Judith L. Church is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and the Intellectual Property Group. Ms. Church’s practice focuses on a wide range of corporate and intellectual property matters, including the acquisition of intellectual property; licensing, financing and securitization of intellectual property; collaboration agreements; Internet-related development and affiliation agreements; e-commerce and new media joint ventures; trademark clearance, prosecution and maintenance; trade secret law; international protection of trademarks, patents and copyrights; computer law and copyright law. She has advised clients, such as Alibaba.com, AT&T, B.R. Guest, Carlyle, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Companhia de Bebidas das Américas, Faber-Castell, Global Atlantic Financial Group, Misys, Mitsui, the National Football League, Pernod Ricard, Prudential Financial, Resolution Life, Tribune Company, Verizon Communications and Warner Music Group. She has significant experience across a broad range of industries, including the life sciences and healthcare industries where she has represented such clients as Actavis, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Galderma, Hisamitsu and Lannett. She has also regularly represented private equity firms, such as Kelso & Co. and North Castle Partners, in their investments in the life sciences sector.

Ms. Church is the author of “Conducting Intellectual Property Due Diligence In The Context Of An Acquisition,”  The Licensing Journal (January, 2015) and “Handling Intellectual Property Licenses in Mergers and Acquisitions, Financing Transactions, and Bankruptcy Proceedings,” The Licensing Journal (Aspen Publishers 2003). Ms. Church also contributed (with Ashton Hawkins) the chapter, “A Tale of Two Innocents: The Rights of Former Owners and Good-Faith Purchasers of Stolen Art,” Who Owns the Past? (Rutgers University Press, 2005). She speaks regularly on handling intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions and has written a number of articles on related topics, as well as articles on the protection of cultural property under U.S. law.

Ms. Church joined Debevoise in 1992. She received a B.A. from Antioch College in 1975, an M.A. in Art from the University of New Mexico in 1979 and her J.D. with honors from Columbia University School of Law in 1992.


  • Columbia Law School, 1992, J.D.
  • University of New Mexico, 1979, M.A.
  • Antioch College, 1975, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York