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Harold Himmelman

Harold Himmelman, Esq.

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Margaret Poppe
T: 202-533-2024
F: 202-942-9186
1155 F Street, NW , Suite 1150 , Washington , DC 20004
Mr. Himmelman has mediated and arbitrated a number of intellectual property disputes over the past two decades. These cases have involved patents, licensing, royalties, copyright, and trademark issues. In addition, his many years of private practice involved litigation and negotiation of a substantial number of intellectual property cases concerning disputes among national and multi-national companies over proprietary data and other information necessary to meet extensive governmental regulatory and licensing requirements.

Representative Matters

  • Artist Royalties
    • One of three members of a United States Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel resolving the distribution of royalties owed to recording artists whose music was played on digital audio recording technology.
  • Copyright/Trademark
    • Mediated several disputes that involved copyright and trademark issues, including cases related to popular consumer products and proprietary technology in telecommunications.
  • Licensing/Marketing
    • Mediated numerous licensing, marketing, and breach of contract disputes involving, for example, software, technology, information management systems, transportation, and consulting companies, including issues arising out of alleged fraud and ancillary claims. Several cases stemmed from disagreements after mergers and acquisitions. The cases frequently have included disputes between an acquiring company and the owners and officers of the acquired business concerning respective rights in proprietary products, royalty entitlements, executive compensation, and non-compete requirements.
  • Patents/Consumer Product
    • As part of a three-member mini-trial panel, performed a case evaluation for two of the nation’s major consumer product suppliers in a dispute over the patent to a packaging technology that was critical to the success of the consumer product. The dispute was resolved after the panel’s evaluation was presented and explained to the parties.
  • Patents/Technology
    • Mediated patent dispute between patent holder and company operating in the telecommunications field involving claims and cross-claims pending in two Federal courts and a State Court. Settlement resulted in dismissal of all court actions and provided for the opportunity to pursue ongoing business relations.
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals (DC Cir.) ADR Program since 1995
  • Member, ABA and DC Bar Dispute Resolution Sections
  • Visiting Lecturer, American University and George Washington University Law Schools, 2013
  • Former Member, U.S. Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel
  • Former Member, D.C. Bar Fee Conciliation and Arbitration Service
  • Former Member, JAMS Regional Advisory Council
  • Former Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the D.C. Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Current Member of private, non-profit Boards
  • LL.B., New York University School of Law, 1967 (Walsh Scholar)
  • B.A., cum laude with highest honors, Williams College, 1964 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Honors Law Program
  • Senior Partner/Director, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, D.C. for 38 years. (Firm’s first Managing Partner; currently Senior Counsel)
  • Practice included litigation, arbitration, and negotiation advocacy, including jury and non-jury trials involving federal and local governments, corporations, citizens groups, and individuals. Cases included commercial, intellectual property, environment, tort, discrimination, and first amendment. Representation included plaintiffs and defendants, large and small companies, and consortiums of national and multi-national companies.

Counsel Comments

    “An agreement could not have been reached without Harold’s intervention. He was incredibly well-prepared and a master of shuttle diplomacy. At the appropriate times he was sympathetic, at times forceful. He was always patient. No matter how impenetrable various impasses seemed, he would never give up and always had creative suggestions. He kept both sides, and their lawyers, calm and focused through this highly charged process." - Senior Partner, National Law Firm

    "This was a case of great complexity. It was only because of your creativity, diligence, and faith that settlement was reached. I want to thank you very much for all your efforts. This was in many ways a ‘model mediation." - Senior Federal Judge






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