Jeffrey Harleston

Jeffrey Harleston is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group worldwide. Harleston is a key member of the senior executive team and responsible for overseeing all business transactions, contracts, and litigation related to¬†UMG’s operations. He is also responsible for the development of corporate policies including the coordination of the company’s government relations, trade and anti-piracy activities so as to ensure a unified strategy across all of the company’s divisions.

Harleston has held a variety of senior legal and operational positions at UMG over the years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for North America. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President/Head of Operations for Geffen Records and Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for MCA Records. Before joining Universal, Harleston was Associate Independent Counsel during the investigation and prosecution of the Iran/Contra scandal. He has also worked as a litigation associate with the firm of Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. and, before law school, as an Account Executive for Saatchi & Saatchi Compton Advertising in New York.

Harleston received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley.