Bruce Lehman

Honorable Bruce A. Lehman
Counsel to American Society of Illustrators’ Partnership
Chairman, International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI)
Founding Partner, Lehman Nilon & Associates


The American Society of Illustrators’ Partnership would also like to make special acknowledgement and thanks to:

Peter Rooney, Esq.
Morrison Foerster
Pro Bono Counsel, American Society of Illustrators’ Partnership

Mr. Rooney’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He represents U.S. and multinational corporations in acquisitions and sales of public and private companies and in joint ventures. Mr. Rooney received his B.A., cum laude, from Amherst College in 1989, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, where he was a member of the law review. He is a member of the Bars of New York and Delaware. Mr. Rooney was instrumental in structuring the non-profit corporation in accordance with state and federal regulations, and has guided ASIP with critical advice for next steps.


Elena M. Paul, Esq.
Former Advisor to American Society of Illustrators’ Partnership

Elena M. Paul was the Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York. In addition, Ms. Paul advises and represents artists and arts organizations at VLA, specializing in corporate and contractual matters. She also creates many of its original programs. Ms. Paul received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College, phi beta kappa, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. In 2000, Ms. Paul was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. Elena joined the IPA Board in 2004 and worked with IPA brainstorming how illustrators should go about creating the entity of a visual arts collecting society, and further helped IPA by finding the pro bono services of additional attorneys to accomplish the founding of ASIP.


Bradley Silver, Esq.
Former Pro Bono Counsel to Illustrators’ Partnership Reprographics Coalition
Counsel to Time Warner, Inc.

Mr. Bradley Silver’s responsibilities cover international copyright protection, enforcement and policy issues. Mr. Silver provides advice to the company and its various divisions on a broad range of matters, including copyright treaties, legislation, and industry initiatives affecting Time Warner’s copyright interests. Prior to his current position with Time Warner, Bradley Silver was an associate at Kirkland & Ellis, where he focused on intellectual property in corporate transactions. While there Mr. Silver served as pro bono counsel to IPA for two years, and was instrumental in helping American illustrators achieve representation at IFRRO by gaining an associate membership. Mr. Silver also worked on the specifics of the Reprographic Authorization & Agreement in accordance with international principles.


Dr. Michael Shapiro, Esq.
Founding Board Member, Illustrators’ Partnership of America
Attorney-Advisor, Office of Legislative and International Affairs,
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Shapiro is an attorney specializing in domestic and international copyright issues. The former General Counsel of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Shapiro currently serves as Attorney-Advisor, Office of International and Legislative Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Prior to joining the USPTO, Dr. Shapiro was in private practice, counseling a diverse clientele in the commercial and nonprofit sectors. With Bruce A. Lehman, Dr. Shapiro helped to launch the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) and served as its first General Counsel. Within the IIPI, Dr. Shapiro directed the “World Museums and Economic Development” project. The resource materials resulting from the project are available on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Dr. Shapiro was instrumental in the founding of Illustrators’ Partnership. Illustrators will always be grateful for his grace, support and guidance.