14 Feb 2022

Entertainment, sports and luxury law community mourns loss of international IP 'pioneer' Diana Muller

Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman counsel counted Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Pele among her former clients

Diana Muller Image courtesy of GRR

New York law firm Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman is mourning the loss of veteran counsel Diana Muller.

In a statement announcing her passing on 9 February in Miami, Florida, the firm described her as ‘a recognised expert in international trademarks and copyrights, representing top brands like LVMH, Perrier, and Longchamp'.

'She was a loved mother, friend and colleague. We will miss her,’ the firm said.

An Argentine native, Muller joined Gottlieb Rackman in 1997 having earlier graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and the University of San Francisco, where she earned a degree in international law and legal studies.

In addition to her work with trademark and copyright law, Gottlieb Rackman described Muller as a ‘pioneer in athlete naming rights’ and ‘a driving force behind the creation of programs, in the US and internationally, for the protection of the names of famous sports figures and entertainers'. Among those she represented were Michael Jordan, Irvin ‘Magic’ Johnson and Pele.

Jerry Neuburger, partner principal at Worldwide Marketing & Merchandise, wrote on LinkedIn: 'Diana was a brilliant, accomplished and respected international attorney.' He added: 'It was a privilege to know her for over 40 years. An incalculable number of people loved, respected and will miss [her].'

Outside of her practice as a lawyer, Muller wrote and lectured on topics such as licensing, trademark developments, foreign investments and the protection of IP rights in developing countries before groups including the New York Women’s Bar Association and as a guest lecturer at New York University.

She was also the former president of the Entertainment Law Committee of ASIPI, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property.

Sarah Segal, an IP lawyer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, wrote on LinkedIn: 'Diana was a wonderful mentor and had taken me under her wing on so many occasions. She was an amazing role model for women and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know her.'

Mitchell Feller, a partner at Gottlieb Rackman, commented: “I'm privileged to have known and worked with Diana and she will be sorely missed.”

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