Jay L. Cooper: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jay L. Cooper

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Founder, LA Entertainment Practice
Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Global Entertainment and Media
  • Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Media
  • Entertainment and Media
Contact InfoTelephone: 310.586.7888
Fax: 310.586.7800
Law SchoolDePaul University College of Law, J.D.
Admitted1951, Illinois; California; New York; Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships Century City Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; State Bar of California; American Bar Association (Former Chairman, Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries); International Association of Entertainment Lawyers.

BornChicago, Illinois, 1929

Jay L. Cooper's practice focuses on music industry, motion picture, television, multimedia and intellectual property issues. He represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters including recording and publishing agreements for individual artists and composers; actor, director, producer and writer agreements in film and television; executive employment agreements; complex acquisitions and sales of entertainment catalogs; production agreements on behalf of music, television and motion picture companies, and all entertainment issues relative to the Internet.

Jay has guest lectured at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, USC Law School, USC Music School, Stanford Law School, Boalt Hall, Tulane Law School, the Florida Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the California Copyright Conference, MIDEM, the American Film Market, the Cannes Film Festival, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the U.S. Copyright Society, and the American Bar Association. He is also a former adjunct professor of Entertainment Law at Loyola Law School.

Areas of Concentration

· Entertainment

· Intellectual property

Professional & Community Involvement

· Advisory Board Member, Entertainment Law Initiative, The Recording Academy 2001-Present

· Former President, The Recording Academy

· Member and Former President, California Copyright Conference

· Former Chairman, American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

· Member, Executive Committee and General Counsel of U.S.A. for Africa and Hands Across America

· Co-Chairman, Alliance of Artists & Recording Companies

· Board Member, SoundExchange

· Member, American Bar Association

· Member, California State Bar Association

· Member, Century City Bar Association

· Member, Illinois State Bar Association

· Member, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers

· Member, New York State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law - Music; Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, 1987-2014

· Listed, Variety, "Legal Impact Report," 2013

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2013

· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2013

· Named, U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012

· Listed, Daily Journal, as one of the 25 Leading Portfolio Managers in California, 2009

· Recipient, Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Service Award, 2009

· Named, Legal Media Group, The Best of the Best USA 2009 for Media Law, 2009

· Featured, Daily Variety, List of Top Dealmakers in the Entertainment Industry, September 2008

· Listed, Daily Journal, one of the Top 10 Copyright Lawyers in California, 2008

· Named, Hollywood Reporter, "Power Lawyers: Top 100 Outside Counsel," 2007 and 2008

· Featured, Los Angeles Business Journal, "Who's Who in L.A. Law," 2007

· Named, "Entertainment Attorney of the Year," LA County Bar Association's Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section, 2007

· Listed, Legal 500 United States, Media and Entertainment - Film, Music and TV, 2007

· Recipient, "Entertainment Lawyer of the Year" Award, Century City Bar Association, 2006

· Recipient, Texas Star Award, State Bar of Texas Entertainment & Sports Law Section, 2006

· Listed, Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, "California's Leading Lawyers Top 100," September 2006

· Name, Billboard Magazine, Entertainment Attorney of the Year

· Listed, Marquis "Who's Who In American Law," "Who's Who in America" and "Best of the Best 2000-2005"

· Recipient, Ed Rubin Service Award, American Bar Association, 2004

· Honored by Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Section as "Entertainment Lawyer of the Year," 2003

· Governors Award, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications


· Interviewed and Quoted, "Music and Law: The New Dealmakers," Billboard Magazine,February 7, 2004

· Author, "Withol v. Crow: Fair Use Revisited," UCLA Law Review

· Author, "Use of Fair Use," Los Angeles Bar Bulletin, Publishing Entertainment Advertising Law Quarterly

· Author, "Acquiring Music Rights for Motion Pictures and Television, Syllabus," Annual Program on Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, sponsored by Beverly Hills Bar Association and USC Law School

· Author, "Current Trends in Recording Contract Negotiation," published by The Recording Academy's Institute Journal

· Author, "Recording Contract Negotiation: A Perspective," Entertainment Law Journal, Loyola Law School

· Author, "The Ownership and Protection of Performers' Names - Legal Aspects Of The Entertainment Industry," published by the Beverly Hills Bar and UCLA

· Author, "Legal and Business Issues in the Digital Distribution of Music," Loyola Law School.

· Co-Author, "The Work Made for Hire Conundrum", Talent in the New Millennium, presented by the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers at MIDEM 2001, Cannes


· Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, "The Real Terminator: Terminating Copyright Transfers," October 2006

· Speaker, The Sound of the Deal, "Future of Digital Distribution", Los Angeles, California, October 2005

· Speaker, MusExpo, Los Angeles, California, May 2005

· Speaker, Digital Hollywood/"P2P", Santa Monica, California, March 2005

· Beverly Hills Bar Association, November 2003

· University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1999 - present

· Harvard Law School, 1985 - 2004

· Practicing Law Institute - "Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry", 1977 - 1997

· California CPA Foundation

· ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries

· The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

· California Copyright Conference

· MIDEM (International Music Industry Market): Lecturer, 1977 - 1985, 1996 - 1997

· The Cannes Film Festival

· Digital Hollywood

· The American Film Market

· UCLA Law School

· Texas Bar Association

· American Intellectual Property Law Association, Mid-Winter Institute, "Recording Contract Negotiation: A Perspective"


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Jay L. Cooper

1840 Century Park East, Suite 1900
Los AngelesCA 90067-2121


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