Stephanie Furgang Adwar
New York City: (212) 725-1818
West Nyack: (845) 353-1818
White Plains: (914) 428-5300
Stephanie Furgang Adwar is a founding partner of Furgang & Adwar, LLP. She brings over 25 years of experience in both transactional and litigation matters in entertainment, copyright, trademark, and unfair competition law. She represents a wide variety of clients in the entertainment field, including independent film productions, screenwriters, producers, actors, comedians, authors, performing artists, musicians, independent record labels, music publishing companies, and television production companies as well as obtaining, maintaining, and protecting the firm's clients' complex intellectual property rights, from licensing and other transactions through litigation.
Ms. Adwar began her career in entertainment at The Gersh Agency, NY, Inc., DeLaurentis Entertainment, and CBS/Fox Video in New York. She went on to produce music videos for Time Shift Video in New York. She has been quoted in the news media, including ABC-TV Network's Nightline, and in numerous publications as an expert in entertainment, copyright, and trademark law.
In 2012, she was appointed to the part-time position of Acting Village Justice of the Village of Suffern, New York, and served until 2015. She was the first female justice in the 218-year history of Suffern.
Ms. Adwar has remained deeply committed to improving knowledge of entertainment law among both attorneys and entertainment industry leaders. She has directed the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for the Cutting Edge Music Festival in New Orleans and judged both NYU's Mobil Awards for excellence in film production and Cardozo Law School's BMI Moot Court Competition. She lectures regularly at educational institutions like the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at Tisch School of Arts at New York University (NYU), The Learning Annex, and the 92nd Street Y, industry events like CMJ Music Marathon and Diversafest Music Festival, and before professional organizations like the American Bar Association and at the North American Entertainment, Sports, and Intellectual Property Law Summit.
Ms. Adwar serves as Communications Chair on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association's Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and has, in the past, served as its Membership Chair and Co-Sponsorship Chair. She is a member of the International Trademark Association, the New York State Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law Committee and Intellectual Property Law sections, and the Rockland County Bar Association. She also maintains active roles in entertainment professional organizations, including the prestigious New York Women in Film and Television, The Recording Academy, and the American Film Institute.
Ms. Adwar has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (the highest rating) and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
- Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD)
- New York University, Tisch School of Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television (BFA, Film and Television Production)
Bar & Court Admissions
- New York
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- US District Court for the Southern District of New York
- US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Appearance before the Federal District Court of California