Cheryl L. Davis

Cheryl L. Davis


  • Princeton, A.B. (1983)
  • Columbia University School of Journalism, M.S.J. (1986)
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D. (1987)

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Cheryl is a litigator who concentrates in intellectual property matters (particularly copyright and trademark cases), employment, and real estate/construction related matters. She has counseled clients on how to protect their intellectual property and 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.

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • Diversity Co-Liaison of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and Vice Chair of the Arts and Museums Committee of that Forum
  • Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section for the New York State Bar Association.
  • General Counsel 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.
  • Participated in a NEA panel on Musical Theater

Representative Speaking Engagements:

  • Panel Member for the NYFA's Arts Business Incubators program.
  • Panel Member for the “Fall HR Legal Update,” a comprehensive discussion presented by the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources – Greater New York
  • Panel Member in a program entitled “Architecture Law: Contract Negotiation, Intellectual Property and Claims” presented by Hudson Valley Bank
  • Presentation on “Copyright and Intellectual Property Law” to National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Presentation on “Intellectual Property and Architects” (both live and webinar)
  • 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)
  • Presentations on employment issues, such as Sexual Harassment and the “Employee Who Complains”