Skip to main content

Jay L. Cooper is the Founder of the Los Angeles Entertainment Practice and focuses his practice on music industry, motion picture, television, Internet, multimedia and intellectual property issues. He represents individuals and companies on intellectual property matters and contract negotiations, 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 and digital services.


  • Intellectual property
  • Copyright
  • Agreements for Music, Publishing, Film, Television
  • Internet



  • MusExpo
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • The American Film Market
  • The Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • California Copyright Conference
  • MIDEM (International Music Industry Market)
  • The Cannes Film Festival
  • Digital Hollywood
  • The American Film Market
  • University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • UCLA Law School
  • USC Law School
  • Stanford Law School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Tulane Law School
  • Texas Bar Association

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law - Music; Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television, 1987-2024
  • Team Member, a Law360 “Media & Entertainment Practice Group of the Year,” 2022
  • Named, Billboard magazine, "Top Music Lawyers," 2017-2023
  • Listed, Variety, "Legal Impact Report," 2013, 2022
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2004-2023
  • Listed, The Hollywood Reporter, "Power Lawyers: Top 7 Legal Legends,” 2020
  • Listed, Euromoney's Expert Guides, "Best of the Best," Media, 2019
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2018
  • Recipient, SESAC Visionary Award, 2017
  • Listed, Variety, Dealmakers Impact Report, 2014 and 2016
  • 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
  • Recipient, Entertainment Attorney of the Year Service Award, Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI), 2009
  • Recipient, Entertainment Attorney of the Year, Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Board Member, Music Industry & Recording Technology at York College of Pennsylvania 
  • 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
  • Member, New York Philharmonic, International Advisory Board
  • 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
  • Former Chairman, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Entertainment Law Committee
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
  • California
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States