On January 5, 2022, Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter announced the appointment of Suzanne “Suzy” Wilson as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the United States Copyright Office, effective January 31, 2022. Wilson will have responsibility for an extensive portfolio of regulatory, litigation, and policy matters for the Office.
The Office stated that Wilson comes to the Office as a highly respected and experienced copyright lawyer and litigator. After clerking for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, she practiced at law firms in Los Angeles, most recently for more than a decade as a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, where her practice focused on intellectual property litigation and counseling for internet and technology clients. While at the firm, she was recognized as one of the top intellectual property lawyers and one of the top women lawyers in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. She subsequently served as deputy general counsel for The Walt Disney Company, overseeing the company’s intellectual property and interactive and media legal functions, including a wide range of complex copyright issues involved in litigation, policy, and transactional work.
Wilson serves as a board member of a nonprofit legal services provider and co-chairs an advisory board for a nonprofit, nonpartisan youth voter registration organization. She earned her JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.