Adjunct Professor David Kostiner is a founding partner of Counsel LLP, a boutique entertainment law firm based in San Francisco. A Hastings graduate, Professor Kostiner began his career as a professional musician drumming in jazz clubs, later playing for Dreamworks artists Creeper Lagoon and recording with others such as Matt Nathanson and Patrick Park. He later co-founded the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, was a sponsorship director for the Noise Pop Music Festival, managed internationally-known artists Rogue Wave and was an associate in the San Francisco office of Davis Shapiro Lewit and Hayes, LLP. Professor Kostiner frequently appears as a panelist and public speaker, and has been published by the Hastings Comm/Ent Journal and the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal.
Professor Kostiner’s practice includes the representation of musicians, record labels, music producers, songwriters, music publishers, visual artists, digital technology companies, music festivals and executives. He is responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements covering most aspects of his clients’ careers or businesses, as well as providing strategic guidance and informal dispute resolution services. Professor Kostiner’s education includes a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and the Interlochen Arts Academy.