Angela Colt

Senior Associate

New York

Angela stands at the intersection of IP law and business. She blends her legal and financial background to frame compelling legal arguments in allegations of corporate IP theft and deceptive trade practices.

Angela’s multi-dimensional approach originates from her years as a broker and investment banker. During that time, she identified the ways in which business events affect consumer confidence and corporate earnings. Now as an IP litigator, she analyzes those variables in copyright, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, and consumer class actions.

She has handled high-profile disputes including:

  • Desktop Metal, Inc. in a trade secret trial against Markforged related to 3D printing technology in federal court in Massachusetts;
  • Christie’s, Inc. in securing the dismissal of a putative nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which declared the California Resale Royalties Act unconstitutional and preempted by the Copyright Act;
  • An international recording artist in obtaining a judgment in her favor on all counts and a dismissal with prejudice of all cross-claims in a dispute over the ownership of the rights to her music;
  • The National Football League in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a complaint alleging fraudulent use of the plaintiff’s identity;
  • Red Bull as a defendant in multiple putative class actions across the country challenging the nature and content of advertising statements regarding the benefits of Red Bull energy drinks;
  • Estée Lauder in obtaining dismissals of national and state consumer class actions relating to the marketing and packaging statements on cosmetic products; and
  • Hampton Creek in obtaining a dismissal of a nationwide consumer class action related to the marketing and packaging statements on Just Mayo products.

In addition to helping her corporate clients, Angela also devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She offers advice to the ACLU of Northern California, has drafted and argued an appeal in the Appellate Division (2d Dep’t) in a child abuse matter; and has taken and defended depositions for the City through the New York City Law Department’s Public Service Program.