Netflix Legal Department
License our cutting-edge legal content to strengthen your thought leadership and brand. David Hyman is Netflix`s General Counsel and is responsible for all legal and public affairs of the company. He has held this position since 2002 and is also secretary of the company. Video streaming giant Netflix has set up a robust in-house legal department. In 2019, an in-house legal lab was created to train more lawyers in the skills needed to navigate Netflix`s complex web of international deals with content creators, and has been steadily expanding its staff ever since. Hyman`s team is reviewing the company`s licensing and talent deals, such as the mega-deal with Shonda Rhimes; Advising on legal issues as diverse as a legal dispute over the portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in “Enola Holmes” and an indictment against Netflix in Texas in connection with the film “Cuties”; and helps the company find its way in regulatory waters abroad. David Hyman, Netflix`s general counsel, leads the streamer`s legal and public work. He has been with the company since 2002, previously as General Counsel. He is also a member of Netflix`s “Lstaff,” an in-house group of executives from various departments who advise on some of the company`s biggest decisions. Hyman, a native of Washington, D.C., bit his teeth as general counsel during the bursting of the dot-com bubble at now-defunct online grocer Webvan before getting the job from Netflix. He joined the company as it prepared for its IPO.
Listen to The Refresh, Insider`s real-time news show. Law firm executives can learn from a recent change at Netflix if they try to avoid dissent. A recent change in Netflix`s corporate policy — likely sparked by the controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle`s 2021 stand-up special — offers advice to law firms navigating the current battle between institutional priorities and employees` personal values. Prior to Netflix, David was General Counsel at Webvan, an online retailer, after serving as Senior Legal Counsel. He also practiced law at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and not at Fox in Washington, DC. Netflix management made a splash in cultural waters last week by changing an internal corporate culture statement to clarify that, first, the network will continue to program “for a variety of audiences and tastes,” and second, if an employee finds some of this content “harmful,” then “Netflix may not be the best place for you.” Disclosure: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider`s parent company, Axel Springer, is a member of Netflix`s board of directors.