Ethan Krasnoo is a Partner at the firm. He practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution, and employment, intellectual property, and entertainment and media. In addition to representing individual clients, he has represented publicly traded and privately held companies, including prominent fashion conglomerates, music publishers, performing arts organizations, insurance companies, hedge funds, asset managers, pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit organizations, law firms and consumer goods companies. His areas of litigation and other dispute resolution have included breach of contract, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, insurance and securities fraud, antitrust, personal injury, First Amendment, malpractice, False Claims Act and other whistleblowing laws, trade secret, false advertising, trademark infringement and dilution, copyright infringement and rate-setting and royalty disputes. He has also advised entertainment and media professionals and non-profits on transactional and employment matters, including negotiations and terminations, and in protecting and expanding their intellectual property assets, and has advised clients across a spectrum of industries on data security.
With the initiation of new 2019 legal requirements for sexual harassment prevention training, Mr. Krasnoo also counsels and trains company management and employees on sexual harassment prevention designed to fulfill the 2019 requirements under the laws of New York State, New York City, Connecticut and California.
Prior to joining RPJ, Mr. Krasnoo was an Associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He also served as Judicial Intern for The Honorable Rosemary M. Collyer of the United States District Court, District of Columbia. Before working in law, he acted professionally Off-Broadway, in theaters across the country and in film and television. He is now the author of a new blog about the intersection of theater and the law called The Law Ally of Broadway.
Mr. Krasnoo has repeatedly been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the New York Metro area and is admitted to practice in New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and United States Tax Court.
Mr. Krasnoo received his B.A. from Tufts University (magna cum laude, 1997) and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center (2007), where he served as Annual Review Section Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and as Co-President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
Service & Honors
Mr. Krasnoo has provided pro bono counsel to LGBT asylum seekers, prisoners and struggling artists and has volunteered with The Trevor Project. In 2010, the leading national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, Immigration Equality, awarded him the Safe Haven Award for his pro bono work in that space. Mr. Krasnoo previously served on the New York City Bar Association Entertainment Law Committee, and has repeatedly been selected as a Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Star. He was previously a member of the Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a frequent speaker on trademark and copyright matters.
Reported Judicial Decisions
- Barrish v. Chiesa, 182 A.D.3d 496, 120 N.Y.S.3d 781 (N.Y. App. Div..,2020)
- Crawford v. ExlService.com, LLC, 2019 WL 6284228 (S.D.N.Y. 2019)
- Crawford v. ExlService.com, LLC, 2019 WL 5887214 (S.D.N.Y. 2019)
- Assured Guar. Mun. Corp. v. DB Structured Products, Inc., 111 A.D.3d 478, 974 N.Y.S.2d 455 (N.Y. App. Div., 2013)
- Centerline Holdings Co. Securities Litigation, 613 F.Supp.2d 394, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 95,043 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)
- Centerline Holdings Co. Securities Litigation, 678 F.Supp.2d 150, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. P 95,309 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)
Selected Engagements & Publications
Mr. Krasnoo frequently speaks and writes on employment, entertainment and intellectual property matters. He is also the author of a new blog about the intersection of theater and the law, The Law Ally of Broadway.
Selected Articles & Publications
- “Covid-19 Regulations: Where We Are and Where We Are Headed” RPJ Guide – December 14, 2020
- “Can You Sue Someone Who Claims That You Have or Gave Them Covid-19?” Medium – July 13, 2020
- “Sorting Out Defamation and Covid-19 Transmission Accusations,” Bloomberg Law – June 23, 2020
- “Textualization Unites Conservative and Liberal Justices to Vindicate LGBTQ Workplace Rights,” RPJ, with Associate Elizabeth Stork – June 16, 2020
- “Force Majeure and Insurance Provisions for Business Losses Sustained by COVID-19,” RPJ, with RPJ Partner Mark H. Moore – April 3, 2020
- “Who Pays for the Broadway Shutdown?” Law360 – March 23, 2020
- “New Employment Laws to Note: NY Salary History Ban and CA Revised Independent Contractor Test,” RPJ – February 6, 2020
- “Romantic Relationships Between Coworkers — Off-Limits or OK?,” RPJ – November 5, 2019
- “December 2018 New York Entertainment and Media Legal Highlights Concerning Reposting Instagram Photographs, Reselling of MP3s, and Defamation Claims Based on Movie Characters,” RPJ – December 28, 2018
- “Defamation Continues to Take Center Stage in the #MeToo Narrative,” RPJ – October 23, 2018
- “Exploring the Role of Defamation in the #MeToo Narrative,” RPJ – September 21, 2018
- “The Supreme Court’s Ruling Pitting Gay Rights Against Religious Freedom,” RPJ – June 5, 2018
- “Blurred Lines: Is Copying a Song’s Musical Style Enough to Warrant Copyright Infringement?” RPJ – April 4, 2018
- “New Pro Bono Sexual Harassment Mediation Program for Artists,” RPJ – January 22, 2018
- Named New York Metro Super Lawyers 2017 Rising Star, Super Lawyers, New York Metro 2017 Edition – October 2017
- “Thoughts on New California Law to Prevent Age Discrimination in Casting Actors,” RPJ – November 7, 2016
- “Insights on Massachusetts Landmark Equal Pay Legislation,” RPJ – August 24, 2016
- “Will the Ninth Circuit’s Salsoul Copyright Ruling Bring Music Sampling in Vogue?” LinkedIn Article – June 17, 2016
Blog Posts – The Law Ally of Broadway
- “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This: COVID-19 Regulations and Relief Now and To Come for Arts and Entertainment” – December 18, 2020
- “Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!: Five Broadway Theaters Seeking Insurance Coverage Due to COVID-19 Losses” – December 3, 2020
- “UPDATE: Actors’ Unions to Each Other: Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat”– November 30, 2020
- “No More: Off-Broadway Theaters Bring Litigation to Obtain the Same New York Reopening Rights Granted to Restaurants and Bowling Alleys” – November 11, 2020
- “Actors’ Unions to Each Other: Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat” – October 30, 2020
- “The Parks Are Alive With the Sound of Music” – October 5, 2020
- “Waving Through a Window: Precautions for Live Theater During the Pandemic” – August 31, 2020
- “Out of Town Tryouts: What Theater Reopening Looks Like in Europe” – August 7, 2020
- “The Great White Way” – July 2, 2020
- “Another Op’nin, Another Show: What Will It Take for Broadway to Reopen?” – June 30, 2020
- “The Overture” – June 28, 2020
Noted Speaking Engagements
- “#MeToo Year Two in the Entertainment Industry,” Lecturer, New York City Bar Association Entertainment Committee – March 12, 2019