Litigation Counsel – Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group
September 16, 2018
New York, New York
Job Type



As litigation counsel, you'll get to

  • Handle both affirmative and defensive claims and litigations relating to the cutting-edge legal issues affecting the music industry, including copyright, trademark, the DMCA, fair use, defamation and anti-piracy

  • Investigate digital services, websites and mobile apps that use Warner Music Group content without a license

  • Draft cease-and-desist letters, review and revise case filings, analyze artist and songwriter contracts and other agreements, and negotiate and draft settlements

  • Prepare quarterly reporting documents pertaining to litigations and claims affecting the company

  • Interact with WMG’s internal business units, outside and opposing counsel, music industry trade associations, and infringing services.

With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Bros., Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

For more than four decades, WMG has been an industry-leading force in providing a world-class array of services designed to help artists and labels grow their careers and their businesses. Artist & Label Services is the umbrella for WEA (Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation) – the pioneering distribution and marketing network – and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) – the groundbreaking global distribution company for independent artists and labels.


  • A JD and active license to practice law in New York

  • 2-4 years of experience practicing litigation with an emphasis on copyright law

  • Experience in negotiations

  • Strong interpersonal skills to successfully interface with outside attorneys, senior management and internal employees

  • Self-motivation, with the ability to work independently, follow deadlines, effectively manage time and multi-task

  • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the music industry

  • Experience working in-house

Review Date:

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear from us right away. We’re taking our time to review all resumes, and to find the best people for WMG.

Other Info:

This position is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in all aspects of the litigations and pre-litigation claims affecting a global entertainment company and its affiliated record labels and music publishing entities. In this role, you will not only handle some of the most cutting-edge legal issues facing the music industry, but you will also work closely with Legal & Business Affairs at the record labels and music publishing entities, Business Development, Finance and many other departments to develop a well-rounded experience of working in the music industry.

Warner Music Group is all about our people. We are one global company made up of the most knowledgeable, passionate and creative people in our business.

It is the mission of every member of the WMG team around the world to create a nurturing environment for artists, songwriters and the people behind the music, at every stage of their careers.  We strive to set WMG apart from the rest of the industry by embracing a philosophy of innovation that is part of our company's DNA.


Apply here; applications through LinkedIn are also accepted.


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