Joseph H. Lessem

Special Counsel
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
(212) 818-8798
Fax:
212-818-8881
Email:

Joseph H. Lessem joined Graubard Miller in January 2005.  Previously, he was a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. and Special Counsel to Gursky & Ederer, LLP.  Joe has extensive experience litigating intellectual property, real estate, antitrust, and commercial cases in federal and state courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and arbitral tribunals. Joe's reported cases include:

Kwan v. Schlein, 634 F.3d 224 (2d Cir. 2011)

Rosenthal v. Quadriga Art, Inc., 69 A.D.3d 504, 894 N.Y.S.2d 32 (1st Dep't 2010)

Independence Community Bank v. East 86th St., LLC, 34 A.D.3d 219, 824 N.Y.S.2d 33 (1st Dep't 2006)

Markovitz v. Kachian, 28 A.D.3d 358, 814 N.Y.S.2d 60 (1st Dep't 2006)

Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, Inc. v. Goody's Family Clothing, Inc., 2003 WL 22331254 (N.D. Ga. May 9, 2003)

Christian Science Bd. of Directors v. Nolan, 259 F.3d 209 (4th Cir. 2001)

Christian Science Bd. of Directors v. Robinson, 123 F. Supp. 2d 965 (W.D.N.C. 2000), aff'd on opinion below, 1 Fed. Appx. 157 (4th Cir. 2001)

International Star Class Yacht Racing Ass'n v. Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A., Inc., 146 F.3d 66 (2d Cir. 1998), on remand, 1999 WL 108739 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)

Forschner Group v. Arrow Trading Co., Inc., 30 F.3d 348 (2d Cir. 1994) and 124 F.3d 402 (2d Cir. 1997)

Marvin Neiman, P.C. v. Adar Importing & Distrib. Co., 243 A.D.2d 408, 663 N.Y.S.2d 562 (1st Dep't 1997)

Duell v. Condon, 84 N.Y.2d 773, 647 N.E.2d 96, 622 N.Y.S.2d 891 (1995)

Kramer v. Pollock-Krasner Found., 890 F. Supp. 250 (S.D.N.Y. 1995)

Vitale v. Marlborough Gallery, 32 U.S.P.Q.2d 1283 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)

Hofmann v. Pressman Toy Corp., 790 F. Supp. 498 (D.N.J. 1990), aff'd without op., 947 F.2d 935 (3d Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 503 U.S. 963 (1992)

BR Ambulance Serv., Inc. v. Nationwide Nassau Ambulance, 150 A.D.2d 745, 542 N.Y.S.2d 21 (2d Dep't 1989)

Posner v. Minnesota Min. & Mfg. Co., Inc., 697 F. Supp. 122 (E.D.N.Y. 1988) and 713 F. Supp. 562 (E.D.N.Y. 1989)

Joe is the author of "How to Prepare Copyright Registrations and Copyright License Agreements that Maximize Damage Awards and Effective Equitable Relief," AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute Handbook (2001) and "Consumer Surveys in Trademark Litigation: Are They Worth It?" Corporate Counsel's Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 2 (April 2000).  He has been a guest lecturer on intellectual property litigation at New York Law School.

    

Areas of Practice

  • complex commercial cases
  • Intellectual Property

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1986
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989

Education

  • St. John's University School of Law, Queens, New York
    • J.D. - 1986
    • Law Review: St. John's Law Review, Member
  • Manhattan College, New York, New York
    • M.A. - 1974
  • Manhattan College, New York, New York
    • M.S. Ed. - 1979
  • Yeshiva University, New York, New York
    • B.A. - 1968