How David Helps Clients
You won't find a more experienced entertainment lawyer in Western Pennsylvania than David Gurwin. As an attorney who is also a professional musician, David brings unique insight to entertainment law, technology transactions and copyright matters.
David chairs the firm's Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Group. He is also chair of the firm's Copyright Practice Group and the Technology Transactions Group, whose members focus on representing companies and individuals - regardless of industry - with commercial transactions involving technology-related issues.
David and his colleagues understand the business of technology and apply a combination of legal knowledge, practical business experience and sound technical insight when advising clients on the acquisition, use, development and commercial application of technology. He is also a member of the Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group.
David represents clients in a variety of industries, with a focus on Internet, computer, advertising, life sciences and technology clients, as well as those involved in the entertainment industries.
A professional jazz pianist, David possesses firsthand experience with the entertainment industry and assists clients with contractual drafting and negotiations, business formation, licensing and intellectual property matters involving the protection and commercialization of entertainment talents, works and persona. His entertainment industry clients have included musicians, record companies, recording artists, record producers, concert promoters, songwriters, music publishers, advertising agencies, authors, literary publishers, book packagers, television personalities, broadcasters, webcasters, playwrights, actors, motion picture production companies, film investors, video game developers, arts organizations, professional athletes and sports organizations.
In the technology arena, David represents clients in a variety of industries including Internet, e-commerce, software and information technology, biomedical, consumer products, manufacturing, insurance, advertising and retail industries in connection with licensing and other business transactions involving the sale, acquisition and commercial development of software, biotechnology and other technology assets. David also practices in the areas of copyright, trademark and intellectual property law.
What Clients Can Expect
David combines the practical with the scholarly to offer clients a unique brand of legal expertise. Clients rely on his legal knowledge and his business acumen. He is committed to client service with a genuine interest in his clients' success.
Outside the Office
When not working David looks forward to time with his wife and their two sons. He is also a professional jazz pianist, composer and arranger, who has been performing since his early teens. If you listen to jazz radio, you've probably heard music from one of his albums.
- IAM Patent 1000 every issue, World's Leading Patent Practitioners.
- AV® Preeminent certification, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.
- Best Lawyers in America® (2015-2020), Entertainment Law.
- Named by Corporate INTL magazine as Entertainment Lawyer of the Year in Pennsylvania for 2019.
- Named by Acquisition International as Leading Entertainment and Media Lawyer of the Year in Pennsylvania as part of its 2019 Leading Advisor Awards.
- Named by Global Law Experts as "2018 Pennsylvania Entertainment Lawyer of the Year."
- Named by Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards as Entertainment Lawyer of the Year - USA for 2018
- Author of Gurwin's Keyboard blawg at gurwinskeyboard.com.
- Named as the "Best Entertainment IP Attorney in Pennsylvania" as part of Acquisition International Magazine’s IP Excellence Awards.
- Represented theatrical production company in all legal aspects of the producing of a one man play, including negotiating contracts with the creative; negotiating investment agreements with the show’s executive producers and financial backers; negotiating sponsorship agreements and agreements with venues; and handling all intellectual property registrations and licensing issues for the project.
- Represented software vendor with application service provider services in the field of e-commerce fulfillment.
- Represented recording artist in connection with recording agreement with a major international record label.
- Represented various clients in connection with negotiations of agreements with Business Software Alliance.
- Represented nonprofit organization in connection with agreements related to commissioning of film production and licenses for broadcast on PBS.
- Represented theatre company in connection with commissioned work agreement.
- Represented well-known business personality in connection with negotiation of "ghost writer" agreement for production of biography.
- Represented consortium of universities in connection with an Internet-based degree granting distance-learning initiative.
- Represented one of the nation's first webcasters in connection with licensing, content and royalty issues.
- Represented software vendor in connection with implementation of website access for airlines for in-flight use.
- Represented leading interactive advertising agency in connection with acquisition, content licensing, Americans with Disabilities Act issues and various Internet and advertising issues.
- Represented video game development company in negotiations for development of and royalty structure for a new video game with a leading game console manufacturer.
- Represented Fortune 500 film manufacturer in license and technology agreements concerning digital imaging, back-end support agreements and placement of kiosks in retail stores; represented same manufacturer in connection with development and implementation of Internet-based photographic delivery systems.
- Represented film producer in connection with investment in major motion picture.
The Ohio State University, J.D., 1985, with honors
Order of the Coif
Article Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
The Ohio State University, B.S.Bus.Admin., 1982, summa cum laude, Accounting
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (Entertainment Technology Center and Heinz College of Public Policy)
Guest Lecturer, Duquesne University (music law and business)
Guest lecturer, MBA program, University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business
Past Chair, Arts and the Law Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Science and Technology, and Intellectual Property Sections, American Bar Association Section of International Law
International Technology Law Association
Past Chairman and Board of Trustees, MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh
Guest lecturer, entertainment law, intellectual property and business law, The Ohio State University
Guest lecturer, graphic design law, La Roche College
Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association
Member, Global Law Experts
Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Pittsburgh Technology Council, Board of Directors
Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence, past member, Board of Trustees
Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, past member, Board of Directors
Hampton Township School District, past School Director and Board President
Adat Shalom Synagogue, member, Board of Directors and Musical Director
MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh, past Chairman