In his 35 years of practice, Ken has primarily focused on resolving complex business, entertainment, and IP disputes and is renowned for representing individuals and companies with his pragmatic aggressiveness, relatability, business acumen, and ability to handle everything from everyday business disputes to complex, ground-breaking cases.
Ken is a seasoned litigator and trial counsel licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of New York and California (among other courts) and has had notable successes in trials, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings in various settings ranging from California Labor Commission proceedings, to IFTA, Guild, and AAA/JAMS arbitrations, to Copyright Rate Court proceedings, to trial and appellate courts (including the United States Supreme Court). Ken is a well-known participant and moderator in panels concerning entertainment law issues.
Ken’s experience also includes a stint as the Executive Vice President of Atomic Pop, LLC, an early 2000’s internet-based record company (way ahead of its time) that sought to provide a platform to distribute entertainment content through digital media. At Atomic Pop, Ken was part of the company’s leadership team, navigating through complicated new media legal and business issues, acquisitions, strategic and financial planning, syndication, joint ventures and due diligence management.
A proud graduate of UCLA’s joint JD/MBA program, Ken is one of the few litigators who does not shy away from the quantitative or business side of cases. Whether it is grilling the opposing party’s experts about complex royalty statements, unraveling a party’s intricate corporate structures and related corporate issues, or negotiating and drafting an agreement to resolve a dispute or pave a way forward in business to maximize a client’s bottom line, Ken’s varied education and experience give him a bespoke set of skills with which to serve his clients.
Obtained liability jury verdict in favor of multi-platinum recording artists Spin Doctors in a copyright infringement action against Miller Brewing Company. Spin Doctors, et al v. Miller Brewing Co., et al., C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:95-cv-06336-HLH-Mc. The case settled just before the damages phase commenced.
Obtained defense jury verdict for Tony-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn in a lawsuit filed by his former publisher, manager and lawyer William Coben, concerning the rights in the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. La Societe De La Musique v. Frank Wildhorn, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. SC 063489.
Represented Pandora Media, LLC (and its predecessor Pandora Media, Inc.) in a mass copyright infringement action brought by a prominent music publishing administrator where Pandora successfully moved to dismiss on standing grounds under the 1909 and 1976 U.S. Copyright Acts, which substantially reduced the number of works at issue.