William L. Charron
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6569
William Charron is a partner at Pryor Cashman
LLP in the firm’s Litigation Department. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s
Art Law Practice Group and represents clients in art title and
authenticity cases. Bill’s practice is focused on property rights cases
in a number of contexts, including intellectual property matters arising
under the Copyright and Lanham Acts, right of publicity and defamation
laws, and real estate litigation. He has also represented clients in a
number of complex cases involving civil rights, civil RICO, antitrust,
securities fraud, and banking claims, as well as numerous contract,
shareholder, and LLC membership disputes.
Bill has particular experience in handling
appellate litigation, including successfully arguing appeals to the
Second, Third, Sixth, and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and to
the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division in New York.
He also teaches appellate advocacy and legal writing as an adjunct
professor at Columbia Law School.
Some of Bill’s recent and other representative court victories include:
- Soul Circus, Inc. v. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, et al. (Georgia Superior Ct. 2013): Obtained
pleadings-based dismissal of defamation claims brought by circus
company against client in connection with Internet postings highlighting
alleged animal abuse, based upon First Amendment and local “anti-SLAPP”
- Marriott International, Inc. v. Eden Roc, LLLP (1st Department 2013):
Obtained vacatur of preliminary injunction on behalf of owner of
renowned Miami, Florida hotel that required owner to permit hotel
management company to continue to manage all hotel operations against
the owner’s will, by successfully arguing that injunction
inappropriately compelled performance of a personal services contract.
- Hyatt v. California Franchise Tax Board (Supreme Court – Westchester County, aff’d, N.Y. Appellate Division, 2d Department 2013):
Successfully obtained New York judicial review and modification of
out-of-state subpoenas issued by California taxing authority and
California court under recently amended New York statute, thereby
helping to establish new law in New York that its courts are not
prevented from exercising such independent review by the “Full Faith and
Credit Clause” to the U.S. Constitution.
- Bakalar v. Vavra (S.D.N.Y., aff’d, 2d Circuit 2012):
Obtained fully-affirmed final judgment after trial in favor of owner of
Egon Schiele artwork alleged to have been stolen by Nazis during World
War II by successfully disproving Nazi theft and by successful
invocation of "laches" defense. Previously successfully opposed rare
motion seeking defendant-class action certification.
- Kernel Records Oy v. Timothy Mosley p/k/a Timbaland, et al., (S.D. Fla., aff’d, 11th Circuit 2012):
Obtained summary judgment dismissal of music copyright infringement
claims against internationally renowned singer Nelly Furtado and
corporate co-defendants, with significant appellate court decision
establishing the Copyright Act’s meaning of “publication” through
various forms of Internet media. Previously obtained dismissal of claims
against Ms. Furtado’s music publishing company on personal jurisdiction
and “indispensable party” grounds.
- TechnoMarine SA v. Jacob Time, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2012):
Obtained pleadings-based dismissal of federal trademark, copyright and
related state law claims on behalf of internet discount seller of high
end jewelry by successfully arguing that plaintiff watch manufacturer
failed to “plausibly” allege that defendant was selling counterfeit or
otherwise non-genuine watches bearing plaintiff’s name and mark.
- Claudia Evart v. Ralph Edwards/Stu Billet Productions d/b/a “People’s Court” (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County 2012):
Successfully opposed application by unsuccessful litigant in “The
People’s Court” television program for prior restraint and permanent
injunction of episode broadcasting based upon contention that litigant
had been treated unfairly and portrayed in a negative light in the
episode, and obtained pleadings-based dismissal of action based upon
conclusive documentary evidence that the plaintiff had agreed to release
all claims of liability arising out of show’s taping and broadcast.
- Joan Banach v. The Dedalus Foundation, Inc. (Supreme Court – N.Y. County, aff’d, N.Y. Appellate Division, 1st Department 2011):
Successfully represented foundation for internationally renowned artist
Robert Motherwell in dismissing claims by former board member and
employee for alleged “lifetime employment” and for wrongful removal and
To read about some of Bill's other successful representations, please click here.
In April 2010, Bill won a 2010 Burton Award for
Legal Achievement. The Burton Award is one of the highest literary
honors in law, with just 30 authors chosen each year out of entries
submitted from the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. Bill was selected
as a recipient of the prestigious national award for his article, States Turn a Deaf Ear to the Constitution in an Effort to Promote "Truth in Music.”
Bill is frequently called upon by the press to comment upon
intellectual property, litigation and other matters. To read samples of
such press coverage, please click here.
Bill is a 1998 graduate of the University of
Virginia School of Law, where he was a Moot Court competition
semifinalist, a Dillard Fellow and an Editor of the Journal of Law and
Politics. Bill graduated magna cum laude from Colby College in 1993 with a B.A. in Government. He was Phi Beta Kappa and won the Albert A. Mavrinac Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Government: The Presidential Precampaign and the Press.
- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Associate (1998-2000)
- Author, When A Civil Rights Plaintiff Can 'Win' But Not 'Prevail', Bloomberg/BNA Law Week (May 2012)
- Author, Twitter: A 'Caveat Emptor' Exception to Libel Law?, 1 Berkeley J. Ent. & Sports L. (April 2012)
- Author, FCC v. Fox Television: The ‘Steven Spielberg Exception’ To Broadcast Television Indecency Rules?, The Wrap (February 2012)
- Author, States Turn a Deaf Ear to the Constitution in an Effort to Promote “Truth in Music,” BNA
Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (August 28, 2009) and
University of Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal (Fall 2009)
- Panelist, Practical Advice on Handling Legal Issues Confronting the Art World Today, New York City Bar Association (May 2013)
- Columbia University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of Appellate Advocacy and Legal Writing
- Advisory Board of the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, Appointed Member
- New York City Bar Association, Member of Professional Ethics Committee and Liaison Member of Art Law Committee
- New York State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Burton Award For Legal Writing 2010
- Named a “Rising Star” in General Litigation by New York Super Lawyers – Metro Edition magazine (2011 edition)