Jay S. Kenoff is lead partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Kenoff & Machtinger, LLP, a boutique law firm concentrating on the entertainment industry.
He practices principally in the area of entertainment transactional matters, providing services to substantial businesses and corporations as well as to individuals and small companies. In addition to special events, Mr. Kenoff’s areas of practice include the fields of motion pictures, television, music, concerts, licensing, publishing, new media and intellectual property. He is also experienced in business and corporate law, real property and banking.
Mr. Kenoff’s representation of his clients includes literary property acquisition, trademark and copyright protection, licensing and merchandising agreements, employment agreements, film and television production, financing and distribution agreements, loan and security documents and negotiations with and on behalf of talent.
He is author of Entertainment Industry Contracts: Negotiating and Drafting Guide, Vols. 1 and 2, “Motion Pictures”, published by Matthew Bender, a reference resource for attorneys and business and legal affairs executives. His articles have been published in Entertainment Law Review and Entertainment Law and Finance, and he is on the Board of Contributing Editors of the latter publication.
Mr. Kenoff has served as a judge pro tempore and as a court mediator in Los Angeles County, California, and he has also been a professor of law at Northrop University Law School. He is a member of the California and Washington, D.C. bars.
Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Kenoff was educated at UCLA (BA, 1967), Harvard Law School (JD, 1970) and the University of Southern California (MS, 1974). He was on active duty for four years (1970-1974) in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve, achieving the rank of Commander; he is a recipient of the Freedom Foundation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.