Joe Wetzel is a first-chair trial lawyer who focuses on cutting-edge copyright and music licensing issues, representing clients from emerging companies to the biggest household names.
For over 15 years, Mr. Wetzel has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in a variety of complex litigation matters, including IP and media licensing, data privacy, trade secret, and false advertising cases. He has extensive experience with music copyright and class action litigation, and regularly counsels large and small clients on various copyright, trademark, and rate-setting antitrust matters, as well as other intellectual property issues associated with various forms of media.
Mr. Wetzel is often recognized for his work in copyright law. He was recommended in 2020 by The Legal 500 US; named a Rising Star by Law360 in 2014, 2015, and 2017; and named a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation 2017-2019. He appeared in the 2016 Benchmark Litigation Under 40 Hot List and was selected for The Daily Journal Top 40 Under 40 for his work in intellectual property and media and entertainment litigation issues. He was also named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers 2012-2017.