Maura J. Wogan is a partner of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of sophisticated intellectual property law, including litigation, counseling, and pre-publication review of content in all media.
Ms. Wogan focuses on litigation of copyright, trademark, right of publicity, defamation and entertainment matters. Her clients include media companies (both traditional and online publishers), filmmakers, television producers, advertising agencies, writers, illustrators, literary agents and book packagers. She also drafts and negotiates agreements for publishing clients. She is admitted to practice in New York.
Ms. Wogan has litigated many high-profile intellectual property and entertainment cases nationwide. Representative matters include:
- Current representation of Hasbro, Inc. in copyright, trademark and breach of contract claims related to motion picture rights in the Dungeons & Dragons property;
- Represented filmmaker Terrence Malick in litigation over documentary film rights;
- Represented documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger in the assertion of his journalist’s privilege in response to Chevron Corporation's efforts to obtain more than 600 hours of unused film footage from the documentary film Crude;
- Defended author and publisher of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye in copyright infringement claim brought by J.D. Salinger;
- Represented the Margaret Mitchell Estate in precedential copyright case against author and publisher of The Wind Done Gone, a claimed parody of Gone With the Wind;
- Represented Tribune Company in a lawsuit against actor Warren Beatty over film rights to the Dick Tracy character;
- Defended Tribune Entertainment Company, defeating an attempt by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation to block the broadcast of the Tribune syndicated television series Mutant X;
- Represented the heirs of Igor Stravinsky in a copyright infringement claim arising from an unauthorized biography of the composer;
- Represented John Cheever Estate in a copyright infringement and contract case arising from the unauthorized publication of Mr. Cheever’s stories; and
- Defended Penguin Books in a copyright infringement case involving Stephen King’s bestseller Desperation.
awards & recognition
"Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property for eleven consecutive years
Top ranked in Chambers USA for her work in media and entertainment law
Variety's Legal Impact Report 2015
The Legal 500
Irish Legal 100
St. John's University (BA, summa cum laude, 1976)
Columbia University School of Law (JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1979)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Past Speaking Engagements
Copyright Ownership of Film, Video and Other Content
Maura Wogan presents "Copyright Ownership of Film, Video and Other Content" for the New York City Bar.
May 17 2017
A Piece of the Action: How Two Copyright Cases Changed the Filmmaking Business (LA OFFICE)
Who owns the copyright in a motion picture, television, theatrical or digital video project?
November 15 2016
Navigating Your Company Through a World of Big Copyright Damages: An Insider’s Look
Edward Rosenthal, Maura Wogan and Jeremy Goldman lead a CLE discussion on some of the key laws, cases and trends involving copyright remedies. Their presentation provides an insiders' view of the risk-mitigation tactics, legal strategies and practical approaches that they have used to help their clients navigate through difficult copyright claims.
May 15 2015
New York Women in Film and Television Panel Discussion
Maura Wogan speaks on a reporters' privilege and documentary film production at a NYWIFT panel discussion. Frankfurt Kurnit hosts the event.
June 11 2013
PLI’s Advanced Seminar on Copyright Law 2011
Maura Wogan presents a "Fair Use Update" at the Practicing Law Institute's Seminar on Copyright Law of 2011.
May 3 2011
Copyright Society of the USA
February 9 2011
Three Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Participate in the MLRC/NAA 2010 Media Law Conference
Three Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys participate in the MLRC/NAA 2010 Media Law Conference in Virginia. Maura Wogan moderates a panel discussion on issues arising from the Colting v. Salinger litigation. Ronald Minkoff presents "Ethics in the Electronic Era". And Rick Kurnit presents on "Privacy, Publicity, and Use and Protection of Data".
September 29 2010
news & press
Hasbro Says DC Comics Infringes ‘Transformers’ Toy Mark
Law360 mentioned Maura J. Wogan, Donna A. Tobin and Catherine M.C. Farrelly as the lawyers for Hasbro Inc. in a high-profile toy industry IP dispute in New York federal court. The article discusses Hasbro Inc.’s allegation that DC Comics copied the name of its yellow “Bumblebee” character from Hasbro’s famous Transformers character. (Article behind a paywall)
Frankfurt Kurnit in The Legal 500 2017
The Legal 500, a London-based directory of leading lawyers, listed Frankfurt Kurnit for Media, Technology & Telecom work (Marketing and Advertising) in Tier 1 in its 2017 edition
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2017
For the thirteenth consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit. Chambers USA ranked us for our: Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright, Media & Entertainment: Entertainment Litigation, and Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater work.
