General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights
Suzanne “Suzy” Wilson is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the United States Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective January 31, 2022.
Wilson is responsible for an extensive portfolio of regulatory, litigation, and policy matters. She provides legal guidance to the Office’s divisions, implements 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.
Before joining the Office, and after clerking for the Honorable Warren J. Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Wilson worked in private practice at leading law firms in Los Angeles. Most recently, for more than a decade, she was a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, focusing 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 also 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 a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Before attending law school, Wilson worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staff member.