Faculty Profiles

Russell Frackman

Russell Frackman

Lecturer in Law
B.A. Northwestern University, 1967
J.D. Columbia Law School, 1970

Russell Frackman will teach Copyright Amicus Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law. He is a Partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP and was a founding member and co-chair of USC Gould School of Law Intellectual Property Institute. He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading entertainment and intellectual property litigators, having successfully represented clients in a number of landmark cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts including the seminal internet file sharing case of A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster. He has filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of numerous industry organizations in precedent setting copyright cases in the Supreme Court and various Courts of Appeals and trial courts.

Frackman received the inaugural Donald E. Biederman Legacy Award from Southwestern Law School in 2012, which recognizes a member of the bench or bar who upholds the highest standard of ethics and professionalism as a leader in entertainment and media law. He also received the 2015 Grammy Foundation® Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Service Award presented to an attorney who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the music community through service. Frackman has been recognized as the “California Lawyer Attorney of the Year” (CLAY Award) in Intellectual Property by the California Lawyer, the "Entertainment Lawyer of the Year" by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, one of the “Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade” by the National Law Journal, and one of the “100 Lawyers Who Helped to Shape a Decade” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He has been named a “Top 100 Power Lawyer” by The Hollywood Reporter, a “Top Music Lawyer” by Billboard, on the “Hollywood Law Impact List” by Variety, and is the recipient of two honorary Gold Record Awards from the Recording Industry Association of America in recognition of his work on behalf of the record industry.

Frackman obtained his B.A. in history from Northwestern University, and his J.D. cum laude from the Columbia University School of Law where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.