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Pelosi Wolf Effron Spates at the Woolworth Building JOHN PELOSI is a transactional attorney with a litigation background in 1st Amendment, copyright, trademark and commercial litigation. His varied personal interests and professional experience have resulted in a practice representing influential artists and artist estates, creative and entrepreneurial people in media and entertainment, cultural "Icons" and Nickolodean Superstars, as well as book publishers. Mr. Pelosi provides services in contract and transactional matters as well as advice, counseling, aggressive rights protection, and dispute prosecution and resolution. Areas of particular interest and specialization are intellectual property licensing and protection, photography and other fine art, publishing, television and music.

Mr. Pelosi was a litigation associate at Shea & Gould, an associate at Frankfurt Garbus Klein & Selz, and a Director of Legal Affairs at Polygram Holdings prior to founding Pelosi & Wolf in 1997. He received his JD from Columbia Law School (1988) and his BA from Colgate University (1985) graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.


JAIME WOLF specializes in negotiating intellectual property agreements and advising on related legal issues.

His broad interests and passionate engagement with pop culture and high art alike have led him to long-term relationships with creative individuals and companies. Clients include best-selling authors, music legends and prestigious publishers, design gods and iron chefs. His depth of experience in publishing, advertising, digital media, television, fine art and design, has permitted him to advise clients as they grow, expand and cross (and sometimes obliterate) traditional boundaries.

He was associated for five years with Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, and for four years previously with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison.

He is currently a member of the Commuications & Media Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association, and sits on the Executive Committee of The Corporation of Yaddo. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and magna cum laude from Yale College.


ALAN EFFRON focuses exclusively on dispute resolution, arbitration and litigation of commercial and other civil matters. He was associated for six years with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, in both its New York and Paris offices. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to Judge Amalya Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and cum laude from Yale College.


DENNIS SPATES is a transactional attorney with more than 20 years of corporate and securities law experience. Having served as both in-house and outside corporate counsel to a number of companies, he has developed a strong practical approach to business transactions and related legal issues.

Mr. Spates structures and forms corporations, limited liability companies (LLC's), and partnerships for start-ups and small to medium-sized mature businesses, and prepares, negotiates and advises on all types of agreements relating to business ownership, operation, employment, financing and governance. He also represents buyers and sellers, and their respective equity owners, in connection with mergers, acquisitions, sales, reorganizations and joint ventures of businesses, preparing, negotiating and advising on related agreements.

Through his own firm, established in 1999, he continues to represent issuers of equity and debt securities in private investment offerings, including Regulation D offerings -- preparing, negotiating and advising on private placement memoranda (PPM's), subscription documents, LLC operating agreements, and partnership agreements. He has also counseled public companies in connection with their initial SEC registration filings and public reporting compliance.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Spates served as counsel to Schoeman Updike & Kaufman, LLP and as General Counsel of Ridgewood Energy Corporation, a successful energy investment company. He began his legal career in 1983 at Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O'Donnell & Weyher in New York City. Mr. Spates earned a J.D. from Fordham Law School (1982) and an A.B. from Princeton University (1977) and is a member of the NYC Bar Association.


ANGELO DISTEFANO has transactional experience in all areas of entertainment and media including, television, music, publishing, advertising, digital media, photography and other fine art. He also advises on intellectual property licensing and protection and litigates copyright infringement claims as well as general commercial claims. He presently serves on the Entertainment Law Committee for the NYC Bar Association. He graduated from Michigan State College of Law and Washington & Lee University. He is admitted to practice in New York and the U.S. District Court of New York, Southern District.


MATTHEW TYNAN is a transactional attorney specializing in the preparation of intellectual property agreements and the protection of client copyrights and trademarks. Areas of focus include film, publishing, and new media. Mr. Tynan earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2012. Prior to law school, he worked in film production and development, and received his undergraduate degree from Oxford University. He is currently a member of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the NYC Bar Association and is a contributor to the book "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Books" (Focal Press).

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