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Jeff Prystowsky to join New England Chapter as co-chair

The Copyright Society is pleased to announce long-time member, Jeffrey Prystowsky, will be joining the New England Chapter as co-chair. Jeff has been involved with the Society since his days at Roger Williams University School of Law as a student.

While in law school, Jeff was president of the Intellectual Property Law Association. He organized and moderated five programs on cutting-edge IP law—“Copyright and Racial Justice,” “Cultural Misappropriation,” “Real World IP,” “Hip Hop and the Law,” and “Art Law: Warhol v. Goldsmith”— several of which were sponsored by the Society. 

Before law school, Jeff co-founded the band The Low Anthem, released five albums, opened for Bruce Springsteen, toured with The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Lucinda Williams, and The Chieftains, and appeared on national and international TV shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman and Later with Jools Holland. The Low Anthem’s songs were featured on TV shows such as Friday Night Lights, CSI, and Sneaky Pete, and on the film soundtrack for The Hunger Games. Jeff’s song, “To Ohio,” was NPR Song of the Day and covered by Emmylou Harris.

When asked about his transition from music to law, Jeff says, “When my first child was born, I had to rethink my lifestyle. After consulting the band’s lawyer, Elliot Groffman, Idecided to reinvent myself as an intellectual property attorney.” 

Now, Jeff is an intellectual property litigator at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Boston, MA, advising a broad range of clients on copyright, trademark, generative artificial intelligence (AI), false advertising, patent, software, and trade secrets disputes. Jeff represents clients across a wide variety of sectors, including music, arts, entertainment, sports, technology, life sciences, retail, and transportation. Jeff also maintains an active pro bono practice, regularly representing survivors of domestic violence in trial and appellate proceedings against their abusers.

Jeff was valedictorian of Roger Williams University School of Law and lives in Providence, RI with his wife and two (soon-to-be three) children. He earned his BA in music and history from Brown University.