Elliot Cahn

General Counsel

Elliot Cahn is the Primary Counsel for Pacific Records. Over the past twenty-three years, Elliot has served as attorney for Primus, Papa Roach, Rancid, Exodus, The Offspring, Luce, Charlie Hunter, Ocean Park Music Group, and producers Mark Needham, Jim Scott, and Bryan Todd, as well as a number of independent record labels, publishing companies, merchandise companies, and film producers. He has managed the careers of Green Day (through the Dookie album which sold fifteen 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 a joint venture label with MCA Records and has music supervised two major studio films: Kevin Smiths’ “Mall Rats” and “Angus”.  He has appeared on music panels for conferences run by South By Southwest, CMJ, The Austin Music Foundation, California Lawyers for the Arts, Music Tech Summit and the Westcoast Songwriters Association, and is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and law schools around the Bay Area.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 4 album cycles. Elliot left the band and played with ex-Sha Na Na member Henry Gross for another year, before moving to the 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, taught at the law school of the University of Santa Clara, and returned to the music business in 1975.