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OFFICERS 2020-2022:


Naomi Jane Gray
 is President of the Copyright Society. She is Partner & Founder of Shades of Gray Law Group. For over twenty years, Ms. Gray has focused her practice on intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) and commercial litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has managed complex cases in all phases of litigation, from prelitigation counseling through appellate review. Her extensive copyright experience includes representing a magazine publisher in a series of cutting-edge lawsuits at the intersection of traditional print media and emerging electronic technologies which ultimately established the publisher’s right to reproduce its flagship magazine in electronic format (see, e.g., Faulkner, et al. v. National Geographic Society, et al., 294 F. Supp. 2d 523 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); aff’d, 409 F.3d 26 (2d Cir. 2005)). Ms. Gray has advised clients with respect to diverse types of copyright and trademark issues, including fair use, work for hire, transfers, licenses and enforcement in transactional, counseling and litigation settings. Ms. Gray has served as an arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and in 2015, 2016 and 2017 was appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s list of the world’s leading technology neutrals. She authors the copyright and trademark blog Shades of Gray®. Ms. Gray is a frequent speaker on topical issues on the copyright area, having appeared at events hosted by the American Bar Association; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Copyright Society; the State Bar of California; the Practising Law Institute; the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Gray has served in numerous leadership positions for the Copyright Society, including as a member of its Executive Committee, Trustee, National Chapters Co-Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair, Chair of the Northern California Chapter, and now as President (2020-2022). She also served on the Committee on Copyrights and Literary Property of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2000-2003. In her spare time, Naomi is an avid tennis player and photographer. She is fluent in French.

 

Casey Chisick is Vice President of the Copyright Society. He is a Partner at Cassels in Toronto and is co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Copyright). Having worked as a law professor, a jazz promoter and a musician—and even as artistic director of an internationally-renowned folk dance company—Casey offers his clients a combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. His diverse practice spans a number of related areas, including intellectual property, entertainment law, communications, advertising and marketing, and fashion and apparel, with particular expertise in the collective administration of copyright. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to a host of diverse clients in the music, film, television, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media and fashion industries, as well as to a number of top Canadian universities and to general business clients with intellectual property needs. Mr. Chisick’s full bio is available at https://cassels.com/our_team/casey-chisick/.

 

Theo Cheng is Treasurer of the Copyright Society. He is an independent, full-time mediator and arbitrator, focusing on commercial, intellectual property, entertainment, technology, and labor/employment disputes. He is a member of Resolute Systems’ Employment and Commercial panels of arbitrators and mediators, the Commercial and Large, Complex Case mediation and arbitration rosters of the American Arbitration Association, the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the CPR Institute, a FINRA arbitrator, and an arbitrator and mediator for several federal and state courts. He was also appointed to the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center’s List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals. He has conducted over 500 arbitrations and mediations involving commercial and business disputes, breach of contract and negligence actions, trade secret theft, employment discrimination claims, wage-and-hour disputes, and intellectual property infringement contentions. The New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section presented Theo Cheng with the 2020 James B. Boskey ADR Practitioner of the Year Award, and The National Law Journal named him a 2017 ADR Champion. For over 20 years, Mr. Cheng was an IP and general commercial litigator with a focus on trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets, as well as entertainment, labor and employment, corporate investigations, securities, and bankruptcy. He has handled a broad array of business disputes in federal and state courts in industries as varied as high-tech, telecommunications, entertainment (music and motion pictures), consumer products, food and hospitality, retail, and financial services. Mr. Cheng serves as the Secretary and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and formerly co-chaired its New York Chapter. In 2007, he was named one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. More information is available at www.theocheng.com.

