Jenner & Block

Kenneth L. Doroshow is an experienced litigator and counselor with an extensive background in the major entertainment sectors, focusing on matters involving new media and new technologies.  He regularly advises clients on content protection and enforcement strategies and handles a broad variety of commercial, regulatory and intellectual property disputes, especially those involving digital and online entertainment.  Mr. Doroshow has been a trusted advisor to in-house lawyers and other executives of dozens of entertainment businesses, including some of the largest businesses in their respective industry sectors. He is recognized as a leading media and entertainment lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal500, and as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.  In 2016, he was recognized in Variety’s "Legal Impact Report," a listing of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry.  He is described in Chambers USA as someone who “understands … the entertainment industry” and “is incredibly smart and strategic when it comes to litigation.”

For more than a decade, Mr. Doroshow has worked at the forefront of the legal issues confronting the entertainment industry in the Internet age, whether as a computer-crime prosecutor for the federal government, the head of litigation for the recording industry’s trade association, or, more recently, as the General Counsel for the video game industry’s trade association. As the chief legal officer for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Mr. Doroshow was responsible for all of the ESA’s legal and policy affairs, including the direction of lawsuits and other proceedings involving a complex and evolving range of issues confronting the video game industry -- most notably the successful prosecution of a landmark First Amendment case in the United States Supreme Court, for which he was given the Game Developers Choice “Ambassador” Award in 2012. Previously, as Senior Vice President, Litigation & Legal Affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Mr. Doroshow played a leading role in the design and implementation of the recording industry’s strategies for the protection and enforcement of sound recording copyrights, including numerous prominent and groundbreaking lawsuits throughout the country involving peer-to-peer software, Usenet services, satellite radio, link sites, search engines, and transnational anti-piracy enforcement.

Before joining the ESA and RIAA, Mr. Doroshow spent several years at the United States Department of Justice as a criminal prosecutor in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and civil trial attorney focused on intellectual property, computer crime, constitutional and administrative law, and international arbitration matters. While at the Department of Justice, Mr.
Doroshow served as lead counsel in several noteworthy cases, including the successful defense against the first investment treaty arbitration claim ever filed against the United States.