Julie Swidler is Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Julie oversees both legal and business affairs for the company globally. As such, she provides guidance to Sony Music's labels and operating units on a wide variety of issues, including artist and employment contracts, third party agreements, digital technology issues, strategic negotiations, transactional matters and litigation.
Julie started her career in the music business in 1988 at PolyGram Records as Senior Attorney, rising to Assistant General Counsel and Vice President-Assistant General Counsel, North America, and Head of Business Affairs for Mercury Records before leaving to join Clive Davis at Arista and later J Records.
Julie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School, New York, New York, where she was a member of the Cardozo Law review.