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David A. Gurwin

David A. Gurwin

Adjunct Faculty

David A. Gurwin is an Adjunct Professor in Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College where he teaches Introduction to Business Law For Arts Managers in the Master of Arts Management program. He also is a Guest Lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center; Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music; and Robert Morris University’s Film Department.

Mr. 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.

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, Media & Sports Law Group. He also chairs the Firm's Technology Transactions Group, the Copyright Practice 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, media and sports industries.

In the entertainment and sports industries, his clients include and have included video game developers, film producers, screenwriters, cartoonists, 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 professional sports teams and sports organizations. He also practices extensively in the areas of copyright, trademark and intellectual property law.

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.

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, Ohio and New York.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors, Vice President and the Musical Director of Adat Shalom Synagogue. He is the past-President and formerly a member of the Board of School Directors of the Hampton Township School District and a Past-Chair and member of the Board of Trustees of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh.

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 Other Professional Services Agreements: Line by Line, (Thomson West/Aspatore Books (2005). He is a contributing author of 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 and media law and intellectual property law. He is the author of the blawg, Gurwin’s Keyboard (, which focuses on the intersection of entertainment, media, technology and the law.

His six jazz albums are available on Bandcamp ( and frequently enjoy airplay on jazz stations in the US and abroad.

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