DAVID STEINER has practiced law for over eighteen years in the fields of technology transactions and intellectual property. David’s practice focuses on drafting and negotiating agreements involving technology, media and intellectual property and advising clients with respect to trademark and copyright matters. David also advises clients on art law matters, including galleries, artists and auction houses.


David has substantial experience drafting and negotiating a wide variety of technology-, media-, and intellectual property- related agreements for clients in the financial services, technology, new media, fashion and entertainment industries, including software license agreements, website and software development agreements, distribution agreements, outsourcing agreements, trademark and content license agreements and cloud-based software and services agreements. In addition, David has developed many website terms of use and privacy policies, and advises clients regularly on ecommerce and social media issues.


David has considerable experience in all fields of trademark practice, including searching and clearance, prosecution (including oppositions and cancellations), investigation, disputes and litigation, and managing international trademark portfolios. In addition, David has developed an expertise on domain name issues, assisting clients with domain name searching, registration, transfers and disputes, including obtaining a favorable result in the tenth decision ever rendered by the World Intellectual Property Organization under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.


David also advises clients on copyright matters, including registration, licensing, disputes and litigation. David frequently assists artists in enforcing their copyrights. Recent examples include obtaining a favorable settlement on an infringement claim against a major cable television network and stopping an overseas retailer from offering household items printed with unauthorized reproductions of an artist’s work.

Art Law

In addition to advising artists on copyright matters, David also advises artists, galleries and auction houses on a variety of art law matters, including moral rights, representation and consignment agreements, contractual disputes, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and tax issues.


  • Miami University (B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Philosophy, 1995)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998)

Selected Publications

  • “A Few Observations on Copyright and Art,” Landslide: A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 5, No. 3, January/February 2013.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • “Why An Artist Would Practice Law,” University of Washington School of Law Nov. 2018
  • “HLS in the Art World,” Harvard Law School Association of New York City, June 2017.
  • “Blanch v. Koons & Cariou v. Prince,” Fordham School of Law, February 2013.
  • “This is Not a Legal Lecture,” Northeastern University School of Law, October 2011.
  • Panelist – “Intellectual Property in the Age of Digital Reproduction,” Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, April 2010.
  • “Copyright and Contemporary Art: Ships Passing in the Night,” Vassar College, April 2010.

Bar Memberships

  • Admitted in New York and Texas