KEVIN J. GREENE
Specializing in expert legal consulting to law firms litigating IP and Contracts cases, case assessment, and professional guidance.
WHO IS K. J. GREENE?
A graduate of the Yale Law School and a veteran of the United States Marines, Professor Kevin Jerome Greene is the John J. Schumacher Chair Professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles where he teaches Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, and Music Law.
LAW PRACTICE EXPERIENCE:
Before becoming a law professor, Greene practiced law in New York at the premier law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented high profile companies such as Time Warner and HBO in litigation matters. He later joined New York’s top entertainment law boutique firm, where he represented clients such as film production companies, including Director Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule film company, iconic music artists including Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby Brown, and the seminal rap group Public Enemy. Professor Greene was the first law professor voted a Top Ten attorney by the San Diego Bar in the field of IP in 2005.
LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP AND PRESENTATIONS:
Professor Greene's scholarship has garnered national and international recognition in the area of intellectual property (“IP”) law, particularly his pioneering work on African-American music and inequality in copyright law. His article on abusive trademark litigation, published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy has been the centerpiece of law conferences at Syracuse Law School and NYU. His work on celebrity publicity rights has also been recognized as among the best in legal academia. Greene's copyright scholarship is cited in numerous legal publications and has been cited in Congressional hearings. His current project explores intellectual property in the context of hip-hop music.
Greene has presented his work on IP issues and Contracts across the United States and abroad to organizations such as the American Bar Association’s section on IP, the International Trademark Association, the American Association of Law Schools, Law and Society, Practicing Law Institute, the annual South-by-Southwest conference, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and at law schools and universities including Yale, Harvard, Notre Dame, USC, Georgetown, UCLA, and many others.
EXPERT WITNESS CONSULTING:
In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Greene serves as an expert witness consultant in Contracts and IP cases, including for funk music legend George Clinton in a copyright case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Greene has also worked as an expert in copyright matters in the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York. Professor Greene recently served as the lead IP expert in a landmark $9.5 million right of publicity case in California state court between the heirs of the Hansen Juice and Soda Company and Coca-Cola.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
In 2016, the Intellectual Property Institute of the State Bar of California selected Professor Greene as its Vanguard Award winner, the highest award given by the Bar, in the category of Academics. Also in 2016, the government of Taiwan hosted Professor Greene to present a seminar on copyright issues in the context of hip-hop music.
In 2018, the American Bar Foundation selected Greene as a fellow.
In 2020, Professor Greene was selected by the National Bar Association as a "top 100" attorney in California.
Also in 2020, Professor Greene was named an Honorary Advisor/Law Scholar at USIA United Sigma Intelligence Association, an international think tank.