Brad Cohen is SVP, Associate General Counsel & Head of Litigation at Warner Music Group (“WMG”) where he oversees litigation and provides day-to-day legal advice to WMG’s record labels and publishing companies, including Atlantic Records, Warner Records, 300 Elektra Entertainment, and Warner Chappell, on issues related to copyright, trademark, defamation, right of privacy and publicity, and contractual matters. He also works closely with WMG’s Digital Legal Affairs and Business Development teams on licensing digital services and anti-piracy efforts.
After graduating from Cardozo, Brad began his legal career as an associate at Quinn Emanuel. Brad then worked in the Business & Legal Affairs departments at EMI Music and Universal Music Group before becoming Head of Litigation at WMG. As in-house counsel, Brad has managed some of the music industry’s most prominent cases, including the Blurred Lines lawsuit in which Marvin Gaye’s heirs alleged that “Blurred Lines” infringed “Got To Give It Up”; the Stairway to Heaven lawsuit in which Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” is alleged to have infringed “Taurus” by the band Spirit; and the Sony Music v. Cox case, a lawsuit filed jointly by the six major record companies and music publishers, which resulted in a $1 billion jury verdict against Cox.
Brad was named to Billboard’s “Top Music Lawyers” list in 2020, 2021, and 2022, and to Variety’s 2022 “Legal Impact Report,” which recognizes attorneys in the entertainment industry.