David Kokakis currently serves as Chief Counsel of Universal Music Publishing Group, where he has worked for over a decade. He oversees the company’s global digital initiatives, business development strategies, contract negotiations, and litigation matters. He also serves as Chief Counsel, Digital Rights Management UMG/UMPG, which is a role focusing on joint-business development initiatives as between Universal’s label group and publishing group. Prior to his work with Universal, David was a partner in a media company that developed and managed businesses across many sectors of the entertainment industries, including book publishing, reality television production, music and sports talent management, consumer product development and corporate branding. He also practiced entertainment law for several years at various firms, including Greenberg Traurig, was the COO of a media company that managed radio and music properties, and owned and operated restaurants and bars in New York City.