Daniel J. Schacht Partner (510) 451-3300 dschacht@donahue.com Download vCard LinkedIn

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Daniel heads the firm’s Music and Entertainment practice and co-chairs the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has had the good fortune of serving as counsel for top creative talent and entrepreneurs, including world-renowned musicians and the number one app. In addition to his licensing and business practice, his copyright and trademark litigation experience includes serving as co-counsel in the successful “Happy Birthday” lawsuit, described by The New York Times as “a lawsuit for the ages,” that put the world’s most popular song in the public domain, and as lead counsel in the recent Wixen v. Spotify lawsuit.

Giving back to his community is important to Daniel. He teaches Music Law at his alma mater, U.C. Berkeley School of Law; he provides California Lawyers for the Arts with pro bono services and seminars on the law and business of music; he served on the boards of Oakland Art Murmur, and the Great Wall of Oakland, which brings international attention to Oakland’s vibrant arts scene; and he currently serves as pro bono counsel to two of Oakland’s Community Benefit Districts. During law school, Daniel served as president of both the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Parents at Boalt, and was a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.  Before law school, he worked for a decade in the Bay Area music scene as a bassist, sound engineer, studio owner, and producer.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Law Firm Partner, Startup Legal Garage, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member, Rotary Club of Oakland
  • Member, California Lawyers for the Arts
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Great Wall of Oakland
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Oakland Art Murmur


  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Intellectual Property in Entertainment

Past Articles/News

Recent Speaking Engagements

March 01, 2018 | Oakland, CA
Discover Oakland Innovation: Music & Technology

September 29, 2017 | Oakland, CA
Oakland Chamber of Commerce – Oaklanders Talk Tech
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

September 12, 2016 | Oakland, CA
The Forgotten Asset: Copyright Law for Estate Planners
East Bay Estate Planning Council

September 11, 2015 | Oakland, CA
IP Attorney Daniel Schacht Moderates Panel at Oaklanders Talk Tech @ Pandora
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Past Speaking Engagements

  • The Merch Table: Licensing & Merchandising for Creative Artists, California Lawyers for the Arts, April 16, 2015
  • Crossing the Digital Divide, 32nd Annual Music Business Seminar: Licensing and Merchandising in the Music Business, California Lawyers for the Arts, January 31, 2015
  • Music Law Essentials Series, California Lawyers for the Arts
    • Contract Fundamentals in the Music Industry, May 20, 2014
    • Trademark Fundamentals in the Music Industry, April 17, 2014
    • Copyright Fundamentals in the Music Industry, March 25, 2014