Eric Vaughn-Flam

Of Counsel

o. (212) 588-0022

f. (212) 826-9307

Eric Vaughn-Flam is currently Of-Counsel to the firm, and was a founding partner of the predecessor firm Sanders Ortoli Vaughn-Flam Rosenstadt LLP.

Since December 2014, Eric has acted as General Counsel for The Beast, a software development company for the financial services industry.

For over thirty years, Eric has specialized in commercial and intellectual property practice and litigation. Eric’s significant commercial practice serves a wide variety of companies engaged in the manufacturing, retail and service industries.

Eric practice has focused in the areas of trademark, (registration, prosecution, and infringement litigation); copyright (media, internet, literary property, and entertainment); patent litigation, and advertising law.

Eric is a lecturer, including for the AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Litigation Forum on Intellectual Property Entertainment and Sports Industries, THE SOCIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS REPRESENTATIVES, and has published numerous articles in the area of copyright and trademark protection.

Eric has previously distinguished himself: (a) in a music infringement action concerning Madonna’s hit Song “Holiday,” where for the first time ring tone technology was utilized as a critical element in the prosecution of a music infringement claim (b) having won an appeal in the case Dallal v. The NY Times, concerning copyright issues as applied to the internet, and (c) representing the plaintiff in Hootie and the Blowfish v. Newman, in what is regarded as the largest management dispute on record and (d) as lead litigation counsel in the much publicized multi-national securities lawsuit Daiwa Securities v. RCMCAF Ltd.

Eric has been previously involved as both counsel and a principal in the development of numerous startup companies, including Rokon Systems Inc., where proprietary ceramic technology has been developed to permanently and inexpensively contain radioactive nuclear waste; Satelcom, a Dominican telecommunications company; The Original New York Improv, a national brand comedy club, and numerous entertainment productions; and Neutocrete, a franchiser of proprietary sealant material.

From 1984-1985, Eric served as President of Cook Records.

A partial listing of Eric’s past and present clientele includes:

  • Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs
  • EI DuPont De Nemours
  • The Danish Royal Family
  • Disney Corporation
  • 20 Century Fox
  • Satelcom
  • AEG-TV
  • Inter National Ist Magazine
  • Metropolitan Model Management
  • The Original Improv Comedy Club
  • JellyBean Records
  • Sears Mortgage Corporation
  • BCB Community Bank

From 1985 to 2000 Eric was the Senior and Founding partner of the law firm Selverne Vaughn-Flam & Mandelbaum.

Court Admissions:

  • New York State Supreme Court, 1st and 2nd departments
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Expertise


  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation and Arbitration

Industries


  • Commercial Matters
  • Entertainment (including music and television, media, software, advertising)
  • Federal and State Litigation
  • Franchise
  • Intellectual property (including Copyright and Trademark)

Education


Fordham University – B.A. English Major, 1980

New York Law School – J.D., 1984

Admission


New York, 1985

Connecticut, 1995

Pennsylvania, 2015