David Kostiner is the Managing Partner of Counsel LLP. His practice includes the representation of creators and innovators in the entertainment and technology industries with respect to all aspects of their businesses. Professor Kostiner specializes in music, film and start-up strategies, rights transactions, corporate formation and maintenance, trademarking and litigation services. He was formerly an associate in the San Francisco office of Davis Shapiro Lewit and Hayes, LLP after a career as a professional drummer, most notably as a member of Dreamworks artist Creeper Lagoon.
Following his performing career and during law school, Professor Kostiner co-founded the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (later sold to Sony Music) was the sponsorship director for the Noise Pop Music Festival, managed the internationally acclaimed artists Rogue Wave. He has been published by the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal and the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal. His education includes a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of Law, a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and the Interlochen Arts Academy.