© 2019 Paul Sommerstein music lawyer

Paul is a music attorney in private practice in New York City.

 

Paul began his career as showcase manager for the College Music Journal (CMJ), where he was responsible for booking artists for its annual convention as well as writing and editing for its weekly trade magazine. Soon after, he worked as a publicist at Nasty Little Man, an independent music publicity firm in New York, whose clients at the time included the Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Dinosaur Jr., Sick of It All, Shudder To Think, and others. While at Nasty Little Man, he became an assistant editor at the revered hip hop magazine, Ego Trip. After a brief stint as an A&R scout for American Recordings, he worked as publicist for Matador Records for two years before enrolling in law school at Brooklyn Law.

 

Today, Paul combines his true passions: pouring over record deals while playing music and eating oranges. After 20 years in the same East Village apartment, he now resides in Brooklyn with his beloved bicycle, vinyl, cassette, and extensive coconut head collections.

 

In his teenage years and extended adolescence, Paul was a tour manager, driver and merch seller for Skunk, New Bomb Turks and Corrosion of Conformity and published the critically acclaimed New Jersey fanzine, No Name Press.

 

Paul has spoken on several panels at various music conferences and legal seminars around the world, including SXSW, CMJ, by:LARM, New York Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, and others.