About Chris Castle

Chris founded Christian L. Castle, Attorneys in Los Angeles in 2005 and moved the firm to Austin in 2011. Chris divides his time between advising creators in the music industry, representing innovative music tech startups, mature technology  companies,  and addressing public policy.

As part of the firm’s “licensed music everywhere” approach, Chris has long been at the innovative end of helping mobility companies integrate high value music into their products starting with his early representation of surround sound hardware manufacturers and applications developers.  He was one of the earliest adopters of licensed music in video games, now a key aspect of every mass market video game.  Clients frequently turn to Chris to negotiate industry-wide settlements that help music users avoid litigation and get licensed.

Chris has testified on artist rights issues at the UK Parliament, briefed the National Association of Attorneys General about brand sponsored piracy, spoken at Congressional seminars and lectured at law schools and business schools in the US and Canada on music-tech issues and artist rights.  He was the founding chair of the Austin-Toronto Music City Trade Alliance, a cooperative effort of the Austin and Toronto city councils to promote commercial music exchanges between the U.S. and Canada.  Chris received the 2016 Texas Star Award from the State Bar of Texas.

Prior to founding the firm he was SVP and General Counsel to SNOCAP in San Francisco, SVP Business Affairs at Sony Music in New York, and VP Business Affairs at A&M Records in Hollywood. Chris is an MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a JD graduate of the UCLA School of Law where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. Before law school, Chris graduated with high honors from UCLA, majoring in political theory.  He is admitted to the bar in California and Texas. Chris also writes a blog for the Huffington Post, contributes to The Trichordist and edits the MusicTechPolicy and MusicTech.Solutions blogs.

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