Partner

Frankfurt Kurnit

Toby Butterfield is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. Mr. Butterfield has 20 years of experience litigating and counseling on copyright, trademark, defamation, digital media, and commercial matters. He has been listed as a New York area “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Litigation by Law and Politics magazine since 2007.

Mr. Butterfield’s clients include media and entertainment companies, and designers and manufacturers of luxury goods. His recent work includes successfully representing the owner and publisher of Business Traveler magazine in a trademark licensing dispute with a competitor; and obtaining emergency injunctive relief for HIT Entertainment, Inc. -- owner of Barney®, Thomas the Tank Engine™ and Bob the Builder® -- effectively shutting down the manufacturer and distributor of counterfeit adult costumes of those well known characters.

Mr. Butterfield writes and speaks frequently for bar associations and industry organizations. He recently authored “Coming to Terms: Hidden Traps for Media Entities and Producers in Website Terms of Use,” for the ABA’s Landslide, and the first chapter of “Counseling Content Providers in the Digital Age” on defamation for the New York State Bar Association. He also regularly writes for Media Law Resource Center publications on Fair Use, Copyright Termination, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and other hot topics. He has lectured at the Practicing Law Institute and at legal and television industry conferences all over the world.