Anjan Choudhury is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced in Washington, D.C. Mr. Choudhury was named an “Up Next” rising star in entertainment litigation in Variety’s 2015 Legal Impact Report.
Mr. Choudhury practices in a wide variety of matters involving civil, administrative and appellate litigation, focusing primarily on matters for clients in the entertainment industry. He has represented clients in state and federal court as well as complex administrative proceedings, including before the Copyright Royalty Board, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Some of Mr. Choudhury's significant representations include:
- Representing SoundExchange on behalf of record companies and recording artists in a Copyright Royalty Board proceeding to set statutory royalty rates owed by webcasters for non-interactive streaming in the United States through the year 2020.
- Represented a major television studio in a wide range of litigation disputes, including matters concerning profit participation, copyright, licensing of digital rights on emerging platforms, exclusivity, and applications of California's seven-year rule.
- Represented Warner Brothers Records in a breach of contract action brought by the recording artist James Taylor and his former producer Peter Asher.
- Represented the American Psychological Association as amicus curiae in a number of early cases involving same sex marriage, including cases before the California, Iowa and North Carolina Supreme Courts.
Mr. Choudhury has also maintained an active pro bono practice. Past representative matters include:
- Represented the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), a non-profit service provider, in a variety of matters, including successfully obtaining a court order to protect the confidentiality of its shelter for survivors of human trafficking.
- Represented a national network of anti-human trafficking organizations as amicus curiae in challenges to multiple state immigration laws before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
- Represented a victim of human trafficking in federal district court in obtaining a million dollar judgment against her diplomat employers.
- Represented the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as amicus curiae at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving the meaning of “aggravated felon” provisions at the intersection of criminal and immigration laws.
Mr. Choudhury is the President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. He also is a member of the Board of Governors for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA), the Executive Committee of the Fulfillment Fund Leadership Council, and past member of the Board of the South Asian Bar Association Public Interest Foundation.
Mr. Choudhury served as a clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Choudhury received his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2004. While at Harvard, he served as an editor and supreme court chair of the Harvard Law Review, was elected First Class Marshal, was a semifinalist in the Ames Moot Court competition, where he earned the Best Oralist Prize, and was awarded the Dean's Award for Community Leadership.
Mr. Choudhury received his B.A. summa cum laude in political science from George Washington University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the John Morgan Prize. During his undergraduate education, he served as national director of political affairs for College Democrats of America.