The MPAA has recently added two experienced anti-piracy litigators to its staff in Sherman Oaks.
Daniel Mandil, formerly Global General Counsel of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, joins MPAA as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property Protection. Mandil's prior experience includes service as a litigation partner at Covington & Burling in New York and as a law clerk to then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the DC Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. According to the MPAA's press release, "Mandil will oversee all legal affairs for the association and all its projects and programs relating to anti-piracy and intellectual property protection on a global basis." Mandil has certainly been through the anti-piracy wringer; he was Sony BMG's GC during the rootkit imbroglio.
Also, former McDermott, Will & Emery partner Lisa Stone is the MPAA's new VP and Senior Anti-Piracy counsel, responsible for day-to-day management of the trade association's litigation on behalf of the member studios. (I've known Lisa since we were both junior associates on the ReplayTV case.)
Congrats to both.