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Andrew H. Bart has joined Jenner & Block as a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department in New York after a 28-year career in which he has handled a variety of complex commercial cases and has focused, in recent years, on litigation in the entertainment industry, especially copyright and contractual disputes involving recording companies and music publishers. He has handled matters that have resulted in precedent-setting decisions in copyright law, the right of privacy and publicity and artist-label relations.
“We are delighted that Andrew is joining us because his active copyright litigation practice is a natural fit with our growing practice in the same area based in the Washington, D.C. office and completes the full array of intellectual property expertise available in our New York office. Additionally, his extensive commercial trial experience is another substantial asset to our group practice in New York,” said Managing Partner Gregory S. Gallopoulos.
Mr. Bart recently obtained a seminal decision from the New York Court of Appeals in Greenfield v. Philles Records confirming the rights of recording companies to exploit performances created under recording agreements. He is actively involved in litigation addressing the impact of the exploding internet/digital world on copyrights and contractual rights in sound recordings.
The veteran attorney has represented Universal Music Group, (which includes the world’s largest record company and Universal’s music publishing interests), EMI Recorded Music and Warner Music Group. Mr. Bart has also represented Sony Music, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., EMI Music Publishing and numerous smaller labels and studios.
Most recently, Mr. Bart was a Partner at New York’s Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn, LLP, where he had practiced for the past 23 years. Mr. Bart’s experience with complex commercial litigation has ranged from securities litigation and S.E.C. proceedings to partnership and joint venture disputes to a wide variety of contractual disputes. His music industry litigation experience includes intellectual property issues as well as a vast array of contractual and accounting disputes.
Mr. Bart has lectured and published on copyright issues. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School, and graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also produced several jazz albums and is a voting member of the Producer’s Wing of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.