Julie D. Greer

Partner

Julie Greer is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice emphasizes intellectual property, unfair competition, false advertising, and complex breach of contract and business tort cases, often in the dynamic and highly volatile field of entertainment litigation.

Julie represents plaintiffs and defendants in actions involving Internet law, copyright, trademark, licensing, enforcement and other intellectual property-related issues. Her practice has included representation of the music publisher plaintiffs in the highly publicized Napster case. She also represented the Recording Industry Association of America in its litigation against MP3Board.com under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Julie is frequently asked to speak on the subject of entertainment litigation.

Julie also counsels and represents a leading manufacturer and marketer of medical diagnostic products on various issues related to advertising.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "Entertainment Wars in the Courts," panelist, 25th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports, & Intellectual Property Law Conference (November 2013)
  • "Women in Music," moderator in conversation with Linda Ronstadt, Coblentz Women in Conversation event (October 2013)
  • "In Practice: Escape From NY - The Turtles, Grooveshark and Pre-1972 Recordings," co-author, The Recorder (August 2013)
  • "Music Litigation," panelist, North American Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference (November 2011 and 2012)
  • "Advanced Topics in Entertainment Related Litigation," panelist, American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Symposium (May 2011, 2012,  2013 and 2014)

Professional Activities

Julie is a Kentucky Colonel, an honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. She is also a member of the Recording Academy and the Americana Music Association. Julie is a member of the California State Bar and Bar Association of San Francisco and is on the Board of Directors of the Fair Trade Fund, a nonprofit anti-slavery organization. Prior to joining the firm, she served as clerk for Judge Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She has also served as a volunteer with the Hopi Appellate Project.

Education

Julie graduated magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts (1987) and earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (1998).

While at Boalt Hall, she was comments editor for the Berkeley Women's Law Journal, a member of the California Law Review, and received the Joanie Caucus Foundation award.

Case Studies

Sony Music Entertainment

Coblentz successfully recovered sanctions on behalf of client Sony Music Entertainment in a case involving the jazz legend, Nina Simone and the sale and ownership of her recordings. Nina Simone’s former husband and business manager, Andrew Stroud, and his attorney were ordered to pay more...

SoundExchange

Coblentz represents SoundExchange, Inc., in more than fifty separate enforcement efforts against Internet webcasters who are non-compliant with the reporting and royalty requirements of the Copyright Act. SoundExchange is the entity designated by the United States Copyright Office to collect and...