Previn Warren


Previn Warren is a trial lawyer who works to protect the rights of individuals against unfair and abusive conduct by technology and media companies.

Over the course of his career, he has litigated numerous cases against conglomerates like Sirius XM, Google and iHeartMedia, forcing these companies to compensate artists at fair rates for use of their music. His work has generated hundreds of millions of dollars* in additional royalties for content creators.
Previn also represents children whose addiction to allegedly defective social media products has led to depression, body dysmorphia and attempted suicide. Previn is also examining a variety of other problematic practices within the technology industry, including the undisclosed surveillance of consumers and the use of biased algorithms to make hiring and lending decisions.
Prior to his time at Motley Rice, Previn worked as a partner at a large corporate firm in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he led multiple litigation and trial teams in cases that sought to reinforce protections for musicians in the face of rapidly evolving technology. In 2020, Previn’s representation of SoundExchange, a digital performance rights nonprofit, resulted in a substantial increase in the royalty revenues that musicians will receive from internet radio services. He also secured a significant victory for copyright owner plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against a hip-hop website, establishing a landmark precedent concerning infringement in the era of streaming. In other matters, he helped recover $150 million* in underpaid royalties for plaintiffs, and was a key player in a rate-setting trial in 2017 that achieved the largest-ever increase in the royalty rate owed by Sirius XM.
Previn clerked for former Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland in the D.C. Circuit shortly after completing his legal studies. He also worked as an enforcement attorney and senior advisor to the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Previn is active in his community. His work in politics includes serving as counsel to the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg and serving as a criminal justice policy advisor for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. His pro bono legal work has included arguments before the D.C. and Seventh Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals to protect the constitutional rights of prisoners, as well as a federal court challenge to the conditions of confinement in South Carolina’s juvenile detention centers. Earlier in his career, Previn served as an investigator for the Federal Defenders of New York, assisting prisoners in seeking reductions to their sentences.
* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.


J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2011

A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 2004

Licensed In

  • District of Columbia

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh and D.C. Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Federal Claims


South Asian Bar Association

Awards and Accolades

2019 D.C. Rising Stars