Marc Ackerman has been a strategic advisor for executives and c-suite professionals throughout his more than 25-year legal career. Marc has a deep understanding of the in-house legal function, having built and led the legal, risk and compliance function at a high growth, multinational corporation, and provided practical, business-focused legal advice as part of the company’s senior management team. He is also a seasoned law firm practitioner, having served as outside counsel to some of the most high-profile organizations in the sports, media, technology and consumer products industries. This advice included a wide range of issues important to overall corporate strategy, with a particular focus on IP issues.
In his most recent role as General Counsel and Senior VP of Legal and Business Affairs at Tough Mudder Incorporated, Marc navigated the myriad legal, regulatory, compliance and business risks facing a disruptive, growth-stage company. Prior to this role, Marc spent 20 years in major global law firms as counsel to leading sports and media organizations like the National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, ESPN, Time Warner and more.
International Trademark Association — Pro Bono Committee; Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition
New York City Bar Association — Sports Law Committee, Past Chair; Committee on Judicial and Professional Ethics, Past Secretary
Trademark licensing counsel to Fanatics Licensing Management, negotiating exclusive license agreements for college sports apparel and merchandise on behalf of University of Wisconsin, Notre Dame and University of Kentucky.
Representation of HigherDOSE, a growth stage wellness product and services company, as outside general counsel. We advise the company on corporate entity structure; equity incentives; intellectual property protection; data privacy, including CCPA and GDPR compliance; FDA compliance; commercial contracts; waivers; product safety and advertising matters.
Representation of Tyba, an early stage technology company providing a platform for renewable energy companies and investors, as outside general counsel. We advise the company on a wide range of matters, including technology agreements, entity structure, capital raising, equity incentives and shareholding.
Representation of Lucid Navigation d/b/a Crush, an early stage coaching platform, as outside general counsel. We advise the company on matters related to company formation and structure and intellectual property protection.
Representation of a published author and her production company, including negotiating book and film rights, formation of the production company, and intellectual property protection.
Representation of Anckor Fitness, a unique well industry company, providing overall legal and business strategy and advice.
Representation of Beat the Bomb, a growth stage immersive gaming company, on fund-raising; intellectual property protection, including patent prosecution and patent counseling; and overall legal and business strategy.
Representation of ClassTag, a disruptive educational technology company, on advertising issues.
Representation of Blueprint Title, an early stage title insurance company.
Advise H-V Vision, an agricultural technology company, on intellectual property issues and technology agreements.
Legal 500 USA — Mentioned Individual, Intellectual Property (Copyright) (2011)
Legal 500 USA — Leading Individual, Media and Entertainment (Sports) (2007-2010)
Thurgood Marshall Award (1998)
NYU Journal of International Law & Politics — Article and Note Editor