Robert L. Raskopf


New York Office
Tel: +1 212-849-7000
Fax: +1 212-849-7100

Practice Areas
Media and Entertainment Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Sports Litigation


Boston College Law School
(J.D., 1976)
     Boston College Law Review:
Editor, 1976  

Boston College
(B.S., magna cum laude, 1973)
     Beta Gamma Sigma


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Mr. Raskopf is a prominent trial and appellate lawyer in intellectual property, media, sports, entertainment and privacy.  He is Chair of the firm’s National Sports Litigation Practice, Co-Chair of its Trademark & Copyright Practice, and Co-Chair of its National Media & Entertainment Practice.  His practice includes the following substantive areas:  trademark/dilution, copyright, libel/First Amendment, privacy/publicity, design patent, product configuration, trade dress, trade secrets, advertising, and access to courts and governmental proceedings.  He has litigated many cases through trial and appeal, both jury and non-jury, in state and federal court, and has been counsel of record in over 80 reported decisions.  Mr. Raskopf is long recognized as a leading lawyer nationally and in New York by Chambers USA. Chambers USA notes that he "handles the gamut of media and entertainment issues, from IP and privacy to First Amendment and advertising." According to Chambers USA (2012), "he has high energy and demonstrates a passion for exceeding clients' expectations and needs" with clients praising him as an attorney who brings "deep knowledge of our business, is creative, and when necessary can be effectively aggressive in his approach."  Sources told Chambers USA (2013) that Raskopf "is exactly the kind of litigator we love - aggressive but thoughtful” and that they "would recommend him utterly and without reservation."  Chambers USA (2014) named him "a leading litigator in the worlds of media, entertainment and sports" with a focus on "the enforcement and protection of trademarks, copyright, right of publicity, trade dress and trade secrets" and "expertise in areas such as advertising, IP, First Amendment and privacy matters."  Sports Business International also listed him as one of the "World's 20 Most Influential Lawyers" in 2010.  He consistently is rated as a New York Super Lawyer and as a member of Who's Who Legal USA for Trademark Law.

Representative Clients

Chief outside intellectual property, litigation and licensing counsel to the NFL and its member clubs for more than three decades, and many of the decisions he has obtained for the NFL, its affiliates and its Member Clubs are recognized as being among the farthest reaching in sports marketing and intellectual property law.  Among the NFL teams he has represented in significant litigation are: Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Pittsburg Steelers, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, and Green Bay Packers.

In the sports marketing and media fields, he has also represented the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Arsenal, IAC/Vimeo, Discovery Communications, Current TV, Wprost, Women’s United Soccer Association, Fox Broadcasting, ESPN, The Thomson Corporation, Score/Pinnacle Trading Cards, Comcast, Verizon, United Business Media, PRNewswire, CMP Media, Newsday, Village Voice, Gruner & Jahr, The National Sports Daily, Playoff/Donruss Trading Cards,, and The Upper Deck Company. 

In the entertainment and consumer products field, he has represented Colgate-Palmolive, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gucci, Priceline, Brach's Confections, Coca-Cola, Del Monte, Volispirits, Wolverine, Hyundai Motor America, Coty, Collective Brands, Vimeo, The Upper Deck Company, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Payless Shoe Source, Verizon, International Paper, Repossi, Pitney Bowes, Starwood Hotels, Las Vegas Sands, Principality of Monaco, Ticketmaster, Madison Square Garden, Wal-Mart and Hyundai, Johnson & Johnson, and Diageo plc. 

He has also represented Houlihan Lokey, E*Trade, Red Zone, ICTSI and many other companies outside the sports marketing entertainment media and consumer products fields.  


Notable Representations

Secured zero damages in a Baltimore federal jury verdict for Baltimore Ravens against an artist in a copyright infringement case, affirmed by the 4th Circuit.  This case has spawned multiple additional cases and decisions venued in Baltimore federal court and the 4th circuit, several of which are ongoing.

Secured Milwaukee federal jury verdict in favor of Green Bay Packers against clothing designer and several NFL player licensors in trademark and trade secret case.

Secured District of Columbia federal judgment in favor of Washington Redskins against Native Americans seeking to cancel six federal registration on the ground of disparagement, affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.  A separate action of a similar nature, is going forward with closing argument heard in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on March 7, 2013.

Secured American Arbitration Association monetary judgment and specific performance for wrongful termination against the Downtown Athletic Club and its Heisman Trophy marketing program in favor of its licensing agreement, affirmed in New York State Supreme Court. 

Secured Seattle federal court judgment in favor of ESPN in reverse confusion trademark case after winning both preliminary injunction and summary judgment motions, each of which were affirmed in the 9th Circuit.

Secured Indianapolis federal court judgment for Indianapolis Colts trademark infringement trial against Canadian football league and its Baltimore Colts franchise, affirmed in the 7th Circuit.

Secured Boston federal court judgment for clothing designer Les Petites' in copyright trial.

Secured Wisconsin federal judgment for St. Louis Rams trademark case, affirmed in 7th Circuit.

Secured Dallas federal judgment for Gruner & Jahr in libel case, affirmed in 5th Circuit.

Secured New York federal judgment for under First Amendment right of access to documents, affirmed in 2nd Circuit.

Secured New York federal judgment for Newsday under First Amendment right of access to documents, affirmed in 2nd Circuit.

Secured Washington State Court judgment for Current TV in libel case. 

Secured South Carolina federal court judgment for Wprost magazine in libel case.

Secured Ohio federal court judgment for West Group in trademark case, affirmed in 6th Circuit.

Secured Dallas federal court judgment for Dallas Cowboys in trademark infringement action. 

Secured Los Angeles federal court judgment for Score trading Cards in trademark and copyright case.

Secured New York State Court judgment for Newsday in freedom of Information Law case.

Secured New York State Court judgment for  Newsday in libel case, affirmed in 2nd Department New York.

Secured New York State Court judgment for  Newsday in libel case, affirmed in 1st Department New York.

Secured New York federal judgment for Plus Products in trademark case, affirmed in part in the 2nd Circuit.

Secured New York State judgment for Newsday in libel trial.

Secured New York judgment in favor of JI Case in products liability case.

Secured New York federal preliminary injunction for Camp Beverly Hills in trademark case.

Secured Indianapolis federal preliminary injunction copyright and trademark judgment against Topps  in favor of Upper Deck Trading Cards.

Secured New York federal preliminary injunction in trademark case in favor of Ideal Publishing.

Secured New York federal trial judgment in trademark case in favor of Aris-Isotoner.

He has also favorably settled hundreds of other litigated matters for his clients.