Peter L. Skolnik Retired Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2508 | F 973.597.2509

Peter L. Skolnik concentrates his litigation practice in the areas of media and entertainment law, First Amendment law, intellectual property litigation and counseling, and complex civil litigation.

Peter counsels clients and litigates copyright and trademark matters around the country for high tech companies, publishers, broadcasters, authors, literary estates and arts organizations. He represented the Estate of Vladimir Nabokov successfully in a highly celebrated case involving infringement of the copyright to Lolita; successfully defended David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, through litigation and trial concerning early development of the enormously successful television series; and defended filmmaker Jamie Johnson against an invasion of privacy suit arising from his award-winning documentary for HBO, Born Rich, in which Peter appears. Peter also mounted a successful First Amendment pro bono defense of cult expert Rick Ross, in defamation litigation brought by Landmark Education about criticisms of Landmark’s “Forum” that appear on Ross’s web site.

Peter's media law practice includes representing media organizations in defamation actions and in actions to obtain access to courtrooms and court records. Peter is author of the New Jersey section in the Media Law Resource Center’s Annual 50-State Survey of Privacy and Related Torts. His trademark litigation practice includes enforcement of licensing agreements and restrictive covenants, the application of U.S. law to acts of infringement abroad and other issues. Peter is listed among The Best Lawyers in America in the first amendment law section. In addition, he was featured in the 2005-2016 issues of Super Lawyers in the First Amendment/Media Law section of the publication. 

Peter is an Adjunct Professor of International Copyright Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, has been an Adjunct Professor of Publishing Law at New York Law School, and was formerly both a successful theatrical producer/director and seven-term president of a national association of literary agents. Peter is Chair of the New Jersey Media Lawyers Association, and a Member of the Board of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Articles Quoting Peter L. Skolnik

  • “Think You Can Pull a Fast One on David Chase’s Lawyer? Fuhgeddaboutdit!,” Hank Bordowitz, New Jersey Super Lawyers, May 2005


Navigating Social Media Copyrights
New Jersey Lawyer, October 2013
Peter Skolnik
Caveat Scriptor: Don't Get Burned By Boilerplate Releases
ABA Entertainment and Sport Law Journal, Summer 2006
Peter Skolnik, Matt Savare
Cross-border Application of the Lanham Act Causing Confusion in Trademark Law
New Jersey Law Journal, July 1998
Peter Skolnik, Steven Hecht
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Press Mentions

Peter L. Skolnik and Michael A. Norwick featured for their representation of Rick A. Ross, anti-cult blogger and counterclaim plaintiff in litigation brought by the NXIVM Corp. - a provider of executive training programs. , New York Law Journal , March 6, 2007

Related Areas

Business Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ( J.D. , 1987 ) , magna cum laude
Columbia University ( M.F.A. , 1968 ) ,  stage directing
Harvard University ( B.A. , 1966 )

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

1988 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1991 , U.S. Supreme Court
1993 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1997 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
1997 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


  • Chair, New Jersey Media Lawyers Association
  • Former Chair, Media Law Committee, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • President, New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property, Communications and Litigation Sections
  • Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), Defense Counsel Section