Kenneth Steinthal > King & Spalding LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

King & Spalding LLP
SUITE 2300
United States
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Kenneth Steinthal specializes in litigating matters in the intellectual property/media sector. His practice is focused on copyright, DMCA and antitrust/rate-setting cases involving the distribution of audio and audiovisual content, and includes counseling companies regarding the licensing implications of their product offerings. 

Ken has more than three decades of experience litigating matters spanning the IP/media sector, in jury and bench trial settings and before copyright tribunals in the U.S. and internationally.

Ken’s practice is focused on copyright, DMCA and antitrust/rate-setting cases involving the distribution of audio and audiovisual content. His cases typically involve the defense of copyright infringement claims and the establishment of structures and rates for the exploitation of musical works and sound recordings in both traditional (e.g., cable, satellite, broadcast) and new media distribution environments.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

King & Spalding LLP is the trusted trademark counsel for big-name brands including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot and Madison Square Garden, among many others. Richard Groos is a key name in the firm’s Austin office; he is particularly experienced in trademark matters in the hospitality and retail sectors. Kathleen McCarthy in the New York office stands out for her social media and Internet-related trademark work. Kenneth Steinthal in San Francisco is another name to note for IP litigation.

United States > Intellectual property > Copyright

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Kenneth SteinthalKing & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s defense of Google in its Supreme Court battle against Oracle is on of the more recent examples of the firm’s strong presence in the digital copyright space. The practice is led by San Francisco-based Kenneth Steinthal, who acts for an impressive client roster in the digital copyright space, including Google, iHeart  Media and Netflix. In addition to his digital copyright work, Steinthal has earned particular praise for his work in the area of music music, where one client described him as ‘one of the top, most-respected legal minds in the area of music rate setting and copyright litigation‘. Other recommended names include New York-based Bruce Baber, who led the representation of Google in the Oracle case, and counsel Jason Blake Cunningham.

United States > Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense

King & Spalding LLP defends corporate clients in antitrust actions including cartel and unilateral conduct cases. The group also draws on its international antitrust partners in Germany and Switzerland to assist multinationals from a broad spectrum of industry sectors such as healthcare, technology and automotive. Department heads Norm Armstrong and Jeffrey Spigel lead the team out of Washington DC. Operating out of Atlanta, Jeffrey Cashdan litigates criminal as well as civil cartel matters alleging clients’ involvement in conspiracies. The San Francisco-based Kenneth Steinthal focuses on antitrust matters with an intellectual property aspect, for instance involving the distribution of audio and audiovisual content.