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Allen L. Jacobi

Entertainment Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Allen Jacobi Law Office

  • Licensed for 51 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1972
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Allen

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On behalf of his music clients, Mr. Jacobi has been awarded gold and platinum records from such internationally acclaimed artists as The Eric Clapton Band, Trick Daddy, Inner Circle, Gloria Estefan, The Miami Sound Machine, Marilyn Manson and 2 Live Crew. Mr. Jacobi may be best known for his defense for the obscenity charges against 2 Live Crew. The victory made global news.

Early in his career, Mr. Jacobi represented most of the exponents of what was then known as the Miami Sound. His clients included Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, Peter Brown, KC & the Sunshine Band, etc.  Mr. Jacobi also represented Foxy and many of the producers responsible for consistent number one hits.

Miami’s proximity to the Carribean gave Mr. Jacobi the opportunity to work with Jamaican legends, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Zap Pow, Yellowman, Dennis Brown, the Bob Marley Foundation, etc.  In the area of Jazz, Mr. Jacobi represented such icons as Lionel Hampton (Grammy nominated album ‘Sentimental Journey’), the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius and Ahmad Jamal (for whom he acted as Executive Producer for his Grammy nominated album ‘Digital Works’).  Other Jacobi clients past and present include Cameo, Firefall, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), two time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada, Phillip Michael Thomas, Internationally renowned actress Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Winslow, Ocean Drive Magazine, Producers Ron and Howard Albert (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones), and visual artist Peter Max.

Mr. Jacobi was attorney and co-founder of Atlantic distributed Radio Records which produced the number one Billboard hit single ‘Stars on 45’ (Gold).  Allen’s interest in the music business was so keen that he became involved in the other aspects of the record business, such as marketing, promotion, A&R and sales.

In 1990, Mr. Jacobi was offered his own label. By 1991, Pyramid Records/Sony was a reality. The first signing by Jacobi as label head was Eagles guitarist and vocalist Joe Walsh. The first album was called Ordinary Average Guy.  The single, also entitled “Ordinary Average Guy”, leaped to the #1 position on the rock chart and the album sold over 350,000 copies. Also released on the label were international superstars, Asia, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Palmer, Stray Cats, The Doobie Brothers, Public Enemy, Lalah Hathaway (#1 single Forever, For Always, For Love), Edgar Winter, Stephen Stills, country star Ty Herndon, Earthrise – The Rainforest Album featuring:  U2, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting, Paul Simon, REM, Seal, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straights, Queen, Genesis and others.  In August 2008, Pyramid released Latin Urban sensation Baby Ranks’ new album, and on August 27, the album entered the Billboard Latin Music Chart.  Presently flying up the Latin Pop Charts is the single “Dejame Quererte” which is featured on Jon Secada’s newest album “Otre Vez” released in February 2011.

In 2003, Mr. Jacobi co-founded The Tube Music Network, a music channel featuring heritage rock artists and brought in an MTV alumnus to run the network. In late 2004, Mr. Jacobi negotiated his buy out of The Tube.  In 2005, Pyramid released two-time Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills’ fist solo studio album in 14 years, “Man Alive!” Mr. Jacobi has signed young artists, such as San Francisco rock band Finish Ticket to Atlantic Records, Miami R&B rap trio MMC da Click to Atlantic Records, and Miami rapper Prospectt to Cash Money Records. He is presently in negotiations with BMG to sign English rock quartet The 45′s to a publishing and artist development agreement

Increasingly Mr. Jacobi’s practice has grown to include the acquisition and distribution of digital rights, and the representation of corporate entities such as Digitrax (the nation’s largest producer of Karaoke music), Promo Only, Core DJ’s, Israeli technology company YouTab, Night Flight Network (80′s & 90′s Iconic Music Television Show) and manufacturing electronics giant Brother International Corporation.

