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Jay Leslie Cooper, American Lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1951, California 1953, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1965, New York 1987. Named Entertainment Lawyer of Year Billboard magazine, 1975.


Cooper, Jay Leslie was born on January 15, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Julius Jerome and Grayce (Wolkenheim) Cooper.


Juris Doctor, De Paul University, 1951.


Worked at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Los Angeles, California) specializing in General Civil and Trial Practice in all Courts. Banking and Financial Services. Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights.

Corporate Finance and Securities. Election and Campaign. Entertainment; Environmental.

Estate Planning, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits. Family; Fashion Industry. Federal, State and Local Government.

Government Contracts. Healthcare; High Technology. Insurance; Intellectual Property.

International Trade and Customs. Labor and Employment. Land Use; Legislative and Administrative.

Motion Picture and Television. Music; New Media; Real Estate. Sports; Tax; White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Admitted to the bar, 1951, Illinois. 1953, California; 1965, United States. Supreme Court; 1987, New York.

Author: Wihtol v. Crow: Fair Use Revisited," University of California, Los Angeles Law Review. "Acquiring Music Rights for Motion Pictures and Television," Annual Program on Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry, sponsored by Beverly Hills Bar Association and University of Southern California Law School. "Current Trends in Recording Contract Negotiation," Published by the NARAS' Institute Journal.

"Recording Contract Negotiation: A Perspective," Entertainment Law Journal, Loyola Law School, 1981. "The Ownership and Protection of Performers' Names," published by the Beverly Hills Bar and University of California, Los Angeles, 1982. Co-Editor, "Record and Music Publishing Forms of Agreement in Current Use," published by Law-Arts Publishers, Inc., 1971.

Guest Lecturer: California Copyright Conference, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1977. Harvard Law School, 1985-1995. Practicing Law Institute Seminar on "Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry," 1977-1995.

University of Southern California-Advanced Professional Program "Legal Aspects of the Music and Recording Industry". MIDEM; Stanford Law School, 1987. Cannes Film Festival, 1994-1996.

Florida Bar Association. Texas Bar Association, University of California, Los Angeles Seminar on New Multimedia Technologies. Instructor: Practical Aspects of the Music/Recording Industry," University of Southern California.

Adjunct Professor, Entertainment Law, Loyola Law School. Entertainment Attorney of the Year, Billboard Magazine, listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," 1975. National President, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1975-1977.

President, California Copyright Conference, 1976. Chairman, American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, 1983-1985. Member: Beverly Hills (Member, 1966— and Chairman, 1973-1977, Entertainment Law Committee), Los Angeles County, Illinois State, New York State and American Bar Associations.

State Bar of California. International Bar Association. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP was founded in 1965 by Charles T. Manatt and Thomas D. Phelps.

Today, with approximately 160 attorneys in Los Angeles, Nashville and Washington, D.C., Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is recognized as one of the most influential law firms in the United States, and is particularly distinguished for its financial services, health, entertainment and government practice groups.


Member American Bar Association (chairman forum commission on entertainment and sports industries 1983-1986), NARAS (chapter president 1973-1975, national president 1975-1977), Beverly HillsBar Association (chairman entertainment law committee 1972-1975), California Copyright Society (president 1976), Los Angeles County Bar Association, California Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Los Angeles Copyright Society, International Association Entertainment Lawyers (Executive Committee), French-American Chamber of Commerce.


Married Darice Richman, July 30, 1970. Children: Todd, Leslie, Keith.