William R. Samuels

William Samuels

William R. Samuels

New York City, NY

Founder of W.R. Samuels Law PLLC in 2011, Bill Samuels advises clients on protecting, enforcing, and leveraging their intellectual property.  Bill and his team tailor strategies and protection plans to achieve each respective client's goals and business objectives.

Bill regularly works with clients to secure domestic and international trademark, copyright, and patent protections, to enforce and defend client rights, and to advise on commercializing intellectual property.  Bill also concentrates on brand development and management, licensing, anti-counterfeiting issues, Internet matters, and more.

Bill began his legal career in San Francisco, CA, as outside general counsel to various startup companies, advising them on intellectual property, business strategies, and general corporate matters.  He then spent three years at a California IP boutique advising clients on trademarks, copyright, design and trade dress protection, anti-counterfeiting and customs enforcement, trade secrets and unfair competition, as well as global licensing regimes.

Bill is admitted to practice in New York and California. As Chair of the Trademark Committee of the New York State Bar Association, he speaks to various groups regarding current and emerging IP issues. Bill is an Articles Editor for the IP law journal New Matter, and he is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA) as well as California Lawyers for the Arts.  Bill is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and recipient of the TI:GER Certificate in Intellectual Property and IP Commercialization. He holds an MA in literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Georgetown University.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. - 2006
    • Honors: TI:GER Certificate in Intellectual Property; NSF-Funded Program in IP, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
    • Honors: Moot court Society: IL Competition Chair, Awarded 'Most Outstanding Member: Distinction
    • Honors: Shear Book Prize: Faculty/Staff selection "Most Unique/Positive Impact on Law School"
    • Honors: Gloria Jean Fowler Award, Student Selection for Support, Communication, and Professional Excellence
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • M.A. - 2000
    • Major: English Literature
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. cum laude - 1997
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Theta International History Honors Society
    • Major: English Literature

Published Works

  • Teller v. Dogge: When Two Magicians Duel Over the Secret to an Iconic Illusion. They Conjure a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit, Co-Authors Bill Samuels and Jennifer J. Hagan, New Matter, Volume 38, Number 1, April 1, 2013
  • Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google, Inc.: Deciphering Trademark Issues in Keyword Advertising (Part One), GPSolo eReport. American Bar Association, Vol. 3, No. 1, August, 2013
  • Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google, Inc.: Deciphering Trademark Issues in Keyword Advertising (Part Two), GPSolo eReport: American Bar Association, Vol. 3, No. 3, October, 2013
  • Celebrating 20 Years of The Intellectual Property Law Section: Trademark Law, Bright Ideas, Winter, Volume 21, Number 3, 2012
  • Articles Editor, California Bar Association: IP Section Law Journal, New Matter, December 2010 - Present


  • Speaker, Intellectual Property Nuts & Bolts, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • CLE Organizer, Preliminary And Permanent Injunctions In Trademark Cases, New York State Bar Association
  • Moderator, IP Licenses In Bankruptcy, New York State Bar Association
  • CLE Speaker, Basics of IP Law: Trademarks, New York State Bar Association
  • CLE Speaker, To Copy or Not To Copy: Considerations In Copyright Law, Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Speaker, Legal Considerations For Freelancers, NYU Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP)
  • CLE Organizer & Host, Policing Your Brand On The Internet: How to Protect & Defend What Is Yours, New York State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2013 New York – Metro Rising Stars
  • Top 40 Under 40

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • W.R. Samuels Law PLLC, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • La Riviere, Grubman & Payne, Associate, September 1, 2007 - January 31, 2010
  • Farella Braun & Martel, Contract Attorney, June 1, 2007 - September 31, 2007
  • Law Offices of William R. Samuels, Attorney, September 1, 2006 - September 31, 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • California Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Attorney


  • English
  • Spanish
  • nysba
  • new york city bar
  • inta | International Trademark Association
  • state bar of california
  • cla | California lawyers for the arts
  • American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA)
  • aipla
  • Super Lawyers
  • Listed In Forbes Legal Black Book TM 2015