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Litigation, Antitrust, Cybersecurity & Data Protection, Employment, Insurance, IP Litigation: Copyright & Trademark, International Arbitration, M&A Litigation, Media & Entertainment, Securities Litigation, White Collar & Regulatory Defense




J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1980 cum laude; A.B., Cornell University, 1977 magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

The ‘knowledgeable and thorough’ New York-based team at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is well versed in high-profile controversies and investigations which gain nationwide attention. In 2017, such engagements included acting as lead counsel to 21st Century Fox in the internal investigation of claims against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes by female colleagues, and the investigation of claims related to former Fox News TV personality Bill O’Reilly; the legal team included Lynn Bayard, David Brown, Michele Hirshman, Daniel Kramer, and veteran litigator Theodore Wells. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil and the NFL. Jay Cohen is noted for his ‘good instincts and good judgment’. Jack Baughman, Jaren Janghorbani, firm chairman Brad Karp and litigation co-chair Michael Gertzman are names to note.

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Leading trial lawyers

Within: Leading trial lawyers

Jay Cohen - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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United States: Intellectual property


Within: Copyright

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is particularly noted for its representation of songwriters, music publishers and trade associations, but it also has expertise in the wider media and entertainment sector. The group represents the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in various matters, including major rate-setting proceedings. It is also representing Altice USA in a re-transmission consent dispute filed by CBS, which was resolved out of court. New York litigators Lynn Bayard, Jay Cohen and Les Fagen are the key contacts.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Key names in Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ‘extremely talented team’ include corporate partner Robert Schumer, M&A specialist Ariel Deckelbaum, Justin Hamill, who is ‘incredibly well versed in the field and extremely dedicated to the client and its needs’; finance expert Robert Zochowski, who is ‘highly knowledgeable and unbelievably responsive’; and ‘savvy litigatorsJonathan Kanter and Jay Cohen in Washington DC. The group acts for a diverse client roster, including Vice Media and Manitoba Telecom Services; the team advised the latter on its acquisition by BCE. Other highlights included assisting 21st Century Fox with multiple internal investigations relating to sexual harassment claims brought against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and political commentator Bill O’Reilly, representing Altice USA in a carriage discrimination complaint brought by the Game Show Network, and advising Endeavor on the formation of a China-based subsidiary. Attorneys listed are based in New York, unless otherwise specified.

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