Skip to main content

Marc Jacobson

Entertainment Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 46 years
    Florida - FL 38 years
    California - CA 45 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marc

Learn Marc’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    90%
    Film finance, production and distribution; Creative talent--writers, directors, producers, actors. Music, all aspects. Songwriters, Publishers, Recording Artists, record labels. managers, concert promoters.

    47 years

  2. Internet
    10%
    Was General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer at Prodigy Communications. Wrote many form contracts, developed many internet concepts, testified before Congress on digital Millennium Copyright act.

    29 years

The firm focuses on filmed entertainment and music matters, but has broad and deep experience in most aspects of modern entertainment work, and internet related work. 

In the film and television industries, we act for individiuals and companies, from development through distribution and reversion, and each step between those, including financing, chain of title, above the line transactions and more.  

In the music industry, we represent labels, publishers, production companies, artists, writers, producers and everyone involved in the creation, recording and exploitation of music. In addition, we buy and sell catalogs, as well as handle loans against them for both lenders and borrowers. 

I work with colleagues with further expertise in copyright terminations, music management, record label administration as well as corporate finance, LLC operating agreements, and corporate financings.  As such we can handle most every transaction from beginning to end at very reasonable rates.

I have been elected to Super Lawyers every year since 2008, and have been listed in Chambers USA as one of the top entertainment lawyers in music in NYC since 2005.  Recently, Chambers USA added me as a highly qualified motion picture and televsion attorney as well.

I'm blessed with a happy, warm, funny family and a very full life.

 

Photos and videos

LegalMindsTV Interview - "Music and Film Licensing in the Current Digital Environment"

