Known as a “high-powered intellectual property litigator” (Daily Journal, 1/8/2015) and a “key figure in numerous high-stakes intellectual property fights,” Jeff is perennially recognized as one of California’s top intellectual property litigators by the Daily Journal, and has been listed among the nation’s top copyright litigators by Legal 500. Also noted as “a veteran of high-stakes music industry skirmishes” and for handling “some of the most complex copyright cases in the entertainment industry,” Jeff has been honored as one of the nation’s premier entertainment lawyers by Variety, and was awarded an Honorary Gold Record by the Recording Industry Association of America for his success in the Napster case, among only a handful of litigators to receive such an honor. He has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” (recognizing the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys) for fifteen consecutive years (2004-2018) by Thomson/Reuters.
His clients have included all of the world's largest record companies and music publishing companies, Apple, Coca-Cola, Timbaland, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Dre. He has litigated cases against the world’s largest airline, search engine, toy company, e-commerce retailer, and electronics retailer, as well as against some of the world’s largest drug companies, beer companies, automakers, and entertainment conglomerates. He has also prosecuted large-scale anti-piracy actions involving both digital and physical goods. His cases have figured prominently in the development of modern intellectual property and entertainment law, resulting in more than 100 reported judicial decisions, which have been cited in thousands of other reported decisions. With particular experience in the music industry, he has litigated hundreds of music copyright, trademark, and contract disputes involving more than 25 #1 records, and artists such as The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Eminem, U2, 50 Cent, Prince, Nirvana, Cher, Tupac Shakur, Mariah Carey, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Stevie Wonder, among many others.
In addition, Jeff’s 25 years of litigation experience, combined with his intensive training in mediation at the renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, gives him unique authority and ability to effectively mediate intellectual property and entertainment cases.
J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1991
B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California