David L. Hecht
David L. Hecht is the Managing Partner of the firm’s New York office, which he founded. He serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and First Amendment and Media practice groups. David represents individuals, companies, and nationwide classes in high-stakes commercial disputes. His practice is concentrated in three areas: intellectual property disputes, First Amendment and media law, and complex civil litigation. David represents clients in a wide variety of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, defamation, privacy, false-advertising, and class action litigation and counseling matters. He also represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels.
David’s high-profile cases have been featured in nearly every major publication and newscast in the United States, and the world, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Variety, Forbes, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly, TechCrunch, The Verge, NPR, CNN, CBC, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and Entertainment Tonight.
A registered patent attorney, David has appeared in dozens of patent-related matters, including inter partes review proceedings, for industry giants including Raytheon, Huawei, and MediaTek. David has tried numerous District Court and International Trade Commission (ITC) cases to verdict involving a wide range of computer, software, communications, and medical products related technologies. Among the most notable of those trials was Apple v. Samsung, known as the "patent trial of the century." David was also part of the trial team that secured the first-ever exclusion order against Apple in the ITC.
David also has extensive experience in copyright cases. He helped secure a $25 million copyright jury trial win for music publishing house BMG Rights Management, named the largest verdict in Virginia in 2015. Currently, he represents a bevy of performers against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive with respect to copyright, right of publicity, and/or trademark claims.
On the trademark front, David currently represents Chris Aire, known as the "King of Bling" and jeweler to the stars, and his company Solid 21, Inc. in an enforcement campaign of the RED GOLD® mark against the watch and jewelry industry. Solid 21’s near decade-long dispute with a famous Swiss watch manufacturer was settled months after Pierce Bainbridge was engaged, with David leading the charge.
David holds a rare and highly coveted educational trifecta: degrees in engineering (B.S. in electrical and computer engineering), business (M.B.A.) and law (J.D.). He worked as a network engineer prior to law school and a patent agent while a law student. David also founded several successful startups during the Great Recession, including real estate investment and event production companies. David draws from his diverse background and experience to understand the most intricate details of his clients' intellectual property and/or business.
Prior to joining the firm, David worked for several international law firms, including Jones Day, Quinn Emanuel and Steptoe & Johnson. He also worked as in-house counsel for a publicly-traded company focused on licensing and intellectual property assertion.
Since 2015, David has been recognized as a New York Super Lawyer and Rising Star.
Entertainment & Media Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation and Licensing
General Commercial Litigation
Domestic and International Arbitration
Class Action Litigation
Trial Substitution and Crisis Litigation
Trademark and Copyright Litigation
First Amendment and Media
Lead counsel for Alfonso Ribeiro (host of America's Funniest Home Videos), BlocBoy JB, Backpack Kid, Leo P and rapper 2 Milly in litigations involving misappropriation of likeness, copyright infringement, and/or trademark infringement against Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive.
Lead counsel for Mr. Chris Aire, known as the "Iceman" and the "King of Bling" to Hollywood's elite, and his company Solid 21, owner of the RED GOLD trademark, in litigations across the United States against Hublot (case resolved), Breitling, Ulysse Nardin, Richemont Group, Franck muller, Chopard and Movado.
Lead counsel for Social Technologies LLC against Apple for trademark infringement of the federally registered trademark MEMOJI.
Lead counsel for Lenwood “Hard Rock” Hamilton, in right of publicity litigation against Microsoft and Epic Games (on appeal).
Lead counsel for Dareltech in its patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung.
Counsel for a putative class of airline ticket purchasers against Southwest Airlines and Boeing regarding the MAX 8.
Represented women-run Alex and Ani against Bank of America in litigation involving allegations of discriminatory and illegal lending practices (matter settled approximately one month after the complaint was filed).
Defended a leading, multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition in the Eastern District of Texas; matter settled six days into a jury trial scheduled for 12 days.
Defended a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Defended Furniture World, a New Jersey furniture distributor, against allegations of design patent and copyright infringement by Ashley Furniture; matter settled favorably.
Represented music publisher copyright holders against a large Internet Service Provider (ISP) relating to allegations of vicarious/contributory liability for copyright infringement by its customers.
Represented a pharmaceutical patent holder in several Hatch Waxman ANDA litigations relating to opioid dependence treatment medication.
Defended a leading global provider of data encryption and cyber security solutions against allegations of patent infringement relating to an electronic information and cryptographic key management system.
Solid 21, Inc.
BMG Rights Management
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
M.B.A., Rutgers University School of Business
B.S., Rutgers University School of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
State Bar of New Jersey
State Bar of New York
United States Patent & Trademark Office
Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, Managing Editor