Ed Klaris

Managing Partner/Chief Executive Officer

In January 2015, Ed founded KlarisIP, a law and strategy firm, focused on copyright, trademark, media and technology law, as well as rights and royalty management advisory services. Because of the company’s great success in the market, in 2016, KlarisIP and Klaris Law divided, with the former being a consulting and managed services firm and the latter strictly a law firm.

Prior to 2015, Ed spent nearly 20 years in the media and entertainment sector, deeply involved in digital transformation, managing through secular change, and leading efforts to diversify and grow revenue streams in traditional media and entertainment companies. As Senior Vice President Editorial Assets & Rights at Condé Nast for more than eight years, he led rights and asset management. In that role, Ed was also the executive in charge of international growth, and led domestic business affairs and business development for all 18 Condé Nast brands and the company’s entertainment division, including movie and TV deals, rights-in, rights-out, advertising, and joint marketing. He managed a department of more than 50 people, with P&L responsibility for all non-advertising or subscription-relating businesses at the company.

Prior to this, Ed served as general counsel for The New Yorker magazine, media counsel at ABC, Inc., and as a litigator at the leading media and intellectual property firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He is a former chair of the New York State Bar Committee on Communications Law, and has been a professor at Columbia Law School since 2005 where he teaches media and intellectual property law. Ed speaks around the world on IP, rights and royalty management, and he regularly writes about these topics as well as myriad legal issues. He lives and works in New York City.