Kevin J. Greene

 A graduate of the Yale Law School and a veteran of the United States Marines, Professor Kevin Jerome Greene is a tenured professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he teaches Contracts and Entertainment law as well as Intellectual Property (“IP”) in the Legal Cannabis Industry.  Greene has also served as a visiting professor at University of San Diego Law School.
Before entering academia, Professor Greene practiced law in New York at the premier law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he represented high profile companies such as Time Warner and HBO in litigation matters. He later joined NY’s top entertainment law firm, where he represented clients such as film director Spike Lee and iconic music artists Harry Connick, Jr., Bobby Brown and the seminal rap group Public Enemy.  Professor Greene was the first law professor voted a Top Ten attorney by the San Diego Bar in the field of IP in 2005. Greene ‘s extensive IP scholarship is cited in numerous legal publications and in Congressional hearings. His current projects explore IP in the context of  hip-hop music and the legal cannabis industry.​
In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Greene serves as an expert witness consultant in Contracts and IP cases, including for funk music legend George Clinton in a copyright case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Greene has also worked as an expert in copyright matters in the Central District of California and the Southern District of New York, and right of publicity and contract matters before state courts.
In 2016, the Intellectual Property Institute of the State Bar of California selected Professor Greene as its Vanguard Award winner, the highest award given by the Bar, in the category of Academics.  In 2018, the American Bar Foundation selected Greene as a Fellow.