Bruce E. Colfin was admitted to practice law in 1982, the same year as THE FIRM ® was founded. He joined THE FIRM ® in 1985 which began a 25 year run as Jacobson & Colfin, PC., representing people and companies in all entertainment related, creative, artistic, and intellectual property related matters.
In 2010 the founding members went their own ways, with Professor Bruce Colfin and BRUCE COLFIN LAW, PC., continuing on as THE FIRM ®.
“For 33 years I have provided services to people and companies in the creative and visual arts, including music, video, film, multimedia, the internet, theater, comics, toys, trademarks of all types, and international licensing. I am often called upon to analyze, consult, draft contracts and agreements or other documents, and negotiate or litigate. I am general counsel for a number of clients, including Dark Star Orchestra, Bernard Purdie, and The Urban Rebounder”.
THE FIRM ® provides trademark services and copyright services for all sorts of businesses from entertainment related businesses and individuals through commercial products of many kinds including jewelry and clothing designers, soft drink bottling, pottery manufacturers, stores, spas, games, professional services and assorted gizmos and gadgets. I have an avid interest in hockey, boxing, merchandising and sponsorship.”
Practicing law, writing and lecturing extensively on the subjects of entertainment business law, copyrights, trademarks, multimedia, the internet, and video law, Bruce continues as Adjunct Associate Professor at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY., where, since 1999, he has taught Music Business Contracts as well as Music Publishing and Copyright.
Through the years, THE FIRM ® has been trademark counsel for a diverse group of businesses which has included North Shore Bottling’s Tropical Fantasy; Iberia Foods products, Yellow Rat Bastard and YRB clothes, The Buffalo Chip Campgrounds and LeVian jewelry. We’ve represented Trump World, Poker Life, Good Times, YRB, and Queensparent Magazines, as well as Vicious Cycles, (bike parts), Angelo David Spas, Spa Holistica, and Passion Bait-lingerie, Lodza fashions and Higher Hustle. In the entertainment business: Norton Records, Platinum Reggae artists Inner Circle (“Bad Boys”), national touring jam bands Dark Star Orchestra, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Zen Tricksters, Nemesis, Trendsettaz, and the video game POSTAL.
THE FIRM ® music business clients have included The All Good Festival, recording artists P.M. Dawn, India and Toni Braxton, Grammy Winning Reggae Producers/Artists Sly and Robbie (“No Doubt’s Rock Steady”) Grammy Nominated Producers “Little Louie” Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez of Masters At Work; Platinum Reggae artist Inner Circle (“Bad Boys”) and Reggae superstars Shabba Ranks, Freddie McGregor, Israel Vibration, Gregory Isaacs, Niney The Observer, and Andrew Tosh; former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor; Jefferson Airplane/Starship’s Marty Balin; Carlos Alomar; (David Bowie’s guitarist), Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes); INDIE labels R.O.I.R.; MAW, Norton, Small Wonders and VP Records; Aretha Franklin’s drummer Bernard Purdie; Len Dell’Amico (award winning video producer/director for The Grateful Dead); songwriter Richard Poindexter (“Thin Line Between Love & Hate”); comedian Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling; concert production coordinator “Mo” Morrison; (Rolling Stones HBO Special, WOODSTOCK II, Woodstock 1999); Fernanda Tavares; covergirl for Cosmopolitan, Elle and Vogue Paris.
THE FIRM ®‘s significant reputation in the entertainment industry was built upon its ability to solve problems and represent clients’ interests in the most reasonable, cost-effective manner possible. Bruce Colfin Law, P.C., is a practice that provides personal services to its clients.