Matt Oppenheim


Founding Partner

Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP

Matt Oppenheim is the founding partner of Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP. Matt is a nationally recognized litigator with over 30 years of experience litigating complex disputes, with a recognized expertise in technology, copyright and trademark. Matt is regularly called upon by clients on a wide range of matters involving content, brands and related commercial and strategic issues.

Matt has been honored with recognitions by many different groups. Billboard magazine has named Matt multiple times to its distinguished “Top Music Lawyers” list, which honors lawyers on the front lines of the music industry’s legal battles and deals. Chambers USA has ranked Matt as a leading intellectual property litigation lawyer, noting that Matt “attracts plaudits for his successful IP litigation practice.” One source told Chambers that Matt is “an aggressive litigator, who is very pragmatic, creative in finding solutions and client-friendly.” Super Lawyers has identified Matt as a “Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Washington, DC.” Best Lawyers has also repeatedly recognized Matt for his work as a copyright lawyer. And, Law360 named Matt a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar.”

As a trial lawyer, Matt has served as lead counsel in obtaining many of the largest copyright and trademark verdicts in history, including a record-breaking $1 billion jury verdict against Cox Communications for the music industry, and a $34 million verdict against Book Dog Books for the educational publishing industry. On behalf of both large and small clients, Matt has argued and tried cases in federal courts nationwide, and negotiated resolutions of complex multi-party disputes for a wide range of clients. Matt’s long-time clients are some of the most prominent in the world in the music, educational, and publishing industries.

Matt and his law partner, Scott Zebrak, created Oppenheim + Zebrak because they had a vision that the practice of law should be different from big law. O+Z emphasizes real collaboration among colleagues to provide long-time clients with the best representation possible.

Prior to launching Oppenheim + Zebrak, LLP, Matt was a partner with Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, DC, where he co-chaired its Entertainment and New Media Practice, served as the Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America, where he handled a number of milestone cases, including both the Napster and Grokster cases, and was an associate with Proskauer Rose, LLP.