Areas of Practice
The world of music is ever growing and evolving, and we’re not just talking about sound trends. With the consistent introduction of varying revenue streams and distribution channels, the opportunity for profit grows, but so does the complexity. Jon takes pride in clearly explaining and navigating the often foggy landscape of entertainment law and its relationship to music industry professionals of all types. He helps clients draft and negotiate contracts relating to recording, publishing, licensing and distribution, sponsorship and merchandising.
Ideas, tangible or not, are the most important things to protect in today’s competitive creative market. With so many channels and constantly replenishing feeds to watch out for, tracing the ownership and originality of a design, brand name, or invention needs the laser-focused eye of a trained attorney. Jon will handle the search, application, and filing process of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. And if your idea has been infringed upon, he and his team of litigators will negotiate the best possible licensing and settlement agreements.
Defamation & Image Rights
Maintaining the integrity of your public image is an inseparable part of your business, whether you’re a creative individual or a small company. Protecting your privacy and your public image from slander and libel is only one side of the coin; negotiating sponsorships, public appearances, and endorsements is the other. Jon advises on both, offering litigation and dispute resolution, defamation (pre and post publication), and other image protection mechanisms—all so you can amplify and control the way you want the world to see you.
TELEVISION, FILM, & THEATRE
The way people consume entertainment is constantly in flux, so the laws must adapt quickly. Jon Jekel strives to anticipate these changes so you can focus more on creating a performance of a lifetime. Jon can draft and negotiate development, production, financing, and sales & distribution agreements. Tailoring each contract according to a project’s scope, size, and budget, he is prepared to secure the appropriate creative rights for all talents involved.
Demystifying art law is in itself a creative practice. It requires finesse, strategic structuring, and, in many ways, empathy. At the end of the day, art and its worth is profoundly personal. In such matters, mediation or arbitration almost always yields the most fulfilling results. However, should the occasion arise, Jon is more than prepared to move into litigation. From artists, agents, dealers, galleries, museums, and auction houses, his clients have always walked away from their disputes or deals knowing that their core interests were preserved.
LIABILITY & RISK
Whether you run a theater, recording studio, or an eCommerce website, all businesses need to minimize their legal liability and risk. Jon will assess the structure of your operation, such as its physical or digital space, the types of products you sell, who your consumers are, what type of company you have filed under (LLC, Inc, etc.), and so on. From there, he will tailor the right risk plan, complete with permit applications, insurance policies, and more, so you can worry less about liabilities and concentrate on growing your business.
FASHION, APPAREL & TEXTILE LAW
Fashion law is a little bit like the Wild West. There’s a lot of potential, but the rules can be convoluted and vague at best. Protecting a brand or even a single design involves intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. A successful case requires creativity and flexibility. Jon has advised boutique design houses, individual designers, and illustrators and graphic designers, helping them protect their products against copycats large and small, and guiding them through manufacturing ethics and labeling laws.
DIGITAL MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY
The internet, software, and technology are so pervasive that we can’t remember having ever lived without them. They make our lives simpler, but behind the curtain are fluctuating challenges in protection and monetization; challenges that Jon stays two steps ahead of. He has helped engineers, inventors, gaming startups, and entrepreneurs develop, license, sell, and maintain ownership over their creations. He has also negotiated purchasing and partnership agreements for larger investment companies looking for their unicorn.
The startup and small business marketplace is still a new and fierce frontier that requires legal advice from an attorney who is deeply entrenched in the particulars of venture financing. Jon offers a competitive advantage that can help you save money and make more of it in the long run. He has steered corporations with a balance of legal, business, operational, and financial strategies that had clear execution and built-in problem-solving contingencies. This holistic approach is essential to any company looking to grow.