donahue, NBC, and a major shipping company), with none decided adversely.
For many years Chuck organized Proskauer's pro bono activities.
calls him "one of the foremost IP media lawyers, particularly for his knowledge
of copyright issues," and described him as "that rare lawyer who has strengths
both in theoretical and practical understanding" and as having a "strong talent
for oral arguments."
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Jed W. Friedman is an Associate in
the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department in the New York office. He
has handled a broad range of commercial litigation, internal investigations and
intellectual property matters. His practice also includes appellate work, and
he was recently part of a team that represented Reed-Elsevier in a landmark
copyright jurisdiction case before the United States Supreme Court (Reed-Elsevier
an active role in the New York City Bar and is a co-author of a Bar report on
electronic discovery. He also is involved in pro bono matters and has
represented clients in trials and hearings in Family Court on behalf of the
Center for Battered Women's Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society.
becoming an attorney, Jed spent six years in the advertising industry working
with both technology start-up companies as well as established companies,
including Proctor & Gamble, Rockport Shoes and the Children's Television
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Friedman's Martindale-Hubbell profile on www.martindale.com