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Domenic Romano

Founder & Managing Partner

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Admitted

  • New York State Bar (1993)
  • Ontario, Canada Bar (1996) ​
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Law School

Oxford University in England, B.A. (Jurisprudence, 1991)

Columbia University, LL.M. (International Business, 1992)

Dalhousie University, LL.B. (1994) ​

University

McGill University, M.A.; B.A. (History & Political Science, 1988)

 

Awards

Super Lawyers – 2015 – 2021

Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent

“I’m passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. I enjoy advising creative professionals on advancing their careers. Finding justice for people who have been wronged makes my day.” – Domenic Romano

Domenic is an experienced Corporate Lawyer and Entertainment Attorney.  His practice covers Business, Media and Sports Law.  He advises clients on Business Structuring, Business Divorce, Purchase & Sale of Businesses, Demand Letters, Litigation, Employment Disputes, Licensing, Esports, Film Finance and Complex Contract Negotiation.

You may have seen him on NBC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, HLN, Yahoo Finance, FOX Business News or on Bloomberg TV, as a legal commentator. Or you might have read stories in the New York Times, The Independent, TIME, Entertainment Weekly or Adweek, where Domenic has been quoted.

Before starting Romano Law in 2003, Domenic was a Corporate Lawyer at Jones Day, Hahn & Hessen LLP and Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP and in-house legal counsel at a biotech firm, Pasteur Merieux Connaught in Toronto (now Sanofi Pasteur).

Domenic is on the board of the New York chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), the world’s largest community of business owners, with a mission to empower, grow and learn. He is President-Elect and current Forum Chair.

He is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is also in the Business Law and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law sections of the New York State Bar Association. Domenic is the Founding Member of the Business Lawyers Group, the Managing Partners Group and the Entertainment Lawyers Group in New York City, each a diverse network of seasoned attorneys.

Domenic is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (TV Academy) and an Emmy voter. He enjoys participating in TV academy events during this “platinum age of television”. He’s convinced that The Wire, The Sopranos and Breaking Bad are three of the best series ever made.

Domenic’s parents were both born in Italy. He is tri-lingual (English, Italian and French). He has completed 8 marathons (including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Vermont and Rome) and over 30 half-marathons. Domenic is a history buff who regularly enjoys a good laugh, but he takes his pizza seriously.

Blog Entries

  • Show Me the Money, but Just Don’t Ask Me About It…

    “So, what were you making in your last position?”  For many, that’s one of the most dreaded questions asked during a job interview or on an application.  While your future employer may want to know all those details, it may seem unfair that your next salary could be determined by what you were making in

  • What’s an Option Agreement?

    You’ve written a screenplay and it’s garnered some interest. You’ve read a script; you think it’s the next Big Box Office smash and you want to produce it.  What’s the next step? Typically, your next step is to consider something called an Option Agreement. An Option Agreement is simply a contract between the original owner

  • Rebel without a cause (of action)? James Dean Twitter feed a point of contention

    Even 60 years after his death, iconic movie star James Dean remains a celebrated public presence.  Now, a lawsuit brought by Dean’s estate against microblogging multinational Twitter has brought Dean’s claim to fame back into the spotlight.  CMG Worldwide is the Indiana-based company managing James Dean’s estate and commanding $3 to 5 million annually in

  • The foibles of fame: How celebrity status can limit recovery for defamation

    On February 5, 2014, acclaimed screenwriter David Bar Katz sued the National Enquirer for $50 million.  The tabloid claimed Katz, who discovered the body of close friend and recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman in the actor’s Manhattan apartment, told reporters in an exclusive interview that he had a sexual relationship with Hoffman and had witnessed

  • New California LLC law underscores the importance of accuracy

    This year marked the beginning of a new era for the California LLC Law (limited liability company).  On January 1, 2014, the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“RULLCA”) was enacted to “recast provisions governing the formation and operation of limited liability companies.”  RULLCA repealed the Beverly-Killea Limited Liability Company Act, which had determined California

  • Governor Cuomo’s START-UP NY is taking care of (some) business

    On January 1, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched START-UP NY.  Using tax-free communities, START-UP NY is an initiative to attract new start-ups and high-tech businesses to New York.  As a reward for bringing new jobs to the state, this program promises to allow businesses to operate “100% tax-free” for a 10-year period:  “No

