Karyn Ablin

Karyn Ablin


  • University of Virginia, J.D., Order of the Coif
  • Oral Roberts University, B.A., B.S., summa cum laude


  • French


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 4th and D.C. Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Wisconsin

Karyn Ablin is a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. and specializes in intellectual property issues, especially those relating to music licensing and other copyright-related issues. She has more than two decades of experience representing broadcasters and others before the Copyright Royalty Board, the ASCAP Rate Court, and other federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Karyn also counsels clients in issues relating to the use of music and other copyrighted content, especially with regard to the statutory license applicable to webcasting and the use of music by over-the-air broadcasters, satellite radio operators, and telecommunications providers. She also negotiates music licenses and represents clients in music licensing fee disputes and has experience litigating patent, trademark, and non-intellectual property matters, including those before federal regulatory agencies and federal courts.

Fun Fact

Ms. Ablin received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was an Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. She graduated with two undergraduate degrees, summa cum laude, from Oral Roberts University, majoring in math and music. She also studied at the Sorbonne in France, Martin Luther University in Germany, and the International Institutes of Law and Social Change in the Netherlands, as well as Northern Arizona University.

Karyn was named by The Legal 500 US as a “recommended lawyer” for copyright law both 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA.

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