Practice Profile: Allison Stillman concentrates her practice in copyright litigation and counseling, as well as trademark and other intellectual property and complex litigation matters.

She has particular expertise in the digital media space, and has worked on numerous high-profile matters that have shaped intellectual property law, including representing digital distribution companies on cutting-edge disputes with content owners, particularly in the music industry.

Ms. Stillman’s groundbreaking work includes achieving a favorable settlement for Spotify in its widely publicized copyright class action and related dispute with Wixen Music Publishing. She is also at the forefront of the implementation of the recently-enacted Music Modernization Act, representing the leading digital music services before the Copyright Office and Copyright Royalty Board.

Leadership, Pro Bono and Civic Work: Ms. Stillman is a member of Mayer Brown’s Women’s Leadership Committee and serves as the pro bono coordinator for the IP practice group in the firm’s New York office.

In addition, she sits on the board of directors of Lawyers for Children, a not-for-profit legal corporation dedicated to protecting the rights of children in foster care in New York City and promoting system-wide child welfare reform in New York state. She has represented Lawyers for Children in several appellate matters before the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals. She also sits on the Family Advisory Council at Mount Sinai Hospital’s NICU. The group provides support for families of children in the NICU. 

Prior Experience:

Law Clerk, Hon. Richard R. Clifton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review senior editor

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, dean’s list, Golden Key Honor Society

What advice would you give to young lawyers? Try to develop strong mentor relationships. In my experience, the best ones happen naturally; don’t take them for granted. I have benefited enormously from mentors: colleagues and friends who have careers—and lives—I admire, and who have guided and supported me in my own career and life.


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