 

Juli Saitz, CPA, is Assistant Treasurer of the Copyright Society. She is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Ground and is based in New York. She has over 20 years of experience in and financial and economic analysis to attorneys in litigation as a forensic accountant and an expert witness. Juli specializes in intellectual property matters and has significant experience with a focus on copyright and trademarks. Her copyright experience includes jewelry, photography and publishing. Prior to joining Ankura in 2015, Juli was a managing director at FTI Consulting. While at FTI, Juli developed and implemented a global royalty compliance program for a Fortune 100 company to monitor and protect its trademark and patent royalty streams. In post–merger scenarios, she assisted buyers, sellers, and neutral arbitrators in working through capital disputes. Juli joined KPMG in 2001 and worked on a wide variety of projects prior to its acquisition by FTI Consulting in 2003. Juli provided economic analysis for one of the country’s largest police unions in an important contract negotiation. She led a large team in connection with a widespread document retrieval exercise as part of a broad discovery request. In addition, Juli worked on a number of patent infringement cases in a variety of industries in support of nationally recognized experts. From 2000–2001, Juli worked in Silicon Valley as a senior general ledger accountant for the startup, GetThere.com. In addition to her regular general ledger responsibilities, Juli developed the company’s revenue recognition policies and procedures and implemented a program for managing and depreciating the company’s fixed assets. GetThere.com was acquired by The Sabre Group. Juli began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the financial advisory services practice in New York in 1997. As an associate and senior consultant at PwC, she assisted on a variety of matters, including working as part of a court-appointed neutral accounting team in a highly-publicized divorce case, class action settlement administrations, large scale accounting investigations, and full-scope financial statement audits.

 

Chad Rutkowski is Secretary of the Copyright Society. He is a Partner at BakerHostetler LLP where his practice focuses on the intersection of copyright and technology. He assists clients in the midst of the “digital transformation,” helping them identify and capture the intellectual property (IP) in their valuable data, algorithms, and enterprise software. Clients rely on him to help identify their IP, to build internal processes for its management, navigate open source and other open innovation strategies, and to create licensing programs that enable full value realization. He further protects that value in disputes and litigation, whether through enforcing his clients’ IP rights or fending off attacks by competitors. Chad is the principal author of the firm’s Beyond Source Code web tool, which digests all court decisions addressing the scope of copyright protection in the non-literal elements of source code. Chad writes and presents regularly on the robust protections afforded by copyright law to software, data, artificial intelligence, and related innovations. He has helped his clients protect innovations in healthcare technology, water management, smart cities, population health management, and online consumer lending. Chad’s interest in how IP law has adapted to digital transformation began in his former role as a founder and business manager of a digital media publisher. Drawing from his professional and legal experiences, he co-leads the firm’s Technology & IP Transactions and Outsourcing practice team and contributes regularly to the firm’s IP blogs. Additionally, he is an active member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the ABA IP Law Section. Chad is AV Preeminent-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been voted by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and Rising Star.

 

Claire W. Desmond is Assistant Secretary of the Copyright Society. Claire is IP Counsel at Under Armour in Baltimore, Maryland. Her primary responsibilities include advising business units on trademark, copyright, and advertising campaigns relating to Under Armour’s footwear, apparel, and accessories. Claire develops global brand management and protection strategies, includingclearance, prosecution, and enforcement of trademarks. She negotiates licensing and marketing agreements and serves as the legal lead for Under Armour’s internal and external events. Previously, Claire was an Associate in Venable LLP’s IP Litigation Group, where she advised on high-profile matters across a variety of industries including consumer products, fashion and luxury goods, entertainment, and technology. Claire represented clients in federal and state court litigations and worked on anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Claire was also very involved in pro bono efforts including representing inmates on death row in Florida state prisons regarding specific solitary confinement issues. Prior to joining Venable, Claire served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. During undergrad, Claire was Captain of the Harvard Women's Basketball Team.

 

Kaitland Kubat is Executive Director of The Copyright Society. Since 2014, she has overseen the organization's operations and programming to advance the study and understanding of copyright law and its role in fostering creativity and the arts, copyright industries, and the use and distribution of copyrighted materials through traditional and new media. Prior to joining the Society, Kaitland worked for ten years as a graphic designer and brand manager, both in-house and while running her boutique design firm, Designko. She is a 2008 graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. cum laude in Visual Arts with a concentration in graphic design and typography, and also studied web design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. A native to New York’s Adirondack Mountains, in her spare time, Kaitland enjoys hiking, skiing and photography. 

 

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