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Daniel E. Schnapp

New York
F: +1.212.655.1716
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Daniel E. Schnapp is a partner in the Entertainment and Digital Media Practice Group in the firm's New York office and Team Leader of the firm's Technology Transactions Team and Esports Industry Team.

Areas of Practice

Daniel provides strategic counsel and transactional support for multinational corporations, as well as midcap and startup companies, in connection with a wide range of legal and policy issues arising out of the convergence of technology, advertising, entertainment and media, electronic commerce, intellectual property (IP), privacy, data breach, information security, and compliance and risk management, including: 

  • Digital video and music content licensing and distribution, and related audiovisual broadcasting initiatives on all new media platforms 
  • Mobile device and online app development and licensing and distribution of social media and networking services and applications
  • Cloud-based content distribution models and enterprise cloud computing initiatives
  • Video games and interactive entertainment development, publishing, merchandising, promotion, distribution and licensing
  • Digital and traditional advertising, sponsorships, product placements and promotional arrangements
  • User-generated content ingestion, distribution and syndication
  • Strategic alliances and joint ventures "offshore," "near shore" and domestic information technology, call center, manufacturing and business process outsourcing
  • Wireless device and network application 
  • Electronic publishing and distribution
  • Viral marketing, contextual advertising and brand management
  • Promotions, sweepstakes and contests compliance
  • Record retention and disaster recovery/contingency planning compliance
  • Stored value and smart card application development
  • Digital signatures and public key infrastructures
  • Electronic payment systems and solutions and internet banking
  • Software/hardware procurement, development, licensing, distribution and export
  • Systems integration and facilities management
  • Data warehousing and mining
  • Domain name trademark disputes
  • Application storage and service provider transactions
  • Website hosting and development
  • Technology and data export compliance
  • Patent and trademark licensing
  • Intellectual property audits

Dan was selected in 2008 as one of the "Top 50 IP Attorneys Under 45" in IP Law and Business magazine.

Dan writes and lectures extensively on new developments in the areas of digital content distribution and syndication, cloud-based content distribution models, end user-generated content and social networking initiatives, outsourcing, electronic commerce, electronic payment systems, privacy and information security.


  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Top Entertainment Attorney, Variety's Legal Impact Report, 2018
  • The Legal 500, Media and Entertainment, 2018-2019
  • Chambers USA, 2012-2016
  • Top 50 Under 45, IP Law and Business Magazine, 2008

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Media Mentions



  • Member, Law Firm Advisory Board, Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel
  • Member, Distributed Computing Industry Association
  • Member, Mobile Marketing Association
  • Member, Securities Industry Association's Root Certificate Authority Initiative; has served as independent counsel to the consortium of financial institutions and regulatory agencies comprising the group
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law; has been an active participant in the section's various initiatives regarding electronic commerce and information security