Jenner & Block

Leading Copyright and New Media Lawyer Steven R. Englund Joins Jenner & Block


Steven R. Englund, a leading copyright and new media lawyer who has worked on digital copyright issues for more than 15 years, has joined Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office as a partner in the Firm’s Entertainment and New Media Practice.

“Steve’s extensive experience will enhance our already outstanding media and copyright practice, which is helping our clients solve their problems and helping adapt the principles of copyright law to the realities of the digital age,” said Gregory S. Gallopoulos, Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner.

"Steve will be a tremendous addition to our practice because he possesses unparalleled knowledge of copyright law and has extensive experience in the challenges that all content companies will continue to face in the coming years," said Thomas J. Perrelli, Managing Partner of Jenner & Block's DC office and Co-Chair of its Entertainment and New Media Practice.

Steven B. Fabrizio, Co-Chair of that practice, said, “We have had the privilege of working with a lot of fine copyright and technology lawyers over the years. And, even among the highest caliber lawyers, Steve has consistently stood out as one of the very best. We are thrilled that he is joining the team.”

Said Mr. Englund, “I am very excited to join Jenner & Block. In my practice over the years, I have gotten to know several of the Firm’s attorneys in the Entertainment and New Media Practice, and I am looking forward to working with them and continuing to work on the cutting edge of copyright issues in digital media.”

Mr. Englund joins Jenner & Block from a partnership at the DC firm of Arnold & Porter. His practice focuses primarily on the use of music and other entertainment content in the digital environment and the application of copyright law to new technologies, as well as on more traditional copyright matters. For more than 15 years he has helped shape copyright law for the digital environment by representing the U.S. recording industry in the industry negotiations leading to the enactment of such legislation as the Audio Home Recording Act, the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Small Webcaster Settlement Act and the Copyright Royalty and Distribution Reform Act. 

Mr. Englund has regularly represented the recording industry in rulemaking and other proceedings before the U.S. Copyright Office.  He has represented the industry in numerous industry negotiations, including negotiation of the agreement with the music publishing industry that paved the way for the launch of online subscription services. He has participated in developing strategy for numerous precedent-setting copyright litigations. He also counsels clients in diverse industries concerning copyright law.

Mr. Englund also has represented clients in the entertainment, information technology, communications, financial services, biotechnology and other industries in a wide variety of commercial and corporate transactions involving new media or technology. 

Mr. Englund graduated from the University of Minnesota, magna cum laude, with a degree in computer science and political science in 1986. In 1989, he received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review.  From 1989-1990, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Daniel A. Moore, Jr. of the Alaska Supreme Court.  He is a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia bars.