I’m a filmmaker as well as a lawyer who specializes in media (film, music, photography, art) and tech (especially software). My films have been featured on the New York Times Op-Docs, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker, and have been shown at festivals internationally, including AFI Docs, Big Sky, Clermont-Ferrand, Doc NYC, Slamdance, and TIFF (Kids). Some of my photos have been exhibited in the US and Europe, including ICP in New York City and the Leica Gallery in Warsaw.  For the last 15 years, I’ve concentrated my legal practice on intellectual property matters, and I’ve worked with filmmakers, artists, tech start ups, and tech multinationals. I recently started a law firm with my friend Matt—we are at Rogers & Szynol.

I was born in Warsaw, Poland, and immigrated to NYC at the age of 12, the year that the city’s transit fare rose from 75 cents to 90 cents; 33 previously unknown Bach pieces were found in an academic library; and Canon demoed its first digital still camera. Besides New York City and Warsaw, I’ve lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alexandria (VA), Berkeley, New Haven, Philadelphia, NJ, DC, and, for shorter periods, Kampala and Berlin. I’ve driven across the US six seven drives times, and I’ve visited the vast majority of the contiguous states, and, by train, plane or automobile, I’ve also visited some 45 50 55 60 countries. I like stray dogs, fair use, depressing movies, trains, Greene and Kundera, Uganda, open source software, the Oxford comma, and occasionally translating Polish poetry to English.

In the past, I was a drummer and a huge nerd software developer, and I still play Pearl drums here and there, and tinker with Java libraries.  After graduating from Yale Law School, where I focused on intellectual property and free speech, I was a law clerk to the Hon. Mariana Pfaelzer in the Central District of California. I was also in-house counsel at Bloomberg, and an associate at O’Melveny in San Francisco and Morrison & Foerster in New York City.  As an undergrad, I studied history and philosophy at Columbia University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

I’m generally reachable at paul [at] itchydogfilms [dot] com.


Legal Panels

Doc NYC
Palm Springs International ShortFest Forum
Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange
American Documentary Film Festival

Film Panels

American Documentary Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Guest Lectures

NYU Tisch
UCLA

Publications

Fuzzy Boundaries: The Potential Impact of Vague Secondary Liability Doctrines on Technology Innovation in The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet (2010).


“make your ego porous. will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. openness, patience, receptivity, solitude are everything.” (rilke)

”dogs are our link to paradise. they don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. to sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in eden, where doing nothing was not boring — it was peace” (kundera)

”this is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyranny, argue not concerning god” (walt whitman)