AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Business and commercial matters
Mr. Rothstein has received an AV® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing his “very high to preeminent legal ability” as well as “very high general ethical standards.”
University of Michigan, J.D., 1987, with honors, Campbell Moot Court Competition semi-finalist, 1986; Campbell Moot Court Board, 1987
University of Chicago, B.A., with general honors and special honors in history, 1984
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New York
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
Clouse Brown PLLC
Mr. Rothstein’s practice includes all aspects of copyright, trademark and entertainment law. He regularly assists clients with the registration, maintenance, and transfer of copyrights and trademarks covering books, movies, music, and related endeavors. He also provides years of experience in dispute resolution and litigation regarding such matters.
Mr. Rothstein’s employment law practice is focused on non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and other issues regarding the intellectual property rights of employees and employers.
Mr. Rothstein has represented a wide range of individuals and businesses in general commercial litigation in state and federal courts throughout Texas and other jurisdictions, including disputes arising from the purchase and sale of businesses; disputes between partners/owners in businesses; issues regarding executive stock ownership; libel/slander; and other contractual disputes.
Mr. Rothstein has handled a variety of matters relating to the internet, including representing parties on both sides of domain name “cybersquatting” cases, drafting contracts and handling disputes regarding web site design and search engine optimization, and counseling clients about their rights and responsibilities under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and those involving Native Advertising.
Mr. Rothstein is a qualified mediator with 40 hours of mediation training and numerous mediations conducted. With a commitment to finding common ground, Mr. Rothstein is pleased to offer his services as a mediator, especially with regards to intellectual property, entertainment, and other business issues.
REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE:
A large toy distributor in numerous copyright, trademark, and trade dress cases as a plaintiff and defendant. These cases in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas involving multimillion-unit-selling products included obtaining the seizure of infringing goods by the U.S. Customs Office, entry of a preliminary injunction, and other relief effectively stopping the sale of infringing goods.
One of the nation’s largest headwear distributors in trademark and copyright litigation in federal courts in Mississippi, Georgia and Texas.
A well-known record producer in trial, post-trial, and appeal as a defendant on copyright claims in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in the reduction by nearly 90 percent of a substantial jury award and fee claim.
Representing both employers and employees in contract negotiations and disputes regarding their respective rights to trade secrets and other intellectual property at the inception and at the termination of employment. Frequently, these disputes include forensic review of computers and other electronic devices to ensure compliance with agreements and court orders.
Representing a major textbook publisher in negotiations with potential textbook authors.
Representing the estate of a well-known author in negotiations to adapt her book for the screen or stage.
Representing senior executives in securing their rights to company stock and options upon termination of their employment.