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Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP
4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,
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Washington, DC 20016

Managing Partner

Matt Oppenheim is the managing partner of Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP. For over twenty years, Matt has been representing businesses in commercial and strategic matters. He is an experienced intellectual property, entertainment and technology attorney who both litigates matters in court and counsels clients in private.

Matt has been actively involved in some of the most prominent internet and copyright issues of our time. On behalf of both large and small clients, Matt has appeared in courts nationwide, negotiated significant technology transactions and provided strategic and legal guidance on internet, copyright, trademark, and other legal issues. He counsels and represents clients on counterfeiting and trade secret issues. Matt regularly represents the record companies, book publishers, movie studios, and technology companies, as well as a host of smaller companies and individuals.

Prior launching The Oppenheim Group, LLP, Matt was a partner with Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, DC, where he co-chaired its Entertainment and New Media Practice. While at Jenner & Block, Matt principally represented movie studios and record companies. Among the matters that he handled was the landmark Supreme Court case, MGM v. Grokster, in which the Supreme Court decided 9-0 in favor of the movie studios and record companies reversing two lower court decisions which insulated peer to peer networks from potential copyright liability.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Matt spent seven years at the Recording Industry Association of America. As the Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs, he actively oversaw a number of milestone cases, including: Napster, Verizon,, and Aimster, among many others. Apart from litigation, Matt was actively involved in providing legal and strategic guidance to the industry on new technology and internet matters. In that respect, he served as the primary spokesperson and counsel for the record industry in the Secure Digital Music Initiative and a number of other technology standard setting bodies.

Matt began his career as a lawyer with Proskauer Rose, LLP as a litigator. While at Proskauer, Matt handled a broad variety of commercial litigation matters.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Cornell Law School. He is a member of the New York, DC and Maryland bars. He is based outside of Washington, DC where he lives with his wife and three children.


Notable Matters:

  • Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset
    Jury verdict of willful infringement in Minneapolis for $1.92 million for unauthorized uploading and downloading of music on a P2P network.
  • Sony v. Tenenbaum
    Jury verdict of willful infringement in Boston for $675,000 for unauthorized uploading and downloading of music on a P2P network.
  • MGM v. Grokster
    Represented movie studios and record companies in Supreme Court, won 9-0 reversal.
  • Anti-Piracy Enforcement for Higher Education Publishers
    Represent several of the nation’s largest educational publishers in their efforts to combat online infringement and physical counterfeiting.
  • Higher Education Publishers v. Student of Fortune, Inc.
    Represented The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., John Wiley & Sons Inc., Cengage Learning Inc., Pearson Education Inc. and Elsevier Inc. in asserting copyright and trademark claims and reaching a settlement.
  • Pearson Education v. Boundless Learning
    Copyright and Lanham Act case against technology start-up for developing and marketing versions of publishers’ leading textbooks without permission.
  • A & M Records v. Napster
    Enjoining the Napster P2P network in California.
  • In re Aimster
    Enjoining Aimster in multi-district litigation proceeding in Chicago.
  • Media Group
    Jury verdict of willful infringement against CD replicator for $136 million in Los Angeles.
  • BMG Music v. Gonzalez
    7th Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of copyright owner in Chicago.
  • Arista Records v.
    Represented record companies in copyright suit over linking to infringing recordings.
  • UMG v.
    Represented record companies in litigation regarding an online music library.
  • WB Music v. Magna Group
    PLitigated against ad agency and car dealerships for unauthorized use of Ramones song in New Jersey.
  • Capitol Records v. City Hall
    Sued U.S. distributor of classic jazz recordings who had imported unlicensed albums from Europe in New York.
  • Acquisition of BMG Music Publishing
    Retained to advise private equity company in potential acquisition of large music publishing catalog.
  • Secure Digital Music Initiative and Coral
    Counsel to content and technology companies in multi-industry negotiations.
  • Coral
    Represented technology company in multi-industry licensing negotiations.
  • Record industry’s peer to peer enforcement program
    Oversaw thousands of cases around the country on behalf of the record industry.
  • Andersen v. Atlantic Records
    Defended record companies in putative class action in Oregon regarding their anti-piracy efforts.