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  Person, Carl
<-  2011-06-08  
NameCarl Person
Address330 W 55 Street
New York, New York , United States
Born July 20, 1936 (85 years)
ContributorDodge Landesman
Last ModifedRBH
Apr 17, 2016 04:43pm
Tags Caucasian - Married - Army -
InfoBackground and Education

Carl Person was born in Manhattan and has lived in New York State most of his life with the exception of 2 years when his family lived in Nebraska and his 3 years of service in the U.S. Army. His mother, Elfrieda Emery Person, was the daughter of a Rochester, New Hampshire Justice of the Peace and his father, Carl A. Person, was a 1926 Harvard Law School graduate. Person dropped out of Northport High School (Northport, Long Island, NY) after his sophomore year, and joined the U.S. Army for a 3-year enlistment. His service included two years on Okinawa as a ship to shore high speed radio operator, to send and receive Morse code. Then, he enrolled at Long_Island_University, Brooklyn campus, and was elected President of the Student Council 1-1/2 years later. Upon graduation from LIU, Person attended Harvard Law School, graduated in 1962, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1962.
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After graduating from Harvard Law School, Person worked as an associate attorney in several Wall Street law firms, then during 1968 went out on his own, as an individual practitioner, representing small businesses and stock brokers in making initial public offerings of stock.

In 1970, Person commenced his litigation practice by filing an antitrust action on behalf of a group of National Auto Brokers Corp. against General Motors, Ford and Chrysler and 60 other defendants. To help him afford the cost of going up against the leading corporations in America, Person founded (in 1972) and ran the Paralegal Institute and was instrumental in creating the paralegal field, as the nation’s second paralegal school. Today there are more than 1,000 paralegal training programs.

Person Created a Private, For-Profit Court System

During 1980's, Person created a private, for-profit court system which he called the "National Private Court" and obtained widespread recognition in the U.S. legal community for his for-profit court system, which improved upon standard arbitration proceedings by offering arbitration under the rules of law followed by the right to an appeal. Also, the system could make use of governmental juries, with the approval of a judge. Person had 20 actual New York judges sign up to be for-profit judges for the National Private Court.

Intellectual Property Lawyer

Person spent more than 20 years in the practice of intellectual property law. Thirty years after the 1962 doo-wop hit "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" was at the top of the charts, Person recaptured the song's copyright for members of the group "The Teenagers" in a landmark case. Person represented playwright Mark Dunn in a case against Paramount Pictures alleging that its movie "The Truman Show" was essentially similar to Dunn's play "Frank's Life", which appeared in a New York theatre several years before. In another case, Thee v. Parker Brothers, Inc., Eastern District of New York, commenced about 15 years after the game “Artifax” was first submitted to Parker Brothers by artist Christian Thee, Person obtained a jury verdict for Thee holding that he had been allegedly defrauded by Parker Brothers’ publication of the game “Masterpiece”.

When economics professor Ralph Anspach invented and published a game he called “Anti-Monopoly”, Parker Brothers charged that it infringed on its copyright and trademark for the "Monopoly" game, and a lower court agreed. All of Anspach’s inventory of his Anti-Monopoly game was dumped in a Minnesota landfill pursuant to court order. Person obtained a reversal of that order in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (California), and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld this victory when it denied certiorari.
Small Business Background

Person has been a solo practitioner of law since 1968. Person was instrumental in creating the paralegal career field when, in 1972, he opened a proprietary school in New York City, Paralegal Institute, to train paralegals. It was the second paralegal school in the country. The school under his management and ownership continued through 1990, a total of 18 years, giving Person an extended period of ownership and operation of a small business, and a thorough understanding of what needs to be done to help small business. At Paralegal Institute, Person created another career field, which he called the Personal Assistant, and a multi-disciplinary curriculum to train individuals to become the assistant to the owner of a small business.
Legal Practice

From 1962 to 1968, Person worked as an associate attorney for 3 Wall Street type law firms, including Mudge, Stern, Baldwin & Todd, which accepted Richard M. Nixon as a partner in 1962, shortly after he lost his first election bid to John F. Kennedy. In 1968, Person started his own law practice, and has been an individual practitioner from 1968 to the present. Person’s law practice from the start has been litigation, in federal and state courts. His first case, an antitrust action, was brought against General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation and others, which lasted 18 years. Person’s litigation experience includes civil rights, antitrust, mortgage foreclosure defense, securities fraud, copyright, trademark, age discrimination, price discrimination, employment termination, franchise termination, and other cases in which individuals and/or small businesses have claims against major corporations or government agencies.
Personal Information

Person is married to Lu Ann Horstman, a songwriter, movie producer, and political activist. They have one child, a son.



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