Zick Rubin
Zick RubinOf Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Publishing and media law
  • Copyright law
  • Trademark law
  • Higher education law


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Text and Academic Authors Association


  • B.A., Yale University (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Michigan
  • J.D., Harvard Law School (Magna Cum Laude)

Zick Rubin

Of Counsel

Zick Rubin has practiced publishing and media, copyright, trademark, and higher education law for the past 30 years.   He drafts and negotiates publishing, licensing, and collaboration agreements, advises educational, scientific, and cultural organizations on intellectual property issues, devises strategies for copyright and trademark protection, and helps his clients to resolve intellectual property disputes.    A former psychology professor at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, Zick is a textbook and trade book author. He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Lawyers (NACUA) and the Text and Academic Authors Association.

Zick has been recognized for the past 17 years as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the field of intellectual property and has been listed in Boston Magazine as one of Boston’s five best intellectual property lawyers.  Before joining the Archstone Law Group in 2019, Zick was a partner in the law firm of Rubin & Ulrich, LLC.   Before that, Zick was a member of the litigation and business law departments of the Boston law firms Palmer & Dodge and Hill & Barlow.

Zick received a B.A. from Yale University, a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.   He was a law clerk to the Hon. Levin H. Campbell, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.     Zick’s columns on the lighter side of the law are compiled in his book How the Internet Tried to Kill Me – and Other Startling Pieces. For a free copy, send an email to Zick at zrubin@archstonelaw.com.

Representative Experience

  • Advises many colleges, universities, and scientific and cultural organizations on intellectual property policies, copyright ownership and use, publishing ventures, and trademark protection.
  • Represents many textbook and trade book authors in publishing matters, including publishing contracts and collaboration and succession agreements. His clients include leading college textbook authors in astronomy, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, foreign languages, health education, history, psychology, sociology, and many other disciplines.
  • Advises online and catalog retail sales companies on copyright use, trademark protection, and intellectual property disputes.

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