Mark Goldstein

Professor of Practice


Mark Goldstein until August 2004 was senior vice president, Business and Legal Affairs at Warner Bros Records Inc., when he retired to continue his full-time teaching at USC together with his work as a consultant in the entertainment industry.

After his graduation from Harvard in 1975 and from the USC Law School in 1978, Mark Goldstein was an entertainment lawyer in private practice until 1983 when he moved to CBS Records in Los Angeles. In 1987 he went to Warner Bros Records, where he eventually headed up the Business and Legal Affairs department for over a decade.

Complementing his work as an attorney and executive, Mr. Goldstein maintained a busy teaching schedule. In addition to his teaching at USC, he has lectured at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and at Southwestern Law School. He has been a member of the faculty of the ALI-ABA Entertainment and Sports Law Program in Los Angeles and of the Professional Law Institute in Los Angeles in the Entertainment and Sports Law area. He has spoken regularly as a panelist for organizations ranging from the Beverly Hills Bar Association to the Songwriters Resource Service as well as at conclaves such as Comdex and the California Copyright Conference.

Mr. Goldstein is the author of “Record Label Tour Support” in Business and Legal Aspects of Live Concerts and Touring, co-author of “Contracts in the Music Industry” in Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry and was a participant in the “Roundtable on Technology Issues in Music Law” symposium, a transcription of which was published in 2000 in the Loyola Law School Law Review.

In 1996 Mr. Goldstein was the Honoree at the Zafris Distinguished Lecture Series, Berklee College Of Music.

Professional experience

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Warner Bros Records Inc. (1993-2004)
  • Faculty, American Law Institute-American Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Program, Los Angeles (2000-2002)
  • Faculty, Practicing Law Institute, Entertainment and Sports Law Institute, Los Angeles (1996-2000)

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Honoree, Zafris Distinguished Lecture Series, Berklee College Of Music; delivered address: “The Surreal Book: The Record Business as it Approaches the Millennium”


  • Hint of Moon, Rob Hayes Project, Crisalon Records, 2003 (keyboards, composer)
  • Midnite Dance, Rob Hayes Project, Crisalon Records, 2001 (keyboards)


  • “Record Label Tour Support”, in Business and Legal Aspects of Concerts and Touring, (Proceedings of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, 1997)
  • Co-author, “Counseling Clients in the Music Industry”, in Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry (Practicing Law Institute, 1997-2002)

Academic degrees