I booked bands while attending law school. I managed a music group signed by Warner Brothers, I have over three hundred celebrity clients in the music business. I was qualified by the Lawyers for the creative arts as expert in all thier five areas, music, film, art, stage, and dance. I have also represented major comedians and tv personalities. I taught entertainment law at Columbia College and Kent Law School. I taught negotiation techniques at Chicago's Music Workshop and on a graduate level at Columbia College for 10 years. I have always tried to support midwest talent whether or not they were my clients and my other clients from outside of the Midwest. When I represented James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, for 15 years I administered his music publishing. I negotiated his film, record and merchdising deals. I negotiated his Pay Per Veiw tv show and got him the largest advance ever paid to a singer to that time. I gave him advise. I got Little Walter's daughter her father's royalities even though she had waited thirty years to ascert a claim. We handled most of the serious contract work for many Blue's and Gospel artists. I was involved in spreading Chicago House music around the world. I continue to speak at various conventions, and lecture to various groups.I guess I am best known for my contract work. I received two "A' in law school for my contract courses and went into that area.
I produced several tv shows including my our cable show, Backstage with Jay B. Ross. I hope to be able to upload several of them to YouTube and this cite shortly. My show concentrated on interveiws with various musical artists and discussed situations wherein they wished they had used an attorney.
We have also represented various record labels, production houses, producers, film companies, dance companies, fashion shows, fine artists, photographers, actors and comedians.
We have handled rights of publicity matters for many artists wherein we have collected when someone used their image without permission for non-first amendment purposes like tee shirts, post card and posters. We are suing the second largest seller of celebrity photos for not clearing rights of publicity.
Recently we have pushed to sign up as many recording artists and record companies as we could to collect digital royalties which have nothing to do with downloading, but are paid four times a year relative mostly to records that are given air play on satelite radio and we are actively pushing for the passage of the new law that would pay artists and record companies each time their record is played on any radio station. This would really help musicians. We are also getting royalties from recalcitrant companies who for whatever reason have not paid our clients, their artists, record or publishing royalies. We also go after film companies who failed to pay reuse royalties to the artists for the use of their voice in a motion picture. We also collect royalties for synchonization rights, mechanicals, Licensing, neighboring rights in Canada, and royalties from various entertainment organizations like AFTRA, BMI, ASCAP and others.
We also travel to Europe, Hollywood, New York, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Nashville to meet with our various contacts in those areas as our business is just as much contacts as it is contracts. The field of entertainment is a jealous mistriss.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hourly ($250-400/hour), contingent (20-33%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes), Pro bono (10%)
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Jay Ross is an excellent music business lawyer. We separately represent heirs to a pop composer's estate, and he has shown himself to be knowledgeable and practical, always with an eye toward moving a deal forward. Aside from his skills and experience, Jay is a mensch. He's a joy to work with, keeps the big picture in sight, and understands that he works for clients. No diva lawyer he. I recommend him without reservation.
David Bondy Entertainment Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
As a young, budding entertainment lawyer in Chicago, I have contacted Mr. Ross for advice on a number of complicated issues. He has graciously answered my questions, always amazing me with his sharp mind and his seemingly second-natured understanding of the industry. I have been told that he is "Dean of Entertainment Law" in the midwest. This I would not dispute, especially after working with him on a few matters and reviewing his list of clients over the past decades.
Benjamin Smyth Entertainment Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1968||11/12/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Chicago Music Awards||2009|
|Moot Court First Place||University of Illinois Law School||1966|
|Citizenship Award||Rockford Junior Chamber of Commerce||1959|
|Third Place acting award for whole state||State of Illinois||1959|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Highest possible||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Instructor in negotiation and music and publishing law||Music Industry Workshop||2008 - Present|
|President||Jay B. Ross and Associates P.C.||1984 - Present|
|Entertainment Law Instructor||Kent School of Law||1999 - 2000|
|Instructor||Columbia College of Chicago||1987 - 2009|
|Instructor||Columbia College of Chicago||1979 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||member||1987 - Present|
|ABA||N/A||1969 - Present|
|Decalogue Society of Lawyers||member||1969 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Asociation||member||1968 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|James Brown v. Corbis||pending|
|Shirley Jones, Bonnie Pointer, Anna Maria Alberghetti v. Corbis||pending|
|In the matter of Lawrence Terow||Successful|
|See all legal cases|
|Entertainment Law & Finance||Current Trends in Entertainment Law||1992|
|Chicago Daily Law Bulletin||Current Trends in Entertainment Law||1985|
|Chicago Daily Law Bulletin||Management Contracts||1985|
|Chicago Daily Law Bulletin||Recording Contracts||1985|
|Chicago Daily Law Bulletin||Music Publishing Contracts||1985|
|University of Illinois College of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1967|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1964|
|Seminar||Music Industry Workshop||2011|
|Seminar||music Industy Workshop||2010|
|Columbia College Graduate Level||Negotiation Techniques||2010|
|Ask A Lawyer TV show||Entertainment Law||2004|
|The Decalogue Society Seminars||The Practice of Entertainment Law||2003|
|MIDEM Convention (Cannes, France)||American Rights of Publicity||2002|
|New Music Seminar||Record Deals: How to Negotiate Them||1998|
|Cutting Edge Convention||Entertainment Law||1997|
|Guest Lecturer at Law School||Entertainment Law||1994|
|National Association of Independant Record Distributors Conference||Record Distribution Contracts||1992|
|Ask A Lawyer TV show, I orginally created the series||Entertainment Law||1991|
|University of Illinois Law School Guest Lecture||Review of Entertainment Law as to Music and TV||1989|
|National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Chicago Chapter||Management Contracts||1989|
|Cutting Edge Convention||Entertainment Law||1985|
|Chicago Bar Association, Entertainment Law Committee||New Trends in Entertainment Law||1984|
|Guest Lecturer at College||Rockford College||1977|
|Columbia College||Entertainment Law||1977|
|Billboard Music Conference||Music Publishing||1970|
|women in Film lecture||negotiation techniques||N/A|
|Grammy Organization Seminars- Several||Entertainment Business emphasis on Music||N/A|