Jennifer T. Criss, Ph. D.



Jennifer Criss is an experienced technology transactions and intellectual property attorney who counsels clients in industries including retail, health care, and arts and entertainment. Jennifer regularly drafts and negotiates a wide variety of software and intellectual property licenses, software as a service (SaaS) and cloud services agreements, IT outsourcing arrangements, enterprise resource, back office, and supply chain agreements, consulting agreements, software development agreements, joint development agreements, and software and hardware contracts. Additionally, Jennifer supports M&A and financing transactions, conducting intellectual property and information technology due diligence and drafting and negotiating terms of purchase agreements. Jennifer also has extensive knowledge of copyright law and is a trusted advisor to many clients on all aspects of copyright counseling and securing copyright protection. Her litigation experience includes representing the world’s largest performing rights organization in proceedings before the Copyright Royalty Board. Jennifer has experience in trademark portfolio management and enforcement and also drafts website terms and conditions and privacy policies. She additionally maintains an active pro bono practice.

Jennifer is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law and has been a member of its Continuing Legal Education Board since 2016. She currently serves as co-chair for the IP Section’s Annual Meeting. Additionally, Jennifer serves as vice chair of the ABA’s Copyright Division and previously chaired the ABA’s Committee on Copyright & Social Media.

In 2019, Jennifer became a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her speaking engagements and publications address topics such as copyright permissions, online harassment, copyright fair use, and data privacy and cybersecurity. She is a regular contributor to the T©AM Today blog.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. degree in the History of Art and taught art history at The George Washington University and American University. She received fellowships from the French Ministry of Education, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, and the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer is fluent in French.

Previous Faculty Positions

  • The George Washington University – Adjunct Professor, Art History
  • American University – Adjunct Professor, Art History


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia




George Mason University School of Law
J.D. cum laude (2013)

University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. in Art History (2007)

University of Pennsylvania
M.A. (2003)

Bowdoin College
A.B. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1998)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, CLE Board Member
  • American Bar Association: Copyright Division, Vice Chair (2019-present); Committee on Copyright & Social Media, Chair (2017-19), Vice Chair (2015-17); Subcommittee on Fair Use, Chair (2011-15)
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Copyright & New Technologies, Vice-Chair (2010-11)
  • Copyright Alliance
  • Copyright Society of the USA


  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • William Penn Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chateaubriand Fellow, French Government
  • Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Fellow, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

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