Civil Appeals & Litigation Attorney NYC

Experienced attorney — civil appeals and trial litigation

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Client Services:

  • Appeals in Federal and State Courts

  • Amicus Briefs in Appellate Courts and The Supreme Court of the United States

  • Trial Litigation in Federal & State Courts

  • Advice on Copyright, Trademark, Entertainment, Art, Media and Publishing Law, and General Business Matters

AL J. DANIEL, Jr. - principal of the firm -- helps people and companies resolve legal disputes in their business and personal lives through negotiation, litigation in federal and state trial courts and in appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

He helps protect your valuable copyrights, trademarks, and other entertainment, business, and commercial matters, including art, music, publishing, theater, film, television, and photography.  

He  represents clients in trial and appellate courts and in arbitration, and submits amicus briefs in appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  He helps clients avoid disputes by carefully reviewing potential contracts and other documents to avoid problems before they happen.

Prior to moving to New York City, Al was an appellate attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where he served on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division.

At the Department of Justice, he represented various government departments and agencies in a broad range of legal issues.  Al drafted briefs and presented oral arguments in more than 40 cases in all thirteen federal courts of appeals.  He also made appeal and certiorari recommendations and drafted briefs and petitions for the Solicitor General's Office for cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Prior to entering private practice in New York City, Al also served in the International Trade Field Office of the Justice Department in New York.  He tried customs and trade cases in the United States Court of International Trade and briefed and argued appeals in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

In private practice, Al has represented individuals and companies, including theatrical producers, playwrights, authors, artists, art dealers, publishers, composers, musical performing artists, independent film producers, and literary and photo agencies in copyright, trademark, and contract disputes, as well as real estate disputes.


  • Appellate Staff, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (briefed & argued federal appeals in all circuit courts; drafted petitions for certiorari and briefs for Solicitor General in U.S. Supreme Court cases)

  • International Trade Field Office, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, NYC (customs & international trade cases, Court of Int’l Trade & Fed. Cir.) 

  • Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Partner, NYC  (copyright, trademark, commercial litigation in entertainment & media fields) 
  • Daniel, Seigel & Bimbler LLP, NYC (merged with Cowan, DeBaets) (copyright, trademark, litigation)
  • Frankel & Abrams, NYC (entertainment & commercial litigation) 
  • Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, Special Counsel (Disney case re music rights) 
  • Freeman, Wasserman & Schneider (customs & international trade) 
Al J. Daniel, Jr.

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  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Arkansas

 Federal Courts:

  • The Supreme Court of the United States

  • United States Courts of Appeals (all except 5th, 6th & 11th Circuits)

  • United States District Courts (SDNY, EDNY, DDC, EDArk.)


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M.

  • University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, J.D.

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, B.A., English


  • Federal Courts Committee, NY City Bar Ass'n (2015-2018)

  • Art Law Committee, NY City Bar Ass’n (2013-2015)

  • Speaker, Law Clerks Copyright Seminar 2011-2012 (NYC Bar Ass'n)

  • Copyright and Literary Property Comm., NYC Bar Ass’n (2010-2013, 1998-2001, 1994-1997)

  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

  • Arkansas Bar Association

  • American Bar Ass'n, Council of Appellate Lawyers (2014-2015) 

  • Media Law Resource Center (2005-2013)

  • National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Former Member

  • MasterVoices (formerly Collegiate Chorale), Singing Member, Governing Comm., V.P. (2000-2018), Bd. Dir. (1989-2000)

  • Abingdon Theatre Co., Bd. Dir. (1994-1998)