White & Case partner Stefan Mentzer (New York) has been named a recipient of a 2015 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from The Burton Awards. In its 16th year, The Burton Awards recognize the finest in legal writing. White & Case has won a Burton Award every year since 2001, the only firm to be recognized consistently for the past 14 years.
Mentzer wrote the article "9th Circuit Made 3 Errors In 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling," which appeared in Law360 on March 19, 2014. The article discusses the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Garcia v. Google on the controversial "Innocence of Muslims" film. The court’s ruling established a precedent allowing any person who participates in the creation of a work—an actor or extra in a movie, a background singer or musician in a band, a model in a photo shoot—to claim an independent copyright interest. The article analyzes the flaws in the court’s reasoning and what lies ahead in the case. To read the entire article, please click here.
A partner in White & Case's Competition section, Mentzer litigates complex civil matters and focuses on copyright, trademark, and intellectual property disputes and advising clients on strategies for managing intellectual property-related risks. He has practiced in federal and state courts and in proceedings before the United States Copyright Office and Patent and Trademark Office and has extensive experience in bench and jury trials, appeals, and counseling clients on a variety of intellectual property issues.
The Burton Awards is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. Nominations are submitted by law firms and include exemplary articles that have been published by their lawyers during the past year. Out of the 1,000 largest law firms in the United States, only 35 winners are selected each year.