Matt Savare Partner

New York Roseland
T 646.414.6911 | F 973.597.2599



Known for his tireless commitment and dedication to client service, Matt focuses his practice on media, entertainment, intellectual property, online advertising, technology and privacy issues.

Matt has represented clients in many facets of the media and entertainment industries, including film, television, music, publishing, theater, visual and performing arts, and new media, with a particular emphasis on how new and emerging technologies are disrupting traditional business models.

Matt counsels clients on a wide range of copyright, trademark and right of publicity matters, again with a particular emphasis on new and disruptive technologies. Matt also counsels clients on information privacy issues, including compliance with the E.U. Directive and the U.S. Safe Harbor framework, cybersquatting, domain name disputes and technology licensing, with a particular focus on new and social media.

During his time as a litigator, Matt handled entertainment, intellectual property, false advertising, right of publicity and privacy disputes, including defending a copyright infringement suit filed by the Estate of Frank Zappa and assisting in the successful defense of David Chase in connection with The Sopranos.

When he's not working, Matt pursues his avid interests in sports and film. He enjoys running and spending time with his wife and their triplets. He is a trustee of the Black Maria Film Festival and actively participates in fundraising efforts aimed at research into childhood cancers.


Representative Engagements

Regularly drafts and negotiates endorsement and personal appearance deals for athletes and celebrities.
Represents an Oscar-winning producer and his production partner in the creation of a film fund for the production and financing of mid-budget theatrical feature films.
Represents an award-winning producer and her team in the creation of a film fund for a slate of independent theatrical films.
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Other Distinctions

  • Online Marketing Institute Top Digital Strategists (2014) – Named one of Online Marketing Institute’s Top 40+ Digital Strategists in Marketing for 2014.

  • Super Lawyers (2013–2014) – Named "Rising Star" for New Jersey attorneys.

  • Variety (2011) – Named one of Variety's "Best and Brightest" upcoming entertainment and media attorneys.

  • NJ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (2011) – Given the "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" award for his hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services for artists.

  • Monmouth University (2011) – Named "Distinguished Alumnus."
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Speaking Engagements

  • "Intellectual Property and Social Media Webinar," Online Marketing Institute's State of Content & Social Innovation Day, August 7, 2013

  • "The Crowdfunding Economy:  For Startups to Stalwarts and Artists to Technorates," Internet Week New York, May 22, 2013

  • "Latest Developments in Transmedia Deals," Seton Hall Law School Presentation, November 13, 2012

  • "Guidelines for Motion Picture/Video/Film Photography on PSEG Premises." PSEG Presentation, November 12, 2012

  • "Understanding Privacy and Fraud Controls: Strategies and Actions," Annual Eisner Amper Closely Held Business Summit, October 23, 2012

Publications

Automatic for the People
Electronic Retailer, June 2014
Matt Savare
Advertisers' Biggest Wins in the New Commercials Contract With Actors
AdAge, July 11, 2013
Matt Savare
How the FTC’s revised dot-com disclosures affect online, social and mobile advertising
Mobile Marketer, April 25, 2013
Matt Savare
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Press Mentions

In The Daily DotMatt Savare comments on copyright laws surrounding compilations of materials on viral content websites. , The Daily Dot , August 7, 2014
In a Thomson Reuters article, Matt Savare comments on how the Federal Trade Commission is taking online privacy seriously when it comes to digital commerce and advertising, especially regarding children, in light of the FTC’s proposed consent order in which Apple has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle charges that it allowed children to make unauthorized in-app purchases through their parents’ iTunes accounts. , Thomson Reuters , January 28, 2014
In Law360Matt Savare comments on challenges advertisers and celebrity endorsers face while attempting to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s new “Dot Com Disclosures” guidelines. , Law360 , August 23, 2013
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Related Areas

Corporate
Franchise and Distribution
Intellectual Property Litigation
Investment Management
Life Sciences
Litigation
Media and Entertainment
Patents
Privacy and Information Security
The Tech Group
Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement

Education


Seton Hall University School of Law ( J.D. , 2004 ) , summa cum laude, Articles Editor, Seton Hall Law Review
  • Valedictorian
Monmouth University ( M.A. , 2001 ) , summa cum laude
  • Co-Valedictorian
Drew University ( B.A. , 1995 ) , summa cum laude

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions


2004 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
2006 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
2006 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
2006 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Affiliations


  • Trustee, Black Maria Film Festival