Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights
Kimberley Isbell is the Acting General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective December 6, 2021. She also serves as the deputy director of policy and international affairs, a position she has held since September 2019.
In her role as Acting General Counsel, Isbell provides legal guidance to the Office’s divisions, promulgates regulations governing the administration of the copyright system, advises congressional offices and other federal agencies, and develops legal positions in copyright litigation and other matters.
As deputy director, Isbell assists the Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs with critical policy functions of the Office, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. The Office of Policy and International Affairs represents the U.S. Copyright Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of copyright protection and enforcement and provides regular support to Congress and its committees.
Isbell joined the Office in April 2015 as senior counsel for policy and international affairs. Before joining the Office, Isbell worked as in-house counsel to a medical society and as an associate in private practice focusing on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement at area law firms. Isbell also spent time as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society of Harvard University, where she worked on issues of law and policy affecting new media startups.
Isbell is a graduate of Harvard Law School where she was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Record. She received her undergraduate degree with honors in social and behavioral science at Johns Hopkins University.