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Ed Chansky focuses his practice in the areas of intellectual property (particularly development, selection, protection and licensing of trademarks worldwide) and advertising, sales promotion, and trade-regulation law, including charitable promotions, cause-related marketing, sweepstakes, contests, gift cards, eCommerce, substantiation of advertising claims, social gaming, social media, and all aspects of unfair or deceptive trade practices in a wide variety of industries.

A trusted advisor to many national companies, Ed is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on advertising and promotion law topics, including sweepstakes, premium production, coupon and rebate offers, charitable promotions, social gaming, and social media, and has helped shape state legislation affecting sales promotion matters. He also works with clients on a wide range of contract and licensing matters, including agency-client agreements in the advertising and sales promotion industries, software and website development, privacy policies and terms of use, and other matters affecting intellectual property, marketing and electronic commerce. For many years, he worked as a part-time musician (trombone) playing everything from grand opera to rhythm and blues.


  • Cause-related marketing
  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Internet
  • Contracts and licensing
  • Privacy and data security
  • Advertising
  • Sweepstakes, contests and promotions


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law, 2021-2024
  • Listed, World Trademark Review, Nevada, "WTR 1000," 2021-2023
    • "WTR Global Leaders," 2021-2023
  • Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars: Trademark Stars," 2013-2023
  • Listed, VEGAS INC, "Top Lawyers," Business and Intellectual Property, 2012 and 2013
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Former Director, Promotion Marketing Association (PMA)
  • Former Chair, Connecticut Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Former Member, American Federation of Musicians
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Past President, The Orchestra of New England, Board of Trustees
  • Co-Chair, 2013 Brand Activation Association Law Conference


  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1987
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Yale University, 1982
  • Hon. Ruth I. Abrams, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut