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Raymond J. Dowd


Adjunct Professor of Law

Raymond J. Dowd is a partner of Dunnington, Bartholow, & Miller LLP in New York City in the firm’s litigation and arbitration, intellectual property and art law and international practice. He has served as lead counsel in high-stakes, high-profile litigations and arbitrations in New York for over two decades.   He is the autho of the critically-acclaimed Copyright Litigation Handbook  published annually since 2006 by ThomsonReuters/Westlaw.
Mr. Dowd represents clients commercial disputes, often relating to brand protection and content distribution in the United States.  Recent cases garnering media attention include video-streaming/IPTV antipiracy,  a reverse Ponzi scheme involving insurance policies and recovering an ancient Assyrian tablet for the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.   Since 2005, Mr. Dowd has engaged in ground-breaking litigation to recover artworks lost during World War II, gaining international acclaim and amicus curiae support from Holocaust survivors and heirs.
Mr. Dowd represents individuals, corporations, non-profits and governments in a wide range of matters.  Formal and informal investigations include copyright and trademark infringement, embezzlement, fraud, theft and underpayments.  Disputed matters include copyright and trademark infringement, shareholder actions, corporate governance including business dissolutions, contract, insurance, valuation, licensing disputes and contested audits or accounting proceedings.  Federal and state court and arbitral lead counsel experience includes bench and jury trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, emergency applications for injunctive relief, quashing subpoenas, and obtaining, enforcing and collecting judgments.  Mr. Dowd also assists corporations and individuals with trademark and transactional work, including international licensing and distribution. He lectures regularly.

Non-profit and community service includes:

-Federal Bar Association, Chair Presidential Task Force on The Appellate Courts (2016-   ); General Counsel (2010-11); Board of Directors (2011-16) (2015 Presidential Special Recognition Award for “outstanding leadership, initiative and effective contributions”)

- New York County Lawyers’ Association, Board of Directors of the (2003-06) (co-founded in 2006 annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute)

- Network of Bar Leaders, President (2013-14) (organization of presidents of over 50 specialty and affinity bar New York bar associations founded by the late Hon. Harold Baer, U.S. District Judge, to promote diversity and equality in the bar)

- Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee (2014-15);

- National Arts Club, Board of Governors (2015-present); Chair Audit Committee (2016- present)

- Foundation of the New York State Bar Association, Fellow (2015-present)

- Village of Westhampton Beach, NY, Conservation Advisory Council (2014-present)

- Fordham Law School, Co-Chair International, Foreign and Comparative Law Affinity Group.

Event organizing includes:

- 2011-Present - Federal Bar Association Capitol Hill Day (advocacy on behalf of federal judiciary and federal bar)
- 2004 - 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education event honoring U.S. District Judge Robert Carter at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (with Chief Judge Michael Mukasey and the NAACP)

- 2005 - first-ever Second Circuit Federal Bar Association admissions ceremony (with Second Circuit Judges Sotomayor and Wesley)
- 2009 - ceremony honoring the US Marshals Service at Federal Hall, the seat of the first U.S. Congress and where the judiciary was created in 1789.
- 2009 – induction at U.S. Supreme Court of the  Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Honorary Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association (assisted with inductions of Justices Kagan and Thomas)

- 2013-14  events honoring federal defenders at the Southern District of  New York and Eastern District of New York (with Chief  Judges and U.S. Attorneys)
- 2017 Fordham Law School’s first-ever Mock Interview program for International LLM students
- 2017 Fordham Law Schooland admissions ceremony at the Court of International Trade

Bar Admissions:

New York (1993)

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Tax Court


Academic Interests

Copyright Litigation, Art Litigation,  Quantitative Methods

Manhattan College B.A. International Studies cum laude 1986  Sorbonne Paris I, (French language certificate mention bien) 1985; University of Champagne-Ardennes Reims, France (senior semester 1985)
Centro Linguistico Dante Alighieri, Siena, Italy (1991)(three month study)
Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1991, Fordham International Law Journal Articles Editor



Copyright Litigation Handbook 2017-2018 (Thomson Reuters/Westlaw)(updated annually)


“Cease-and-Desist Letters: A Trap for the Unwary.” The Federal Lawyer, March/April 2009, 4-5.
“Federal Courts and Stolen Art: Our Duty to History.” The Federal Lawyer, July 2008, 4–5, 9.
“Nazi Looted Art and Cocaine: When Museum Directors Take It, Call the Cops.” 14 Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, May 2013.
“Civil RICO Misread:  The Judicial Repeal of the 1988 Amendments To The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” 14 Fordham International Law Journal 946-986 (1990-1991).


“Drawing the Line: Investigating Your Client’s Copyright Claims and Defenses and Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Infringement Actions”  Copyright Society of the USA, (2017)
“Copyright and Fine Art” National Arts Club (2016)
“Nazi Art Looting, Stolen Art and Our Museums: Why The Ghosts of The Past Still Haunt Us,” Keynote Speaker, New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section (2015)
How Long Do You Have to Sue for Nazi Looted Art?: Grosz v. Museum of Modern Art, Entertainment Sports Media and Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (2014)

“Recovering Art Stolen from Victims of the Holocaust,”  The Dayton Art Institute (2013)
"Copyright Litigation for the General Practitioner," New York County Lawyers' Association (2011)

“Copyright and Copyleft: Fair Use and Fine Art,” New York University, (2009)

“Murder, Mystery and Egon Schiele’s ‘Dead City,’” Jewish Museum of Berlin, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, New York State Bar Association at Sotheby’s Institute, Harmonie Club (2009)

"Fritz Grünbaum's Art Collection: Legal Obstacles to the Recovery of Stolen Art," Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, Czech Republic, (2009)

"Conflicts of Law in Art Disputes" Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute, New York County Lawyers' Association (2009)

"U.S. Copyright Law for the Non-U.S. Lawyer," Montreal & Quebec City, Canada and Berlin, Germany (2008-2010)

"International Copyright: Foreign Copyrights in U.S. Courts," New York County Lawyers' Association (2008)

“Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Management”  New York University School of Professional and Continuing Studies (2001-2004) (designed and taught course for adults)