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In Celebration of Women’s History Month: An Interview with Olivera Medenica

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March is Women’s History Month and we are pleased to celebrate the achievements of all the women in our firm. Recently we interviewed one of our female partners and also sent out a round of applause to all the talented members of the Dunnington team.

Meet: Olivera Medenica, Partner                                      

Olivera Medenica is an equity partner and serves on the Executive Committee and the Diversity Committee. She chairs the Trademark Practice Group and Privacy Practice Group. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, privacy, advertising, art and fashion law, international, litigation and arbitration.

Question: What brought you to Dunnington, a firm over 100 years old?  

Answer: I wanted to expand my practice and service major corporate clients with the backing of a deep bench. Since joining Dunnington, I have worked on a trademark matter before the United States Supreme Court, landed major corporate clients, and have been able to tap into our litigation team’s broad appellate experience.  We truly have a great team at the firm with many people I respect and whose input I value tremendously.  I am proud to be part of a New York institution that has been around for so long and fortunate to work with such a group of talented attorneys.

Q: What unique perspective do you bring to the firm?

A: I started my own practice very early out of law school and had to figure things out early, on my own.  As a result, all of my matters have been first chair experience and I am often the only woman in the room.  For these reasons, it is important that my team be diverse and represent different viewpoints and perspectives on any legal matter.  By bringing Dunnington’s diverse team to the table, I believe we are able to provide superior client service and effectively address our client’s biggest challenges.

Q: What support do you get from your team members?

A: While I strategically lead the team, my partners provide critical insight, my associates relentless research and investigation, and our paralegals keep us all on track. My success would not be possible without each and every member of our team. I am so grateful for their support.

Q: Okay, any challenges, then – that you can mention?

A: As a woman lawyer it is important to always value yourself without discounting your services. There should be more visibility and recognition for women-led teams. This is a missed opportunity to validate the work of women in the law.  Just one positive comment can inspire anyone to work harder, to push for more and this is so important to hear in an industry that has overwhelmingly and historically been led by white men.

Q: Fair enough! Do you feel you have any competitive edges against larger firms?

A: I really do.  We strive to understand a client’s priorities and to examine every problem individually.  As a jurist, we have statutes and precedent that we must follow.  As an advisor, we listen to our clients and craft a unique solution that works best for them. As an advocate, we blend both to achieve a desired solution. We do not bring a cookie cutter approach to any client or any problem. This gives us a competitive advantage.

Q: Great answer. Can we talk about being a woman in a male-dominated field?

A: Supporting women in the law goes beyond the office and requires a holistic approach to personal and professional life. For example, if a woman bears the brunt of child caring responsibilities, it can be a challenge to compete with a man who can focus exclusively on his career.  These are very real, pragmatic issues. However, in a room full of men, I do not feel shy or insecure in the least.  I’m not sure I even notice it at this point.

Q: Well said. What’s the latest book you’ve read? How does it relate to your clients or your career approach?

A: The Great Catapult, by Zeeger Vink.  It has been on my reading list for a while and I am enjoying it so far.  It addresses how businesses can capitalize on their intellectual property assets for competitive advantage… critical issues for my clients.

Q: Finally, what advice would you give women entering the legal field today?

A: I say, focus on being a good attorney!  Be nice to people, don’t cut corners or burn bridges.  Don’t treat any task as too small or too big for you.  Roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Many thanks, Olivera. Yes, I can see that you are really making a difference at Dunnington.

Thanks for your time and comments!

Womens Appreciation Month_Olivera Medenica_Interview                                                 

Olivera Medenica, Partner

“Tales From The Temple of Ishtar” – Raymond J. Dowd Presents On Recovery of Assyrian Gold Tablet (in-person National Arts Club event)

By All, Featured, Firm News, Intellectual Property, Advertising, Art and Fashion Law, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation

On March 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm, Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd will lecture on Dunnington’s landmark 2013 NY Court of Appeals victory in Matter of Flamenbaum for German museum recovering a golden Assyrian tablet (excavated from the Temple of Ishtar in 1913 by archeologist Walter Andrae).  Read More

In The News: Dunnington Partner Raymond Dowd’s Take on Andy Warhol Copyright Litigation

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Copyright litigation over Andy Warhol’s appropriation art dominated headlines in the art world in 2021.   Dunnington partner Raymond Dowd, author of Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters West 2021-22) was featured in an article on Andy Warhol’s religious faith and copyright infringement.  Warhol’s work was exhibited at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park where Dowd serves on the Board of Governors. Read More

Nazi-Looted Art: Dunnington Victory For Family of Murdered Jewish Cabaret Performer Featured in Variety

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Dunnington’s legal victory in recovering two artworks by the artist Egon Schiele on behalf of the family of Fritz Grunbaum was featured in Variety.  Fritz Grunbaum was a Jewish cabaret performer who openly mocked the Nazis.  Grunbaum was the inspiration for the Joel Gray character in the Broadway show and film Cabaret. Read More

Dunnington Partner Raymond Dowd to Lecture At Maastricht Art Law Conference on His Recovery of An Assyrian Gold Tablet In Matter of Flamenbaum

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On November 26, 2021, Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd will lecture at Maastricht University’s Ius Commune Research School Art Law Conference on Dunnington’s landmark victory at the New York Court of Appeals in Matter of Flamenbaum.  In Flamenbaum, Dunnington successfully represented the Federal Republic of Germany on behalf of Germany’s Vorderasiatisches Museum.  Dunnington recovered a golden Assyrian tablet that had been excavated from the Temple of Ishtar by German archeologist Walter Andrea in 1913.  The tablet surfaced in a decedent’s safe deposit box in Nassau County New York. Read More

Dunnington’s P.M. Natasha Chang to speak on NFTs at “Estate Planning for Art Collectors”

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Dunnington partner P.M. Natasha Chang will speak on “NFTs & Estate Planning” at an “Estate Planning for Art Collectors” CLE sponsored by Center for Art Law.  The CLE will take place at noon on Thursday, November 18th, virtually and in person at Dunnington’s offices at 230 Park Avenue (45th St), 21st floor. This event has concluded.

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Raymond J. Dowd To Address Oklahoma City Chapter of Federal Bar Association on Nazi Looted Art Litigation

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On June 10, 2021, Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd will present a virtual Continuing Legal Education Program for the Federal Bar Association’s Oklahoma City Chapter.  Nazi art looting and litigation over the return of stolen property to victims of the Holocaust, the history of U.S. tax laws to museums and the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 will be covered. Read More