Location

Office
440 East 79 Street
11 Floor
New York, NY, 10075

Similar lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Gayle | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Television Creator & Executive Producer
Marc has been a tireless advocate as both a strategic advisor and savvy negotiator. He is always extremely responsive, and he brings his vast experience to every situation. Working with Marc inspires confidence and certainty that any assignment will be handled professionally and successfully. In addition, his large network of industry contacts enhances my business development efforts. Marc has my full and complete endorsement for his services.
Read less
Response from Marc Jacobson February 10, 2021
Thank you so much!
Posted by John | January 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always a font of knowledge
Marc is always there, from the regular contractual advice and negotiation involvement. The most important service for me is that at virtually any time I have a query, even immediately on a telephone call. Marc can give me the salient advice needed usually on the moment as his knowledge of copyright law particularly is right up to date.
Read less
Response from Marc Jacobson February 10, 2021
Thanks so much John!
Posted by April | January 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the biz!
I am so lucky to have been able to work with Marc on signing my first publishing deal. Marc goes above and beyond to explain all of the possible options I have as an artist. He answered all of my questions big and small, never made me feel stupid about anything I was confused about and took the time to make sure I always understood the terms of what we were working on. I really feel like Marc has my back! He not only protected my interests, he also made it a point to explain his points thoroughly and educate me about different clauses, options, niche legalities in the entertainment world, and so on, where I now feel stronger as an artist to make decisions and form my own opinions regarding future deals and offers. Marc taught me so much in such a clear and concise way. He is extremely accessible and always answers my messages/calls in a kind, timely manner. Marc is supportive, knowledgeable, gets to the point and gets the job done WELL! He gave me so much confidence to sign my deal! I will always go with Marc Jacobson! Highly recommend!
Read less
Response from Marc Jacobson February 10, 2021
April, thank you very much!
Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE & PROFESSIONAL
We’ve been working with Marc on a variety of music publishing projects for well over a year now. His legal counsel has kept our business secure. Marc does a great job researching and explaining the state of affairs without a lot of fluff. He gets to the heart of the matter. We can confidently proceed with peace of mind in 2021. I highly recommend Marc Jacobson, he truly understands the industry.
Read less
Response from Marc Jacobson January 15, 2021
Thank you!
Posted by Lisanne | January 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Transmedia Producer
Marc is the type of lawyer you wouldn’t want to start a project without. I had the good fortune of hiring him to represent my company on a number of projects needing consultation and contracts from copyright issues, work for hires, collaboration agreements, music rights, and project strategies. Marc never ceased to deliver the top shelf service and expertise legends are made of. Marc IS the “green light” of any project I undertake. His knowledge of the industry and dedication to elevating the craft is like no other. He is the captain who steers your project to the shores of success, avoiding the reefs of incompetent filmmaking and ill prepared undertakings. Frankly, I sleep better at night knowing Marc is in my corner allowing me to focus creative energies in bringing life to my projects. Often I am approached with the question, “How do I get an agent?” I always respond with the same answer, “ You don’t need an agent...you need a great lawyer.” It is my belief that often a lawyer is not thought of until there is a problem (usually a big one) or a significant project comes their way. This is a mistake. Your career, like your health needs to be maintained. Marc is the specialist that keeps the heart of my career pump life into the slate. He makes sure all the legal aspects of any endeavor are “buttoned up” with proper chain of titles, and releases from the get go. Like a heart specialist he counsels me on what’s good for my creative health and the things I best avoid. He always gives me the space to absorb his counsel and apply his recommendations. I’ve never known Marc to be wrong in his advice to me. Is he a super hero? In his field...yes. For I have come to regard Marc as my artistic parent who gives me the ‘yeh or neh’ whether I can ‘go play’ with other creatives on a project. When Marc gives me the okay, well, it’s like any kid who gets told by their parent it’s safe to go play with those kids in the neighborhood...their your super hero...that’s Marc.
Read less
Response from Marc Jacobson January 15, 2021
Thank you!
Posted by Phil | January 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT ATTORNEY
Marc Jacobson made us feel like an absolute priority. He is a strong, thorough, and knowledgeable attorney. Marc has provided me with sound, clear, and practical legal advice over the years. His billing is detailed, fair and honest. Marc is a good man yet tough, not one to be shaken easily. One of his greatest qualities is that he does not "sugar coat" anything, he is very straightforward. My opinions were valued, my doubts were reassured and the process was always explained. I couldn't have asked for a better law firm or attorney. Thanks Marc!!!”
Read less
Response from Marc Jacobson January 15, 2021
Thank you!
Posted by Russell | January 8, 2014
Quick, honest response
Although Marc was unable to assist me, he responded very quickly (on a weekend, too) and was specific about the scenario I was inquiring about, which pertained to management "shopping". He also answered my follow up question very quickly and honestly.
Posted by Claudia La Bianca | October 25, 2011
Super Lawyer Marc Jacobson
Marc as followed my film directing career and production business company for over 3 years and I coudnt work with a better lawyer. He knows what he's doing, I never have to worry, as soon as i walk into his office I know everything i was worried about it's gone :) I trust him, admire his confidence and knowledge and wont change him for no other lawyer!!!
Read less
Posted by Peter | October 21, 2011
Exceptionally experienced and connected attorney who specializes in all forms of IP in the Media and Entertainment industries.
Marc is an attorney unlike any other I have come across (and you know how many we deal with in business on a daily basis!). Aside from having an extensive Entertainment Practice career, he has contacts and relationships in the most unlikely circles (all good, I might add...) as well as being an adjunct professor in two of New York's most prominent law schools. His list of clients is a "who's who" of the Entertainment Industry, and what he doesn't know about the Entertainment and Media industries is simply not worth knowing. Other than that, he's a pretty funny guy too!
Read less
Posted by Lauren | October 13, 2009
Fantastic Lawyer and Business Person
Marc is knowledgeable, professional, connected and a pleasure to work with. He knows which issues need time to be discussed and which to move on. This is important as many lawyers want to discuss every issue at length whether material or not. He is more than a lawyer, more like a great business partner who has his side handled but also helps you look out for yours. The best.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-630 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Marc Jacobson, PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Direction By Appointment, Inc.
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Of Counsel
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Owner
  • Marc Jacobson, PC
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Turbochef Technologies, Inc
  • 2000 - 2000
  • President
  • Politics.com, Inc.
  • 1999 - 2000
  • President & Chief Operating Officer
  • www.my-cd.com, Inc
  • 1997 - 1998
View all work experience

Education

  • New York Univ SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • ACLU v. Reno
  • Internet was accorded the broadest possible levels of free speech protection
  • Price v. Niederlitz & Steele
  • Manager found to act as agent without a license.
  • Stratton Oakmont v. Prodigy Communications
  • $200 million action settled for an "apology"

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Founding Chairman, Section on Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law
  • 1984 - Present
  • Independent Feature Project
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • The Internet Alliance
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Direct Marketing Association
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 1999
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2010
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer, IP - Media & Entertainment
  • Legal 500 (US)
  • 2007
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2007
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2006
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2005
  • AV rating from 1980 to date
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1980
View all awards

Publications

  • IAEL - Co - Editor
  • Live Entertainment - a Handbook
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • The Art & Business of Screenwriting
  • The Art & Business of Screenwriting
  • 2013
  • Panel for NYC Bar Association
  • International Music Licensing
  • 2013
  • Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry
  • The Internet and Entertainment Law
  • 2008
  • Counseling Clients in the Entertainmnet Industry
  • The Internet and Entertainment Law
  • 2007
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Marc
Entertainment Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Jacobson's accurate and thorough answers to Avvo user questions are models of attorney expertise and professionalism."
Entertainment Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"i would certainly consider referring my clients to Mr. Jacobson in NY based on his Avvo answers: accurate, analytic and customized. His succinct and comprehensible analysis is what every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Entertainment Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Marc for close to 30 years. He has extensive knowledge of the law, fights hard for his clients, and treats those whom he represents with respect. Plus he has outstanding writing skills. Marc's a terrific lawyer and I endorse him wholeheartedly. Bruce Levinson"
Lawsuits and disputes
Immigration