  • This one’s going into extra innings: A-Rod files lawsuit against MLB

    It looks like Alex Rodriguez will be warming the bench this coming April.  Major League Baseball arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s January 11th decision suspends A-Rod for the 2014 season.  However, it seems like Rodriguez is not going down without a fight.  He filed a lawsuit against the MLB on Monday. Rodriguez was initially hit with an

  • Copyright Pirates Shipwrecked: Supreme Court of Canada to the Creator’s Rescue

    In his classic 18th-century novel Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe warns of “the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost.”  Nearly three centuries later, following the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Cinar Corp. v. Robinson, Defoe’s words are ringing true—especially for a number of television companies and professionals involved in a

  • GoldieBlox backs down: Beastie Boys lawsuit too hot?

    When toymaker GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys began butting heads over a parody video of the song “Girls,” it seemed like the California company was ready to fight for its right to parody.  GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit against the hip-hop group as a strategic move to protect itself from allegations of copyright infringement. However,

  • Beastie Boys (. . . and GIRLS!): who’s suing whom?

    The Beastie Boys turned heads in 1986 with the “absurdist rhymes” in their Def Jam debut: Licensed to Ill.  In the track “Girls,” Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz spins a tale of lost love, longing for a female companion to clean up his bedroom and bathroom and do his dishes and laundry. GoldieBlox, which specializes in engineering

  • 5 things to consider when buying a business

    Buying an existing business is a big step for anyone.  Before you sign on the dotted line, keep these 5 important points in mind: 1. Do Your Due Diligence Make sure to do your research.  Roll up your sleeves and do your due diligence.  Conduct a thorough investigation to minimize your risk of a bad

  • Read It and Weep, Copyright Holders: Google Books Lawsuit Dismissed on Grounds of Fair Use

    On November 14, 2013, a federal judge in New York City dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Google. The court found that the Internet giant’s popular, Google Books program has not infringed upon the copyrights of book publishers and authors. Since its launch in 2004, Google Books has digitally reproduced millions of copyrighted books, made digital

  • Did You Miss The Memo?

    Senators Request More Streamlined and Straightforward SEC Rules The JOBS Act has led the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to implement rules that remove the ban on general solicitation under Rule 506 of Regulation D. However, in September 2013, Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, voiced their concerns in a

  • How to buy an existing domain name

    A customized website domain name can (a) assist in marketing efforts, (b) help develop brand identity and (c) provide fast and easy access to prospective customers.  But what if the domain name you want is already taken? You may be weighing the costs of buying that perfect Web domain for your small or medium-sized business

  • NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act: Is your small business ready?

    On March 20, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed amendments to New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act into law.  The new regulations took effect on April 1, 2014.  The revised law impacts half a million more employees than the initial legislation passed back in June 2013. City workers and lawmakers see the Act as

  • In New York, even marriage is a contract. Who keeps the engagement ring?

    On March 31, 2014, in Buffalo, New York State Supreme Court Justice, Russell P. Buscaglia ruled that Christa Mary Clark could keep her engagement ring after her fiancé Louis J. Billittier, Jr. called off the wedding via text message. The court held that the ring was a gift based on a pair of break-up texts:

  • Bitcoin for small businesses: Congress takes note

    This Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled “Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business.”  On Monday, two days before these lawmakers and their distinguished panel of experts convened in Washington, D.C., we explored the same topic here at Romano Law. As in

  • Should your small business accept Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin has been making national headlines.  Supporters of the trending peer-to-peer cryptocurrency continue to sing praises of its benefits, while critics have highlighted a number of problems that have plagued the Bitcoin movement. Since its inception in 2009, businesses have been on the fence about whether to accept Bitcoin as payment for their goods or

  • The film subsidy rat race

    Visual effects (“VFX”) artists are speaking out against film subsidies.  On the day of the 2014 Academy Awards, the VFX community rallied in Hollywood to voice their concerns over the negative impact they say film subsides are having on the industry. These individuals are forming a trade group called the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals

