Milt Olin – A Distinguished Career
MiltonEverett Olin, Jr.
February 23, 1948 – December 8, 2013
Milton Olin was a founding partner in the Los Angeles Law Firm of Altschul & Olin, LLP where he practiced Entertainment, Internet & Intellectual Property, and Business Law. The Firm’s clients include both firmly established and start-up companies, as well as creative artists and entrepreneurs.
Immediately prior to founding the Firm in 2004 with his partner David Altschul, former Vice-Chairman of Warner Records, Milt was Senior Counsel to the national law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips where he was recruited from his role as Managing Director of Strategic Counsel, a New Media rights consulting firm. Prior to that, Milt was COO of the original Napster, where he was ultimately tasked with obtaining licenses for the proposed Bertelsmann-backed, licensed peer-to-peer service. Milt came to Napster following his efforts in launching FirstLook.com, a company initially funded by Kleiner-Perkins and Idealab! that provided targeted marketing services on the internet for producers of music, movies, television programming and videogames.
That effort followed Milt’s 14-year career at A&M Records, where he rose to the level of COO & Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs and was responsible for all legal and business aspects of the company prior to the consolidation of A&M in wake of its acquisition in 1999 by Vivendi/Universal. Artists for whom Milt was responsible included The Police, Sting, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, and Toby Keith among others.
Milt began his career as a lawyer in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, where he was an equity partner and practiced Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA where he was awarded membership on the UCLA Law Review, and Bachelors of Arts degrees awarded with High Honors in Sociology and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.