Lutzker & Lutzker LLP

1233 20th Street, N.W.
Suite 703 Washington D.C. 20036 U.S.A.

Arnold P. Lutzker

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property – Copyright Law/Trademarks and Brand Protection/Internet and Social Media/Entertainment and the Arts/Nonprofit Organizations


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude (1971)
  • City College of New York, B.A., magna cum laude (1968)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Building on decades of experience in intellectual property law, policy and education in Washington, D.C., Arnold Lutzker counsels clients engaged in a wide variety of pursuits (including film, television, publishing, photography, music, entertainment, arts and e-commerce as well as more conventional businesses) on the strategic exploitation of their intellectual property.

Arnie has long been an advocate for moral rights of film directors. In the 1980s he led the challenge by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Film Foundation to protect classic American movies by affording directors moral rights in their works, both on Capitol Hill and through litigation in Europe. He was instrumental in the passage of the National Film Preservation Act.

Prior to establishing Lutzker & Lutzker with his wife, Susan Lutzker, he was a principal in the Washington law firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and a partner in Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, where he had a varied copyright and trademark practice. In the legislative area, Arnie has represented a consortium of national library associations in the drafting of key copyright law provisions which are at the heart of many of the unresolved new media issues making headlines every day: the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) and the TEACH Act.


  • Recipient of the 2012 Larry Koltun Memorial award of given each year to the INBLF member who most exemplifies the spirit of congeniality and collegiality that characterized the late DC chapter president
  • Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyer” in the field of Intellectual Property Litigation; including listing in Corporate Counsel edition of “Super Lawyers”
  • Vice Chair and Treasurer, INBLF; D.C. Chapter President
  • Vice-Chair and national Board member, FilmFest DC
  • President, Cultural Treasures Foundation



  • “Managing Risk to Maximize Success,” presented at SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 2018
  • “United States Legal System for Foreign Investors,” presented in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark as part of SelectUSA Nordic Road Show, April 2018
  • “Critical Legal Issues: Defining and Protecting Your Intellectual Property,” D.C. Startup Week, September 2017
  • “Safeguarding Innovation for Foreign Investors,” presented at SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 2017
  • “United States Legal System for Foreign Investors,” presented in Rio de Janeiro, San Paolo and Belo Horizonte, Brazil as part of SelectUSA Brazil Road Show, December 2015