Jay Rosenthal, Esq., Partner, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp

Jay Rosenthal practices Music, Entertainment and Copyright Law, as a Partner with the law firm Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Rosenthal specializes in public policy, transactional, and litigation matters in all sectors of the entertainment industry, but with special emphasis on the music and movie industries.  Most recently, Mr. Rosenthal was Senior Vice-President and General Counsel at the National Music Publishers’ Association.  In that role, Mr. Rosenthal represented the interests of and worked extensively with almost all of the major and independent music publishers in the United States.

Prior to joining NMPA, Mr. Rosenthal was a Partner with the law firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, and served as General Counsel to the Recording Artists’ Coalition (RAC) – a trade group representing recording artists on public policy matters, founded by Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, and other prominent featured recording artists.  Mr. Rosenthal has also represented, and in some instances continues to represent recording artists, songwriters, record companies, publishing companies, actors, and others in the entertainment industries.  His present clients include actor/pro wrestler David Bautista, Thievery Corporation, Rare Essence, and ESL Music.  In the past, he has represented artists like Salt N Pepa, Don Henley, Mya, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Comedian Robert Schimmel, and monument maker Robert Berks.

Mr. Rosenthal teaches Entertainment Law at Georgetown and GW Law Schools.  He is a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the United States, a former Copyright Alliance Board Member, a former Copyright Examiner with the U.S. Copyright Office, a founding Soundexchange Board Member, and a former Vice‑president of the Washington Area Music Association and Advisory Board Member of the Songwriter Association of Washington.

Mr. Rosenthal has authored numerous articles on entertainment and copyright law.  He is a Contributing Editor with Entertainment, Law & Finance, and a periodic contributor to Billboard, Landslide, and other entertainment industry journals and publications. He has lectured extensively around the world on entertainment and copyright industry topics.