Jay L. Cooper: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Jay L. Cooper

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Shareholder; 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.
AdmittedCalifornia; Supreme Court of the United States; New York; Illinois (inactive)

Professional & Community Involvement

•Advisory Board Member and Founding Member, Entertainment Law Initiative, The Recording Academy 1998-Present
•Former President and Current Member, The Recording Academy
•Member and Former President, California Copyright Conference
•Former Chairman and Current Member, 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
•Co-Founder, International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
•Board Member, SoundExchange
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, California State Bar Association
•Member, Century City Bar Association
•Member, Illinois State Bar Association
•Member, New York State Bar Association

BornChicago, Illinois, 1929

Jay L. Cooper focuses his practice on music industry, motion picture, television, Internet, 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 law
•Intellectual property

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law - Music; Entertainment - Motion Pictures and Television, 1987-2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2015
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2015
•Listed, Variety, Dealmakers Impact Report, 2014
•Listed, The Daily Journal, Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers, 2014
•Recipient, Music Attorney of the Year Award, A&R Worldwide's International Music Industry Award, 2014
•Listed, The International Who's Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers, 2013-2014
•Listed, Variety, Legal Impact Report, 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 Attorney of the Year Service Award, Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI), 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

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.19.15 26 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in America
05.26.15 10 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide
12.09.14 Four Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Profiled in Variety Magazine's 2014 Dealmakers Impact Report
11.07.14 Greenberg Traurig's Daniel H. Black and Jay L. Cooper Named to Daily Journal's List of Top 50 Entertainment Lawyers in California
08.27.14 23 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America
06.04.14 Bruce Fischer, Chair of West Coast Real Estate, Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
04.17.14 Greenberg Traurig's Jay Cooper Receives Prestigious A&R Worldwide 'Music Attorney of the Year' Award
08.21.13 24 Greenberg Traurig California Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Published Articles

03.01.05 IAEL 2005 Celebrity
01.01.01 The Work Made for Hire Conundrum

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•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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