Sy Damle, Andy Gass, Alli Stillman, Jonathan West, and Joe Wetzel recognized as legal leaders in the music industry.
Sy Damle is a seasoned litigator, a former software engineer, and the former General Counsel of the US Copyright Office. He primarily handles high-stakes matters involving copyright law and new technology.
Mr. Damle is one of the nation’s foremost practitioners in copyright law. He joined Latham & Watkins after serving as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the US Copyright Office. In this role, he was responsible for the agency’s litigation, regulatory, and other legal work.
Mr. Damle represents a wide range of technology and new media companies in high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters. He represents leading music streaming services, online commerce platforms, software companies, and medical device manufacturers in their most important copyright infringement litigation. He also represents a wide range of companies and trade organizations in regulatory proceedings before the US Copyright Office and Copyright Royalty Board.
Mr. Damle teaches copyright law at George Washington University, and is an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright Law project.
Previously, he served as a litigator in the US Department of Justice, focusing on IP, administrative law, and constitutional matters.
Mr. Damle earned his JD from the University of Virginia, where he graduated first in his class. He served as a clerk for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Mr. Damle also holds systems engineering and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a software engineer before attending law school.