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Location

Allen Jacobi Law Office
11077 Biscayne Blvd #200
Miami, FL, 33161-7419

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Posted by leslie | June 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Allen always closes the deal!
Allen has represented us for almost 25 years ranging from agreements in music publishing, artist management, production, and copyright infringement disputes. Each and every time we have worked together whether it is a label negotiation or an independent he always manages to make deals come to fruition, probably because he always does the right thing. Besides knowing all the player's in the industry he has such a deep knowledge of music it doesn't matter what genre he loves music! Allen, thank you for being there throughout the years. Besides being such a consummate professional you are an amazing person. I can't imagine having navigated the industry without you.
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Posted by Daniel | May 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, great person, great firm,
I've known Allen Jacobi for many years and I'm pleased to share that throughout all these years Mr Jacobi has represented me and in many occasions I have produced video and film content for his enterprises and clients. I most certainly recommend him and as a matter of fact I have done so to friends and business associates. He has never disappoint me nor any of the individuals I've reffered to him. Great lawyer, great friend.
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Posted by AD | October 13, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Allen Jacobl has been my attorney for the past 10 years. He's drafted several contracts for me from management to consulting agreements. He's introduced me to various clients that need services with radio promotions. He's probably the best entertainment attorney in the state of Florida. If you need an attorney to look over any contract that pertains to the music business, Allen is that guy for you. Give him a call. He's the best.
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Posted by ShawnTyrell | September 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
ALLEN GETS IT DONE!!!
When is comes to entertainment law, it sucks to be the person sitting on the other side of the negotiation table. Allen not only knows his stuff, but he has the experience, track record, contacts and client pool to back it up. Every deal I consider goes through his office.
Response from Allen Jacobi September 30, 2015
As sharp as record industry, marketing geniuses go Shawn is in there!
Posted by Jon | September 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence and experience
Allen Jacobi has represented me for years now. His success track record, experience and reliability in the entertainment business are among the best in his field.
Response from Allen Jacobi September 30, 2015
I have always been proud to represent two-time Grammy winner, Jon Secada!
Posted by jim | September 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Music industry veteran, not just a contract guy for entertainment
Anyone can write a contract, not everyone can make a del happen. In the real business of music, there are two big things that is needed and Allen does both. Know how to make a deal happen, and know the real players that either make it happen, or are doing it. Most importantly, he because if his experience, he knows if it's a good deal, or a bad deal. So many attorney's today have virtually no experience in the music industry and are simply contact attorneys that write contracts for their clients after they have put something together. But someone new in the industry can be taken advantage of with all the changes. Allen has the experience to make sure your deal is right and will happen, not just write another contract.
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Response from Allen Jacobi September 30, 2015
Jim is at the top of his industry as the founder and president of Promo Only, and has always been a great client.
Posted by Bruce | September 26, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Allen's talents and knowledge of the entertainment business is excellent. He's always ahead of the curve, liked and respected.
I first met Allen Jacobi in the early 80's while I was the Vice-President of A&R at Capitol Records. I took an immediate liking to Allen. It was refreshing to meet an attorney that also was a real and knowledgeable fan of music. I didn't sign his client, but I let him know that he had an 'open door' invitation to contact me at anytime. Though I was literally surrounded by influential power broker attorneys from L.A. NY, and London I found Allen to be more down to earth and passionate about every one of his clients. The fact that he was based in Miami was never a problem as far as I was concerned. After sixteen years with Capitol I decided to open my own artist management company. It was Allen Jacobi that I chose to represent me. That was 26 years ago! Well I am very successful and Allen Jacobi is still my attorney. I love him as a person and his work is excellent. I'd advise that anyone who is in need of legal representation or plain old good advice contact him. I could type many accolades about him, but I'm eating my limit. Oh, his rates are VERY reasonable and he cares. Good luck!!!!
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Response from Allen Jacobi September 30, 2015
It has always been a pleasure representing Bruce Garfield, whose clients and associates are the who's who of the music world.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President & Chief Counsel
  • Pyramid Records
  • 1995 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Allen Jacobi
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Jacobi & Jacobi
  • 1979 - 1995

Education

  • University of Miami
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Slip N Slide Records Inc. v. TVT Records LLC
  • Judgment for the plaintiff in the amount of $9.9 Million
  • Skyywalker Records Inc., v. Navarro
  • Federal Judge Gonzalez ruled album was obscene, reversed on appeal.
  • State of Florida v. Campbell, Ross, & Wongwon
  • They were found Not Guilty.
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Associations

  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
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Endorse Allen
Entertainment Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Allen. It is very difficult to find a caring and highly qualified attorney who will take it on himself to get a job done for the client, beyond what is expected. Allen Jacoby is such a find. He is diligent, caring, strong and reasonable. We worked together on matters relating to Copyright infringement and his knowledge of the law and his handling of the case was superb. I strongly recommend him."
Entertainment Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Allen is simply a terrific Entertainment attorney.If you want to deal to close then retain Allen"
Entertainment Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for Allen after I left the radio business and became a lawyer again. I had a lot to learn in the legal field and he was the guy I needed. I am still calling him with questions after all these years and probably will be for years to come. He's a student of the entertainment industry and a tireless learner, teacher and advocate."
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Miami Entertainment Lawyer Allen L. Jacobi
Allen L. Jacobi
Entertainment Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 51 years
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