101 Huntington Avenue
Suite 530

Boston, MA 02199

(617) 439-9800

48 Wall Street
26th floor

NY, NY 10005

(212) 493-3100

Pollack Solomon Duffy LLP

Eric M. Sommers

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Counsel

(617) 439-9800 Ext. 7

esommers@psdfirm.com

Intellectual Property Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Entertainment Law

Practice Achievement

  • Lead counsel for Rock & Roll hall of fame vocal group in numerous cases successfully securing trademark rights to the group’s name, enjoining imposter groups, and securing damages for trademark infringement.
  • Successfully secured injunctive relief for online personality trade name in dispute between performer and business partner.
  • Secured early resolution in protecting name and likeness rights from misuse by third party.
  • Secured favorable settlement of copyright infringement claims brought by architect, interior designer, artist, music licensing holders, authors, and software companies.
  • Secured favorable settlement for plaintiff in claims of theft of trade secrets in cases involving online marketing strategies, proprietary business information, proprietary technology and manufacturing processes.
  • Resolved trademark and unfair competition actions in a wide range of industries such as firearms, music, television, printing, pharmaceuticals, and online sales
  • Represented individuals and companies in numerous commercial disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, breach of contract, insurance coverage, business torts, and employment litigation.
  • Numerous family law representations, including both mediation and trial involving alimony, property division, child custody and support, abuse, modification, contempt, and restraining orders.
  • Represented numerous clients in domestic violence and stalking litigation.
  • Litigated trademark issues before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Trademark and Copyright counseling and prosecution for wide range of businesses and media
  • Music law, including copyright protection, recording agreement, licensing, publishing, performance rights, and privacy and publicity rights.

Professional and Community Activities

  • America Bar Association, Business Law section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Guest lecturer—trademarks and music, Berklee College of Music (Fall of 2014)
  • Lecturer, “Intellectual Property Primer for Design Professionals,” Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (November 2008).
  • Lecturer on basics of intellectual property protection for Rhode Island School of Design Center for Design and Business (2004-2005)

Honors

  • Recipient of 2012 YWCA of Manchester (New Hampshire) Heroes for Justice award for work in domestic violence
  • Recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for the Dove Project (domestic violence)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court New Hampshire
  • U.S. District Court Rhode Island
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 1999
  • Articles Editor, The Ohio State Journal On Dispute Resolution
  • Public Service Fellow—Low Income Tax Assistance
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, 1987
  • College of Arts and Sciences—Top 10%
  • Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society

Languages

  • French