Irish Legal 100
The Irish Legal 100 has named Maura Wogan to their Legal 100 list for 2016.
Thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2016
Super Lawyers listed thirty-nine Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2016 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit in The Legal 500 2016
The Legal 500, a London-based directory of leading lawyers, listed Frankfurt Kurnit for Media, Technology & Telecom work (Marketing and Advertising) in Tier 1 and Intellectual Property work (Copyright) in its 2016 edition.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2016
For the twelfth consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit. Chambers USA ranked us for our: Advertising: Transactional & Regulatory, Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright, Media & Entertainment: Entertainment Litigation, and Media & Entertainment: Film, Music, Television & Theater work.
Hasbro Says Fox Anchor Doesn’t Look Like A Hamster
Thirty-seven Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2015
Super Lawyers listed thirty-eight Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2015 edition.
Legal Battle Over Dungeons & Dragons Film Rights Ends in Settlement
A settlement has been reached in the "Dungeons and Dragons" film dispute between Hasbro, Warner Brothers, and Sweetpea Entertainment. Frankfurt Kurnit's Maura Wogan, Jeremy Goldman and Andrew Ungberg respresented Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast. You can find Variety coverage here, Hollywood Reporter coverage here, Guardian coverage here, Deadline coverage here, and Courthouse News coverage here.
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2015
For the eleventh consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit.
Variety Legal Impact Report 2015
Thirty-four Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2014
Super Lawyers listed thirty-five Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2014 edition.
Wogan, Goldman and Ungberg Represent Hasbro in Trial Over Dungeons & Dragons Film Rights
After ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Trial, Parties Fight Over Meaning of Movie Sequel
The Hollywood Reporter continues its coverage of the Hasbro Inc. v. Sweetpea Entertainment trial – the battle over film rights to the Dungeons & Dragons property. Maura Wogan, Jeremy Goldman and Andrew Ungberg represent Hasbro.
Hasbro Trial Over ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Property Opens
Law360 and Deadline Hollywood covered the start of the trial between our client Hasbro and Sweetpea Entertainment over the movie rights to "Dungeons & Dragons". Maura Wogan and Jeremy Goldman represent Hasbro and lead our trial team in California.
‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Fight” “Son of a Bitch” Sequel Spat Heads to Trial
Frankfurt Kurnit in Chambers 2014
For the tenth consecutive year Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Frankfurt Kurnit.
Thirty-two Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” for 2013
Update: Terrence Malick’s Sycamore Pictures Sued By ‘Voyage Of Time’ Docu Backer
Hasbro Sues to Stop Warner Bros. ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Film
Hollywood Reporter identified Maura Wogan as lead counsel for Hasbro in a case of unauthorized production of a film based on Dungeons & Dragons, the copyrights and trademarks of which are owned by Hasbro Inc..
Nine Frankfurt Kurnit Women Honored As “Super Lawyers”
Nine Frankfurt Kurnit women appeared in The New York Times Magazine’s women "Super Lawyers" list for 2012. The list appeared on December 30th in a special section devoted to women attorneys in the New York metropolitan area.
Eighteen Frankfurt Kurnit Attorneys Named 2011 New York-Area “Super Lawyers”
Super Lawyers named eighteen Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys in its 2011 edition.
Maura Wogan Featured in a Bloomberg Law Podcast
Bloomberg Law featured Maura Wogan in a podcast about recent developments in Chevron Corp.'s attempts to subpoena 600 hours of unused footage from our client Joe Berlinger's documentary film, Crude.
‘Saddle Club’ Producer Sues Discovery
The Daily Record recognized Maura Wogan was mentioned as counsel to Canadian production company, Protocol, in "'Saddle Club' Producer Sues Discovery."