Kenneth Doroshow, the former senior vice president and general counsel of the Entertainment Software Association, joins the firm's content, media and entertainment practice in Washington as a partner. Doroshow and Jenner & Block partner Paul Smith led the legal team that won the case, in which the justices ruled that video games are entitled to protection under the First Amendment.
Doroshow left the ESA in 2011 to become the managing director of the Burford Group, an investment advisor that provides capital for commercial litigation. During his tenure at Burford, Doroshow evaluated the investment potential of litigation matters.
From 2005 to 2008, Doroshow was the senior vice president of litigation and legal affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America, where he helped craft strategies to protect the copyrights of sound recording.
Steve Fabrizio, partner and co-chair of the firm's content, media and entertainment practice, said in an interview that changes in the practice largely mirror changes in technology. In its early days, Jenner & Block's entertainment practice was focused in Washington to assist with trade associations. Fabrizio said that nowadays location is irrelevant since the practice works as one cohesive unit. "We staff our matters in cases based on who is the best lawyer to work on the case," he said.
A number of the firm's attorneys have had a working relationship with Doroshow for years, Fabrizio said. "Ken joining Jenner was such a natural fit; that the only surprise was that it took so long to happen," he said.