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Joseph H. Lessem - New York, NY

The Chrysler Building405 Lexington Avenue 44th Floor New York, NY 10174- 1101

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Updated: 10/27/2023

New York complex commercial cases Lawyer


Joseph H. Lessem joined Graubard Miller in January 2005. Previously, he was a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. and Special Counsel to Gursky & Ederer, LLP. Joe has extensive experience litigating intellectual property, real estate, antitrust, and commercial cases in federal and state courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission and arbitral tribunals. Joe's reported cases include:

  • Kwan v. Schlein, 634 F.3d 224 (2d Cir. 2011)
  • Rosenthal v. Quadriga Art, Inc., 69 A.D.3d 504, 894 N.Y.S...

About Joseph H. Lessem

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Special Counsel

Practice Areas

  • complex commercial cases
  • Intellectual Property

Representative Cases

  • Kwan v. Schlein, 634 F.3d 224 (2d Cir. 2011)
  • Rosenthal v. Quadriga Art, Inc., 69 A.D.3d 504, 894 N.Y.S.2d 32 (1st Dep't 2010)
  • Independence Community Bank v. East 86th St., LLC, 34 A.D.3d 219, 824 N.Y.S.2d 33 (1st Dep't 2006)
  • Markovitz v. Kachian, 28 A.D.3d 358, 814 N.Y.S.2d 60 (1st Dep't 2006)
  • Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, Inc. v. Goody's Family Clothing, Inc., 2003 WL 22331254 (N.D. Ga. May 9, 2003)
  • Christian Science Bd. of Directors v. Nolan, 259 F.3d 209 (4th Cir. 2001)
  • Christian Science Bd. of Directors v. Robinson, 123 F. Supp. 2d 965 (W.D.N.C. 2000), aff'd on opinion below, 1 Fed. Appx. 157 (4th Cir. 2001)
  • International Star Class Yacht Racing Ass'n v. Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A., Inc., 146 F.3d 66 (2d Cir. 1998), on remand, 1999 WL 108739 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)
  • Forschner Group v. Arrow Trading Co., Inc., 30 F.3d 348 (2d Cir. 1994) and 124 F.3d 402 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • Marvin Neiman, P.C. v. Adar Importing & Distrib. Co., 243 A.D.2d 408, 663 N.Y.S.2d 562 (1st Dep't 1997)
  • Duell v. Condon, 84 N.Y.2d 773, 647 N.E.2d 96, 622 N.Y.S.2d 891 (1995)
  • Kramer v. Pollock-Krasner Found., 890 F. Supp. 250 (S.D.N.Y. 1995)
  • Vitale v. Marlborough Gallery, 32 U.S.P.Q.2d 1283 (S.D.N.Y. 1994)
  • Hofmann v. Pressman Toy Corp., 790 F. Supp. 498 (D.N.J. 1990), aff'd without op., 947 F.2d 935 (3d Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 503 U.S. 963 (1992)
  • BR Ambulance Serv., Inc. v. Nationwide Nassau Ambulance, 150 A.D.2d 745, 542 N.Y.S.2d 21 (2d Dep't 1989)
  • Posner v. Minnesota Min. & Mfg. Co., Inc., 697 F. Supp. 122 (E.D.N.Y. 1988) and 713 F. Supp. 562 (E.D.N.Y. 1989)


Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1986
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989

Classes and Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer, Intellectual Property Litigation, New York Law School

Past Positions

  • Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., Partner
  • Gursky & Ederer, LLP, Special Counsel


  • St. John's University School of Law, Queens, New York, 1986
    Law Review: St. John's Law Review, Member
  • Manhattan College, New York, New York, 1974
  • Manhattan College, New York, New York, 1979
    M.S. Ed.
  • Yeshiva University, New York, New York, 1968


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Author, How to Prepare Copyright Registrations and Copyright License Agreements that Maximize Damage Awards and Effective Equitable Relief, AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute Handbook (2001)
  • Consumer Surveys in Trademark Litigation: Are They Worth It?, Corporate Counsel's Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 2 (April 2000)

Office Information


The Chrysler Building405 Lexington Avenue 44th Floor New York, NY 10174- 1101


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Past Lists

  • 2022 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 New York Metro Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 New York Metro Super Lawyers list

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