Curriculum Vitae

Elliot Zimmerman, P.A.
Board Certified · Intellectual Property Law
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
1776 North Pine Island Road, Ste. 224
Plantation, Florida 33322
legal@cyberlaw.info

(954) 565-6996


Attorney at law licensed by the State of Florida and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1981. Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating. Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer authorized to engage in a multi-jurisdictional federal copyright and trademark practice.

Areas of Concentration: entertainment, music, emusic, fine art, television, radio, branding, advertising, publishing, film, internet and cyberlaw (litigation, trademarks, copyrights, domain name disputes and contracts).

Representative Clients: Luther Campbell (2 Live Crew), Aretha Franklin, Planet Hollywood, Bobby Kimball formerly of Toto, Ray Sawyer formerly of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, Carl Gardner’s Coasters, The Ink Spots, Ahmad Jamal, Paul Vance (songwriter, producer), John “Spider” Martin and Whole Foods Market.

Significant Representations:

Honus Wagner Company v. Luminary Group LLC
Honus Wagner Company, plaintiff, 2017
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No. 0:17-cv-61317-BB

Honus Wagner Company v. Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
Honus Wagner Company, plaintiff, 2015
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No. 0:15-cv-61963-WPD

Vapor Life, LLC v. Vapor 4 Life, Inc.
Vapor Life, plaintiff, 2014
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No. 0:14-cv-62226-RLR

The Hand Media, Inc. d/b/a Vapor Shark v. SAC Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Vapor Hog
Vapor Hog, defendant, 2013
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No.: 1:13-cv-22163-JAL

Barrocos of Florida, Inc. v. Elmassian, et al.
Barrocos of Florida, plaintiff, 2011
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No.: 11-cv-22393-SCOLA

Beitzim Trademark
Registration Number: 3,831,106
Int. Cls.: 14 & 15
Registered: Aug. 10, 2010

Ordonez v. Icon Sky Holdings LLC, et al.
Ordonez, plaintiff, 2010
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case Number: 0:10-cv-60156-PAS

Beeceuticals LLC v. Dreamworks et al.
Beeceuticals LLC, plaintiff, 2007
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No.: 07-61563-ZLOCH

Ink Spots Servicemark
The Hanover Group, Inc., respondent, 2004
TMEO Law Office # 4
Location: 845 -TTAB

Planet Hollywood, Inc. v. NorthPort Marketplace, Inc., et al.
Planet Hollywood, plaintiff, 1999
Circuit Court, Broward County, FL
Case No.: 99-017238 CACE 04

Toto, et al., v. Kimball, et al.
Kimball, et al., defendants, 1991
U.S. District Court, S.D. FL
Case No.: 91-8373-CIV-ROETTGER

AIM and Ray Sawyer f/k/a Dr. Hook v. Dr. Hook, Inc. and Locorriere
AIM & Ray Sawyer, plaintiffs, 1988
Circuit Court, Broward County, FL
Case No.: 88-00869 CA

Bartel & Shuford v. Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin, defendant, 1981
Circuit Court, Dade County, FL
Case No.: 81-14458 CA 29

Publications: Author, What’s GNU?, The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (“EASL”) News, April, 2006; author, P2P File Sharing: Direct & Indirect Copyright Infringement, The Florida Bar Journal, May, 2004; author, Abacus Law, Martindale-Hubbell, Legal Publishing Preview, October, 1991; author, Online, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Publishing Preview, July/August, 1991; author, Computerized Statutes, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Publishing Preview, May/June, 1991; author, The Entertainment Lawyer, The Florida Bar Journal, May, 1982.

Lectures: Recent lectures include: 3/25/2017 EASL Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad School of Law (“NSU”) Symposium re: Protecting Your Intellectual Property; 6/19/16 EASL CLE Reference 1616429A re: Jewelry Copyright Infringement at EASL Retreat located at Streamsong Resort, FL; 3/26/2015 NSU Sports and Entertainment Law Society (“SELS”) Reference 1505015A re: Intellectual Property Issues in the Vapor Industry; 4/5/2014 NSU SELS Reference 1406428A re: Production Agreements; 9/24/2013 NSU IP Law Society Reference 1406430A re: Current Issues in TM and Copyright. Nuts and Bolts of Copyright Law, NSU, February, 2013, 2012 & 2011; Virtual Worlds, Middle Tennessee State University, April, 2008; Building a Successful Entertainment Law Practice in Florida, The 8th Annual EASL Symposium on Music, Film, & TV, The Eden Rock Renaissance Resort & Hotel, Miami, Florida, March, 2006; The Front Line on the Internet, The 7th Annual EASL Symposium on Musc, Film, & TV, The Eden Rock Renaissance Resort & Hotel, Miami, Florida, April, 2005; Internet Music Distribution, University of Miami Law School, March, 2004; and, Direct and Indirect Copyright Infringement, The Florida Bar Midyear Meeting, Miami, Florida, January, 2004.

Awards: Received distinguished service certificate from The Florida Bar, April, 2004; The Florida Bar International Law Section plaque of honor in 2007; and The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (‘EASL’) plaques of honor in 1999, & 2005 – 2009. Awarded Chair Emeritus, EASL, 2009. Lifetime achievement award, EASL, 2012.

Professional Affiliations: Founder and Former Chairman of The Florida Bar Special Committee on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (1982-84), which became a full Section of The Florida Bar in 1988 (‘EASL’). Member of EASL Executive Council (1998-2002, 2004-2011, 2017-19). See http://easl.info. Webmaster for EASL (1998-2001, 2004-11) and The Florida Bar International Law Section (2003-2013) at http://internationallawsection.org.

Successfully proposed and qualified under The Florida Bar Designation Plan for Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (sunrise, 1984, to sunset, 1996).

Vice President, Secretary and Webmaster for the Jacaranda Country Club Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (2004-8).

Education:

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University, NY
J.D., 1979

Bernard M. Baruch College
C.U.N.Y., NY
B.B.A., Cum Laude, 1976

Avocations: Published composer, recording artist (keyboards), and programmer. Owner of internet music company www.Musicians.Exchange.