Veteran music executives and attorneys Milton Olin and David Altschul have joined forces to form Altschul Olin LLP, a Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based law firm.

LOS ANGELES--Veteran music executives and attorneys Milton Olin and David Altschul have joined forces to form Altschul & Olin LLP, a Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based law firm.

Altschul spent 21 years at Warner Bros. Records, exiting as executive VP in 2001. He recently served as negotiator for the Recording Industry Assn. of America in its discussions with the Recording Artists' Coalition.

Olin was most recently senior counsel at Manatt Phelps & Phillips in L.A. He was previously COO of Napster (2000-2002).

Olin was with A&M Records from 1984 to 1999 and left the company as senior VP of business and legal affairs. From 1975 to 1984, he was a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, which, ironically, later sued Olin on behalf of the major labels when he was directing operations at Napster.

Olin declines to identify the firm's first clients but says Altschul & Olin will represent music, entertainment and new-media companies.

Despite the partners' long association with the music business, the new firm will not stick exclusively to the music sphere. "Anybody who's focused only on music is going to lose their lunch," Olin says.

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