Richard Samson
Richard Samson

Richard Samson

Experienced New York City-based mediator and attorney with a deep expertise in digital and traditional media, entertainment, arts and technology. Skilled in complex intellectual property, copyright, trademark, right of publicity, infringement, licensing and general commercial contract and license issues.

Decades of experience advising and negotiating on behalf of a broad and varied range of creative individuals, including writers and designers, production companies, live entertainment venues and artists’ estates. Experienced in contract negotiation and drafting, particularly as they relate to IP, technology, and arts and entertainment issues: theater and film production documents, rights options, publishing and recording agreements and licenses.

Former Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to The New York Times Company.
Adjust Faculty at Rutgers Law School, focusing on entertainment and intellectual property contracts, entertainment law & business, and copyright and trademark courses.
Former intellectual property counsel and business affairs executive at A&E Television Networks.
Former Associate Attorney, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Group at Proskauer law firm. agreements and international trademark, copyright, right of publicity protection, licensing and enforcement. Counseling Broadway theater producers, non-profit entertainment and arts organizations, artists, publishers and estates and trusts of deceased composers, choreographers and artists. Theater, television, dance and concert production deals; book and news publishing, music publishing and licensing and recording agreements. Production counsel for Broadway shows.

ADR Experience

Mediator, New York State Unified Court System


Stalder Mediation & NYSBA
Completed Basic and Advanced Commercial Mediation Training

Rutgers Law School, J.D.
Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Review

Northwestern University, B.S.
Degree in Radio, Television and Film

Areas Of Practice

  • Art
  • Commercial
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Entertainment
  • General
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology
  • Trademark

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator

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