Steven Shebar attended Columbia University and received a B.A. from the City University of New York, magna cum laude, with a double-major in music and sociology. Mr. Shebar was awarded, and maintained for all semesters, a full-tuition Dean’s Scholarship to New York Law School, from which he received a J.D., magna cum laude, in 1991. He graduated in the top 3% of his law school class, was an editor of the Law Review, won American Jurisprudence awards in Civil Procedure and Legal Writing, won a faculty prize for excellence in Poverty Law and Civil Rights and was a teaching fellow (peer tutor) by faculty appointment.
After law school, Mr. Shebar practiced in the areas of complex corporate litigation, intellectual property litigation and bankruptcy litigation at the preeminent law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP (“WG&M”), in their New York office, through which he obtained his foundational state and federal litigation and trial experience. At WG&M, he served clients including Chase Manhattan (now JP Morgan Chase), GE Capital, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner-Chappell Music, the Museum of Modern Art and Yeshiva University. He has also served as in-house counsel for Universal Music Group (“UMG”), where he was Sr. Director of Litigation in New York, managing litigation in many eastern and midwestern states, in the areas of employment law, trademark/domain name infringement, copyright infringement, and royalty and other contract disputes. Mr. Shebar also acted as legal advisor to numerous Business Affairs and A&R executives at UMG’s labels, such as Interscope, Def Jam, Motown and A&M. After moving to the Chicago area in 2002, Mr. Shebar served as Special Counsel in the Intellectual Property department of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he counseled clients, prepared contracts and conducted litigation in the areas of trademark and copyright law, before starting his own law practice.