Howard Leib is a law professor and an intellectual property and entertainment attorney and consultant with practices in both New York City and Ithaca, NY. He offers a full range of legal services, with specialties in entertainment, corporate, trademark and copyright law, including litigation.
Leib acts as attorney for many companies and individuals in the entertainment industry and as a consultant for individuals and companies seeking an understanding of the children’s entertainment market. Howard has served on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section, where he was chair of the Music Committee and editor of the section newsletter. He has been a member of the Board of Contributing Editors of “Entertainment Law and Finance.” He has taught Entertainment Law at New York University and Business Law at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Leib currently teaches for a variety of educational institutions, both online and in person. These include NYU, National Paralegal College and Kaplan University.
In 1997, Leib created the BrainCamp conference, providing a forum for those at the top of the kids’ entertainment industry to meet, exchange ideas and socialize in an informal and informative environment. Leib also founded and published BrainCamp News, a weekly email newsletter on important events within the kids’ entertainment industry, distributed to more than 5,000 people in over 50 countries.
A student and historian of comedy and a former stand-up comedian himself, Leib served as producer of Rhino Records’ critically acclaimed 4 CD compilation “But Seriously – The American Comedy Box” which traced the history of American recorded comedy from its roots in the early 1900s to the 1990s. Leib has also produced comedy records for Sony Wonder’s Nick at Nite label, including Bob Newhart’s Grammy-nominated “Button Down Concert” CD, among others. On Video, Howard produced “The Best of the Electric Company” for Shout Factory.
He hosts “No Soap Radio,” on WRFI-FM, Ithaca and appeared as a regular panelist on “In Seven Days,” a McLaughlin Group like program on Time Warner Cable in Manhattan with lawyers as panelists. Leib’s work has appeared in various publications over the years, including Entertainment Law and Finance, Billboard, The Comic’s Bible, Goldmine, and the Children’s Music Network’s Pass It On.
Leib holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and urban studies from Columbia University. He received a Juris Doctor with honors from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he worked on both the Law Review and the Law Revue.
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