Maria C. Lesinski - Associate
Maria C. Lesinski - Associate

Maria C. Lesinski

Ext. 122 / Direct Dial 315-845-1065

Maria advises in the areas of business and corporate law, bringing with her prior experience working in-house at some of the world’s leading media companies. In addition to general corporate matters, Maria specializes in trademark, copyright, defamation, rights of privacy, and publicity issues. She now uses her expertise to serve Newman & Lickstein’s individual and corporate clients.

After graduating cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, where she concurrently earned her Master’s in TV, Radio and Film from the Newhouse School, Maria went on to work at Disney/ABC, FremantleMedia and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Studios, earning her grit negotiating and drafting a wide range of commercial, talent, production, and intellectual property agreements for well-known unscripted television projects, and their executive producers, directors, talent, and production partners. She is also well-versed in advertising, marketing, production, and general entertainment compliance and legal issues. Prior to joining the firm Maria proudly served as the point production legal contact for MGM Studios’ Emmy Award-winning television show Shark Tank, where she worked closely with physical production managers, producers, entrepreneurs, and talent, supervising all aspects of the day-to-day legal needs of the show.

Maria was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. After residing for a time in New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California, she made the decision to return to Syracuse in 2022 with her partner, Benjamin, and their rescue bulldog, Howard.

  • Shark Tank
  • American Idol
  • America’s Got Talent
  • Press Your Luck
  • Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time
  • The Oscars
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • New Year’s Rockin’ Eve
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2016)
  • Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Communications (M.A., Television, Radio and Film, 2016)
  • Boston College (B.A., International Studies & Art History, 2013)
  • New York
  • California – In-House Counsel
  • Finalist, Bond, Schoeneck & King Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition (Fall 2015)
  • Business Editor, Syracuse Law & Civil Engagement Forum Journal (2015-2016)
  • Syracuse Law D.C. Externship Program (Fall 2014)
  • Communications Law and Policy Society (2013-2016)

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