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Kahn Named Best Lawyers® 2020 Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis

Capes Sokol is pleased to announce that Michael A. Kahn, Capes Sokol Senior Counsel, was named the Best Lawyers® 2020 Copyright Law “Lawyer of the Year” in St. Louis. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in the St. Louis Metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” This is the fifth time Mike has been named Copyright Lawyer of the Year.

In addition, twelve other attorneys at Capes Sokol, representing every practice area of the firm, were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2020 edition.

This distinct honor comes hot on the heels of Mike’s successful representation of the “Joyful Noise” artists in the Katy Perry “Dark Horse” copyright infringement case. The five-year-long lawsuit concluded on August 1st, when the nine-member jury hearing the case in federal court in Los Angeles reached a unanimous verdict that the defendants had infringed “Joyful Noise” and must pay a combined $2.78 million in damages.

About Michael A. Kahn

Intellectual PropertyMichael A. Kahn concentrates his practice in copyright, trademark, First Amendment, and media law, including libel and privacy rights. He is a widely recognized trial lawyer in the area of entertainment and intellectual property matters. With over 30 years of experience, Mike has represented multiple high-profile clients, including S. Victor Whitmill, who filed a copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of his facial tattoo artwork on another character in the motion picture The Hangover Part II.

In addition, he has been counsel of record for the National Basketball Association, Oprah Winfrey, Lions Gate Entertainment, Mark McGwire, McFarlane Toys, Radio One, Emmis Communications, The St. Louis Business Journal, Eveready Battery Company, The New York Yankees, Paramount Pictures, and The Topps Company in various disputes.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest, most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers inclusion is based on peer review to capture consensus opinions of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues in the same geographic and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a transparent survey process to elicit meaningful evaluations of legal services quality.

About Capes Sokol

Capes Sokol is a St. Louis-based law firm focusing on corporate and real estate matters; business, commercial, intellectual property, and product liability litigation; tax litigation and controversy; white collar and other criminal defense matters; trusts and estates; entertainment and media; and digital currency and blockchain technology matters.

About Capes Sokol

At Capes Sokol, we strive to find the best solutions to our client's legal problems and to turn even complex challenges into opportunities. That’s why each member of our St. Louis-based team is committed to looking at every issue from multiple angles. We bring teamwork and collaboration across disciplines. We take the time to listen and understand our clients' industries, problems and challenges. And then we apply deep legal knowledge, experience and creativity all leading to strategies and execution that just make sense.

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