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Partner

J. Mark Lane

jmlane@lanecrowell.com | (914) 761-0001

Mark began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City, where he spent five years as a litigation attorney. In 1996, he co-founded the litigation firm of Shapiro & Lane, LLP. That firm merged into this firm's predecessor in 2003. The firm was reorganized into LaneCrowell LLP in 2017.

Mark has represented a wide range of corporate and individual clients, from Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States, in both transactional and litigation matters. His litigation experience includes securities litigation, RICO, shareholder and derivative litigation, intellectual property (including trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secrets), employment law (including FLSA and state labor law, as well as state, federal and local anti-discrimination and whistleblower laws), international commercial law, UCC, constitutional law, antitrust law, civil rights law, fiduciary obligations, estate litigation, alternative dispute resolution, real estate, general contract disputes and many other varieties of commercial litigation. Much of his practice over the last ten years has focused on issues relating to the Internet and Internet commerce, including a range of issues confronting technology, marketing and artificial intelligence companies. He practices in federal and state courts across the United States, and in various other forums. His law review articles have been widely cited by commentators and courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to managing disputes, Mark has successfully completed a substantial number of mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions, on behalf of individual and corporate clients, and has assisted start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. In addition, he has helped businesses and their owners manage separations, buy-outs and break-ups in creative ways, preserving the value of the business while at the same time allowing the parties to move in new directions.

Mark has also served as in-house counsel. Among other things, for one year he was "secunded" to LinkShare Corporation (now Rakuten Marketing), a leading internet marketing company, where he was Senior Litigation Counsel. During that time, he sat on the Compliance Committee, assisted the company in confronting various forms of internet fraud, and dealt with business contracts and employment matters on a daily basis.

 

Education

New York University School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1990

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., magna cum laude, 1982

Bar Admissions

 New York State and various federal courts


 
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Partner

Thomas A. Crowell

tcrowell@lanecrowell.com | (212) 490-7770

Thomas counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, video games, manufacturing, and the graphic arts.  A seasoned negotiator, Thomas spearheads deals for client programming appearing on Nickelodeon, Discovery, Starz, DIY Network, TLC, SyFy, WE, Smithsonian Channel and others. With a solid background in both narrative and unscripted television, Thomas has worked with the Dominican Republic Film Commission to harmonize the Dominican Republic’s motion picture legislation with that of the United States.

He represents several well-know comic book publishing companies and a some of the industries most recognized talent.

He is a co-creator and the former Director from Practice of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and the Executive Director, emeritus, of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Since 2007, Thomas has taught courses on comic book legal practice at “comic cons” across the country.

An avid writer, Thomas is the series editor of the Focal Press “Pocket Lawyer for…” series of legal guides for artists and the author of both The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide to the comic book industry, The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators. His own comic book stories appear in the pages of Waxwork Comics.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Thomas was a television producer and production executive, and most recently, the Director of Business and Program Development for The Science Technology Network. For more on Thomas's lectures and publications, please see his personal website at www.thomascrowell.com. 

 

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2002

New York University
B.F.A., Film/TV Production, 1988

Bar Admissions

 New York, New Jersey, U.S. Supreme Court


 
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Partner

Susan B. Larrabee

slarrabee@lanecrowell.com | (914) 417-5114

Susan is an experienced business and transactional lawyer counseling clients on a wide range of matters and at all stages of development, from start-up through exit, and serves as “outside general counsel” to many of her clients.   Her practice has involved advising entrepreneurs and businesses on all aspects of corporate activity.  Susan has developed an expertise in representing accounting firms in transactions involving the acquisition of accounting practices; drafting partnership agreements, shareholder agreements and limited liability company agreements for accounting practices; and managing employee matters.

Susan began her career as an associate at a large law firm in New York City, where she acquired a broad base of general corporate and intellectual property experience. She later became the Assistant General Counsel of Sanofi, Inc. (whose operations have since become part of Sanofi Aventis, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies), where she worked closely with upper level management and was involved in structuring and drafting a wide range of complex commercial agreements. Susan made a lifestyle decision to shift her practice when she became one of the original founders of the predecessor firm to Lane Crowell LLP.

 

Education

Fordham University School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1986

Barnard College
A.B. magna cum laude, 1983

Bar Admissions

 New York, Connecticut