Bo Andersen was first admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1971. He is admitted to the practice in California state courts and federal trial and appellate courts in the Ninth and Tenth Circuits. He became a name partner of Kalmansohn & Andersen, LLP in January 2007.
Andersen started his career as a Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. During his ten-year tenure with the Antitrust Division, he litigated a series of national price-fixing and corporate merger cases and supervised investigations in the motion picture industry. With the Antitrust Division he served as Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles Regional Office.
Andersen then served for several years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California and as an Assistant Division Chief in the Criminal Division. In that capacity he tried approximately Thirty (30) cases involving narcotics, government fraud, political corruption and other major crimes to jury verdicts without a loss.
From 1988 through 1995, Mr. Andersen served as Legal Director of U.S. Anti-Piracy Operations for the Motion Picture Association of America and, in that role, built much of MPAA’s criminal enforcement program, as well as its program of federal prosecution of cable and satellite “black box” manufacturers. He also co-managed MPAA’s legislative efforts to enact and upgrade state statutes designed to combat video piracy.
In 1995, Andersen joined the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA). [the predecessor organization to the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA)] as senior vice president and general counsel to represent North American retailers in a series of international trade talks in Geneva, Switzerland held under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Over three years, these trade discussions led to the WIPO treaty and, in the U.S., to the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
He also directed the Association’s joint activities with other entertainment industry trade associations to successfully thwart a wide variety of legislation proposed in numerous states and in Congress that would have restricted the content of motion pictures and video games. In this capacity, Andersen led the response of the home entertainment industry to more than 100 such censorship bills annually, and did not lose a single legislative contest while serving as general counsel. Moreover, he managed and won the federal civil rights suit brought on behalf of retailers to redress the seizure of every copy of the Academy Award winning film The Tin Drum by the Oklahoma City Police Department.
As President and CEO of VSDA and later EMA, Mr. Andersen designed and directed industry initiatives to market the value of home entertainment to consumers and preserve the intellectual property rights structure unique to entertainment retailing in the United States. He also expanded the Association’s representation of all home entertainment retailing sectors and maintained its leadership in legislative and legal affairs, including the successful litigation of federal civil rights lawsuits in seven states to bar enforcement of state laws restricting distribution of video games based solely on the games’ depiction of fictitious violence.
Mr. Andersen was responsible for the creation of EMA through the merger of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association and the VSDA. Andersen has since served as President and CEO of the EMA, the international trade association for the home entertainment industry and, in that capacity, represents a broad range of entertainment retailers before the U.S. Congress and before legislative bodies and governmental units in all 50 states and in Canada. He remains under contract through Spring 2008.
Mr. Andersen is a graduate of Dartmouth College and studied law at the Boston University School of Law, receiving his J.D. in 1971. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1971 and the California Bar in 1978. He is the father of three children.