  • Frank Ocean checks out of lawsuit with Chipotle

    Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean in Los Angeles.  The R&B singer-songwriter backed out of his contract to record a cover of the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory classic “Pure Imagination” for the fast casual restaurant chain’s advertising campaign. Ocean contends that he had a right to walk away and keep the cash, but the

  • The FCC tackles the NFL blackout policy

    The NFL may have to revise its blackout policy for the televised broadcasting of games, which is now officially under attack by the FCC. Under the NFL’s current policy, games that haven’t sold between 85% and 100% of their tickets within 72 hours of kickoff won’t be televised in the local market.  The FCC, however,

  • POTUS’s war against patent trolls could save your small business

    The White House has announced three new executive orders in its ongoing effort to shore up the U.S. patent system.  “Patent trolls”—also known as patent assertion entities (“PAEs”) or non-practicing entities (“NPEs”)—are giving inventors and business owners headaches. President Barack Obama, hoping for help from Congress and the courts, wants to improve the patent system

  • Net Neutrality: What Next?

    One month after the Washington, D.C. federal appeals court struck down FCC net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that the Commission will not appeal the decision. Following the Verizon v. FCC ruling, companies are feeling the immediate impact of Internet providers restricting the flow of their online information.  While the FCC gears

  • The Comcast / Time Warner deal – Why should we care?

    Just last week, Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable.  Upon completion of the $45 billion takeover, Comcast would control roughly 30% of American cable subscribers, making it the dominant television and Internet services provider in the U.S. The merger’s supporters and opponents are already arguing over whether the deal will be good

  • Unnecessary roughness: Will leagues and lawmakers crack down on bullying and hazing in sports?

    In the wake of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the NFL commissioned the Paul, Weiss law firm to do an independent investigation and report on the allegations of misconduct.  Released on February 14, 2014, the report is a call to action for the League to monitor and control abusive workplace conduct. The report notes: “the

  • An Olympic-sized brand: Can The North Face overcome allegations of trademark infringement?

    Although Ralph Lauren’s U.S. Olympic Team sweaters might be on the medal stand for ugliest of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, they probably won’t be the most litigious apparel of the Games.  On February 4, 2014, the Canadian Olympic Committee (“COC”) filed a lawsuit in British Columbia against the parent of popular outdoor company The

  • Hey, that’s my domain!

    Business is diverted from successful websites every day.  Anyone can register a name, or any variation of an existing name, for a small fee.  There are few checks and balances with registration of a domain name, so anyone can register and even domains obviously similar to yours may be approved without question.  Registration doesn’t require

  • Is Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven taking a detour to Litigation Purgatory?

    It doesn’t matter when you were born or what kind of music you usually listen to:  chances are you’ve heard Led Zeppelin’s classic, Stairway to Heaven.  The song has earned over half a billion in sales and helped Led Zeppelin IV become one of the highest selling albums of all time. With such a long

  • Yelp, small businesses and the law of online reviews

    More and more consumers are turning to the Internet before making purchasing decisions.  The more than 50 million customer reviews on Yelp bring 120 million visitors to the website each month.  At the same time, online business review sites have found themselves embroiled in increasing legal controversy. In January, a Virginia court held that businesses

  • But What Are You REALLY Buying? – Asset Purchase v. Stock Sale

    There are many things to consider when buying a business.  Typically, someone makes an offer to buy (or sell) an existing enterprise and the other side accepts.  This seems simple enough, right?  Not exactly.

  • New Regulations in Equity Crowdfunding: What You Need to Know

    By now, most of us have heard of crowdfunding.  Maybe a friend started a GoFundMe to help with the cost of a trip or a neighbor started a Kickstarter campaign to assist with marketing a new product or business.  However, fewer people are familiar with equity crowdfunding.  This new type of crowdfunding allows individuals to

  • Happy Birthday to You – Now It’s a Gift

    Have you ever wondered why some restaurants come up with their own songs to celebrate a customer’s birthday?  Although it is one of the most popular songs and we sing it to friends and family often, “Happy Birthday to You” is rarely sung in restaurants or in the media. One of the biggest reasons is

  • Can Writing on a Check Create a New Contract?

    Have you ever wondered what to write on the “memo” line of your check?  That space can be a very useful tool.  For example, you hire a web developer to design a website for your business for $3,000.  They perform the service, but the quality of the site does not live up to your expectations,

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