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Advertising is essential for your business. It is also one of the largest sources of risk you face. Everyone is watching: consumers, competitors, regulators, and class action lawyers. Take too conservative a path and nobody will pay attention to your ads. Step over the line, and you may attract unwanted attention that could embroil your company in a costly investigation or litigation – not to mention possible reputational damage. The most successful businesses chart a path of maximum impact, investing in advertising claims that truly differentiate them, while successfully managing legal risk.

Whether your company’s goal is to manage and protect its brands and IP rights or to successfully resolve an FTC investigation, litigation, or NAD challenge (or avoid a dispute altogether), our attorneys can help. Prominent brands turn to our team to resolve their most challenging disputes, advise them on regulatory risks, and to help structure significant advertising matters and transactions.

"The group consistently provides thoughtful and practical legal guidance." Chambers USA, 2020 – Advertising Litigation

Clients rely on us to apply our industry know-how and proven experience to their advertising campaigns, brand content production, and media investments. We advise our clients at every stage of the advertising production and distribution life cycle, including campaign ideation, talent negotiation, including SAG/AFTRA, content clearance and licensing, and media strategy and placement. We understand the cutting-edge issues facing marketers today, including native advertising, real-time marketing, programmatic, sponsored, and co-produced content, use of consumer reviews, and testimonials and endorsements. We also negotiate sponsorship, promotion and naming rights deals with sports leagues and teams, sanctioning bodies, publishers, athletes, entertainment properties, music artists, and celebrities.

Armed with deep industry knowledge and a tested awareness of the need for practical advice, our driving goal every day is to add real value and help reduce risks where brands are investing their marketing and media dollars.


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"Litigation and Standards for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Claims," Food and Drug Law Institute Food Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference (September 28, 2022). Panelist: Christopher A. Cole.
"Monstrous Takeaways from Monster’s $175 Million Trademark Arbitration Victory," Advertising & State AG Alert (July 21, 2022). Contacts: Kent B. Goss, Kyle Pham
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"Does Elon Musk Have a Point? The Impact of Bots on Twitter Revenue.," Advertising & State AG Alert (June 9, 2022). Contact: Christopher A. Cole
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Chambers USA 2022 Ranks 70 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 37 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S. (June 1, 2022)
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"FTC Issues Long-Awaited Updates to the Endorsement Guides," Advertising & State AG Alert (May 25, 2022). Contacts: Roy Abernathy, Helen O. Ogunyanwo
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"Digital Markets Act: EU Institutions Agree on New Rules to Curb the Power Of “Big Tech” Platforms," Antitrust Law Alert (May 17, 2022). Contacts: Thomas De Meese, Karl Stas, Yaël Rager
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Crowell & Moring Gains Experienced Brand Protection Litigator Jason Stiehl in Chicago (April 21, 2022)
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With Arrival Of Loeb Litigator, Crowell Continues Chicago Buildout American Lawyer (April 21, 2022)
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American Forest & Paper Association General Counsels Coordinating Committee Fall Meeting 2021 (April 20, 2022). Speakers: Chris Cole and Preston Pugh.
"See You in the Metaverse: What Brands Need to Know," Intellectual Property Bullet Analyses (March 14, 2022). Contacts: Preetha Chakrabarti, Suzanne Trivette
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