Phillip Hill is an associate in Kirkland's New York Office. His practice focuses on litigation and counseling in the fields of copyright, trademark, trade secrets, right of publicity, art, advertising, and cyber law. He represents and advises clients in music, online media and services, technology, sports, live event production, television, theater, visual art, print publishing, consumer products, and financial services.

He also represents and advises non-profit corporations and individuals in a variety of pro bono matters, including songwriters and recording artists, orchestras, music venues, museums, comic book artists, middle-income micro-entrepreneurs, asylum applicants, and civil rights organizations.

He also is active in educational efforts in copyright, media, and technology law. He teaches a section of Harvard Law School's "CopyrightX" course, and also teaches "The Law of Music" at the New England Conservatory.


Thought Leadership


How to Take Advantage of the New Federal Trade Secret Law, Legaltech News (2016) (with Joseph A. Loy)

Federal Trade Secrets Bill Poised to Become Law, Kirkland Alert (2016) (with Joseph A. Loy and Paul Daniel Bond)

Article, Law is Code, 10 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 297 (2015) (with William Li, Pablo Azar, David LaRochelle, & Andrew W. Lo)

Statutory Damages: A Rarity in Copyright Laws Internationally, But For How Long?, 60 J. Copyright Soc'y U.S.A. 529 (Summer 2013) (with Pamela Samuelson & Tara Wheatland)

Using Algorithmic Attribution Techniques to Determine Authorship in Unsigned Judicial Opinions, 16 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 503 (2013) (with William Li, Pablo Azar, David Larochelle, James Cox, Robert C. Berwick, & Andrew W. Lo)

Note, Fix It in the Mix: Disaggregating the Record Producer's Copyright, 26 Harv. J. L. & Tech. 325 (2012) (winner of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology Outstanding Student Note Prize)


IP Training, Carnegie Hall (March 2018)

How to Protect Your Music, Harvard Law School/Harvard Business School 2018 Entertainment & Media Conference (February 2018)

The Law of Music, New England Conservatory (Fall 2015–Present)

CopyrightX, Harvard University (Spring 2013–Present)

Indigenous Music Rights, Harvard Law School (Fall 2016)

Film Scoring Contracts: Understanding Your Rights, Berklee School of Music (April 2013; March 2012)


Kirkland & Ellis Pro Bono Service Award 2013–2018

New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Award 2014

Immigration Equality Safe Haven Award 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section:

  • Vice Chair, Copyright Litigation Committee
  • Music Subcommittee Chair, Copyright Litigation Committee
  • Music, Sound Recordings, and Performing Artists Committee
  • Visual Arts, Dramatic Works, and Motion Pictures Committee
  • Trade Secrets and Interference with Contracts Committee


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2014New York


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2013

    Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Student Fellow

    Summer Academic Writing Fellow, 2011

    Dean's Scholar - Copyright

    Dean's Scholar - Evidence

    Dean's Scholar - Legislation & Regulation

    Dean's Scholar - Music & Digital Media

    Dean's Scholar - Patent

    Board of Student Advisors

    Submissions Manager, Article Director, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology

    Recording Artists Project, Director

    Committee on Sports & Entertainment Law, Entertainment Chair

    Teaching fellow for Profs. Hanson, Fisher and Nesson

  • The University of Texas at AustinB.A., Music & Plan II Liberal Artswith Honors and High Honors2006

    Lee & Joe Jamail Endowed Presidential Scholar

    August Kunz Academic Scholar

    George H. Mitchell Undergraduate Research Award