• B.A., University of California Berkeley

  • M.A., University of California Berkeley

  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)


  • State Bar of California - Section on Intellectual Property

Elliot P. Cahn

Over the past 32 years, Elliot Cahn has represented companies and individuals in the entertainment business, including musical artists of all genres, record companies, publishing companies, producers, merchandisers, promoters, managers, DJ’s and designers and manufacturers of music related software and mobile applications. 

Elliot has negotiated recording agreement for numerous artists, ranging from small deals with independent labels, to multi-million dollar deals with major labels.  
He has managed the careers of Green Day (through the Dookie album which sold 15 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy for best rock album), Testament, Fisher, guitarist Justin King and R&B songstress Goapele.
Elliot was the CEO of (510 Records) – a joint venture label with the Universal Music Group – and has music supervised two major studio films: Kevin Smiths' Mall Rats and Angus. He has taught courses at the law schools at University of California Berkeley and Santa Clara University, and has appeared on panels for conferences run by South By Southwest, CMJ, The Austin Music Foundation, California Lawyers for the Arts, the Music Tech Summit and the Westcoast Songwriters Association.
Elliot started his music career as a singer and guitarist. While at Columbia University he and some friends started a band called Sha Na Na (named after a scat line in the '50's hit "Get A Job"). The band found international fame after playing at the Woodstock Festival, and Elliot toured and recorded with them for four album cycles. Elliot left the band and played with ex-Sha Na Na member Henry Gross for another year, before moving to Bay Area and continuing his education at the University of California Berkeley where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree, Law Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Jurisprudence & Social Policy.

After finishing school, Elliot worked as the director of the Litigation Support program at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI International), where he specialized in advising attorneys on jury selection in high stakes trials.