Cheryl L. Davis

Cheryl L. Davis is a litigator who concentrates in intellectual property matters (particularly copyright and trademark cases), employment, and real estate/construction related matters. She has also represented theater clients in connection with a variety of contract and corporate issues. A published playwright whose work has been frequently performed, Cheryl won the Kleban Award for her works as a musical theater librettist and her show Barnstormer has received one of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Awards. She is a graduate of Princeton (A.B. 1983) and Columbia (M.S.J. 1986 and J.D. 1987) Universities, and is an active member of the New York City Bar Association, where she has served on the Committees on Copyright and Literary Property and on Communications and Media Law, and the American Bar Association, where she is the Vice Chair of the Arts and Museums Committee of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. She is also a member of the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • Diversity Co-Liaison of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section for the New York State Bar Association. She is also Vice President of Communications for the League of Professional Theatre Women.
  • Vice President of Theater Resources Unlimited, and a former member of the Theater Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts
  • New York City Committee of the Law Firm Access to Justice Campaign Committee of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, Inc.
  • Member of the League of Professional Theater Women
  • Participated in a NEA panel on Musical Theater

Representative Speaking Engagements:

  • Panel Member in a program entitled “Architecture Law: Contract Negotiation, Intellectual Property and Claims” presented by Hudson Valley Bank
  • Made presentation on “Copyright and Intellectual Property Law” to National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Made presentation on “Intellectual Property and Architects” (both live and webinar)
  • Made presentations on “Contracts, Options and Underlying Rights” and “Differences between Commercial and Not-for-Profit Theater” to theatrical producers, for which she was interviewed by NY1 (Theater Producers Strategize To Ensure Their Shows Go On)
  • Made presentations on employment issues, such as Sexual Harassment and the “Employee Who Complains”