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David A. Gurwin

David A. Gurwin

Adjunct Faculty

David A. Gurwin is an attorney and Shareholder with the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, resident in the Firm's Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and New York, New York offices.

Mr. Gurwin is an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College College of Information Systems and Public Policy where he teaches a course on Law & the Arts. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.

A professional jazz pianist himself (as both a recording artist and performing musician, including as leader of The David Gurwin Trio), he chairs the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Entertainment and Media Law Group. He also chairs the Firm's Technology Transactions Group and is a member of the Emerging Companies Group. Mr. Gurwin represents clients in a broad variety of industries, with a particular focus on Internet, computer and technology clients, as well as those involved in the entertainment industries.

In the technology arena, Mr. Gurwin represents and has represented clients in a broad variety of industries including Internet, e-commerce, software and information technology, biomedical, health care, advertising, consumer products, manufacturing, insurance and retail in connection with licensing and other business transactions involving the sale, acquisition, and commercial exploitation of software, biotech, and other technology assets.

In the entertainment industries, his clients include and have included video game developers, film producers, musicians, record companies, recording artists, record producers, concert promoters, songwriters, music publishers, advertising and interactive agencies, fine artists, authors, literary publishers, television personalities, broadcasters, webcasters, playwrights, video production companies, arts organizations, professional athletes and sports organizations. He also practices extensively in the areas of copyright, trademark and intellectual property law.

Mr. Gurwin received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University in 1982. He received his Juris Doctor degree, with Honors in Law, from The Ohio State University in 1985, where he served as Article Editor of The Ohio State Law Journal and was elected to The Order of the Coif.

He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and The International Technology Law Association. He is a Past-Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Arts and Law Section. He is also immediate past-Board President and a former member of the Board of School Directors of the Hampton Township School District, a past-Chairman and member of the Board of Trustees of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh, a member of the Board of Advisors of Carnegie Mellon University's Arts and Culture Observatory, a member of the Information Technology Network Advisory Board for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, and a member of the Board of Directors and Musical Director of Adat Shalom Congregation.

Mr. Gurwin is a co-author of Inside the Minds: The Legal Sides of Entertainment, Sports, & Media, Aspatore Books (2004). He is also the author of Information Technology Consulting and Professional Services Agreements: Line by Line, Aspatore Books (2005). He is a contributing author to Cross-Media Communications: An Introduction to the Art of Creating Integrated Media Experiences, ETC Press (2010).

He is a frequent lecturer and author on the subjects of Internet and computer law, entertainment law and intellectual property law.

David has been recognized in every issue of IAM Patent 1000, a listing of the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.” In its 2013 edition, IAM noted that commentators “applaud David Gurwin, whose commercial nous in the software and media spheres has helped to realize a slew of valuable deals.”

Licensing 250, another IAM publication that includes renowned practitioners around the world, also recognized David for his experience. “Leading the charge in the Pittsburgh office is technology transactions group chair David Gurwin. He combines legal, business and technical expertise and experience to advise on a full range of IP and technology commercialization deals. With a strong software and internet practice, he is a force to be reckoned with in these areas; however, his work also branches into other industries such as media and entertainment and life sciences.”

David's work has also earned him an AV® Preeminent certification from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest available mark for professional excellence.

David was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 and 2016 Best Lawyers in America® lists in the practices areas of Entertainment Law--Motion Pictures and Television and Entertainment Law--Music. He is the first and only Pittsburgh-based lawyer to be named under the category of Entertainment Law – Music and one of only two Pittsburgh-based lawyers ever named under the category of Entertainment Law—Motion Pictures and Television..

He is also the author of Gurwin’s Keyboard (, a blawg that addresses developments and trends at the intersection of technology, entertainment and media, and the law.

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