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”
- “What Theatre Artists and Administrators Should Know About Sexual Harassment,” by Cheryl L. Davis. HowlRound, March 2017.
- “Childress v. Taylor.” The Dramatist, September/October 2016. (Begins on page 48.)
- “Ali vs. the Army: The 'Greatest' Goes to Court.” Reprinted with permission from: Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Fall 2016, Vol. 27, No. 3, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207.
- "The Creative Commons, or 'Commonly Creative'," HowlRound, September 27, 2016
- "Fair Use in the Workplace," Inside, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2016).
- “Intellectual Property: A Two-Edged Sword,” Inside, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Fall 2012).
- “Building Your Business: Protecting Your Intellectual Property,” Form: Pioneering Design, August 2014.
- “Disputes in China,” Inside, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Winter 2012), co-written with Yao Fu Bailey.
- Contributed to Law for Architects: What You Need to Know.