About

The Jacobson Firm, P.C. is primarily an intellectual property law firm that handles all domestic and international trademarks, copyrights, and licensing issues. They provide services to the music and entertainment industries, as well as to those in the sports, esports, jewelry, creative and visual arts, video, multimedia, photography, television, fashion, magazine, games, and internet industries.

We aim to provide outstanding and affordable legal services to individuals and corporations.

Our goal is to be on the cutting edge of current and developing intellectual property issues to best serve our clients worldwide.

We strive to provide exceptional, complete services and creative solutions for all of our clients’ legal issues.

(212) 683-2001
jeffrey@jacobsonfirm.com

Jeffrey E. Jacobson

JEFFREY E. JACOBSON is a member of the Bars of the State of New York and District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, in addition to Federal trial courts, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. He is President of the Jacobson Firm. P.C. In New York City and Westhampton as well as an Adjunct Professor. Named a SUPER LAWYER for the third time in 2016, he has been Av rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years. Previously, he served as attorney for SESAC, Inc., the music licensing and performing rights organization.

For over thirty five years, he has been a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and has served on the Editorial Board of the society’s journal since 1989, been a Trustee, sat on on the Executive Committee, and co-chaired their web committee. He also founded the Urban Intellectual Property Seminars program conducted by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. He serves on numerous entertainment law committees and is extremely active in the copyright bar. Jeffrey teaches Advanced Music Business at Ramapo and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY for a decade instructing students about Music Business Contracts. He has also taught Copyrights and Music Publishing as well as The Business of Music at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City for several years.

Jeffrey is a prominent figure on the lecture circuit, having spoken at many institutions including the American Guild of Authors and Composers, the Songwriter’s Guild, the Center for Media Arts, Fordham University, Pace University, the Detroit School of Law, the American Federation of Musicians, the Media Law Project Seminar of New York Law School, the Mid-America Music Conference, The CMJ (College Music Journal) annual conference, Philadelphia Music Conferences, the Black Radio Exclusive Conference, the Touro Law Center, and many others. Some of his lectures are available on videotape and cassette, including a lecture entitled “Copyright in the Performing Arts,” published on the audio cassette periodical “The Audio Lawyer,” and distributed by the American Law Institute.

Adding to this impressive list of accomplishments, Jeffrey currently serves on the prestigious Communications and Media Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has served on their Entertainment Law Committee, Trademark & Unfair Competition Committee, Copyright and Literary Property Law Committee and CLE faculty as well as their special N2K Task Force. Heading the subcommittee in the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association, Jeffery composed reports on topics such as “Satellites,” “Copyright Renewal,” and “Copyright Law Compliance for Authors” as well as Chairing their Broadcasting, Sound Recording and Music Committee. He was also on the Advisory Committee of the New York Music Task Force, Inc., and has served as Vice-President of the Performing Arts Unit of B’nai Brith.

He was born in the Bronx and received his degree in Philosophy from Fordham University at the age of 19. Working his way through college as Manager of the Criterion and Embassy Theatres on Broadway he attended New York Law School. While there, he won the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition with an article on Copyright and Fair Use which was published in the Fall 1980 issue of “Communications and the Law” and serialized in New York Law School and Pace University Law School publications. He also clerked in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from New York Law School in 1980 at age 23. In his pre-attorney life, Jeffrey managed several bands, served as a consultant to record companies, was President of a music production company, Vice-President of an advertising group, and President of two music publishing firms. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in American Law,” “Who’s Who in Entertainment,” “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America,” and “Who’s Who in the East,” as well as many other domestic and foreign biographical works. Jeffrey is also a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, The Audubon Society, and many other civic and entertainment organizations.

(212) 683-2001
justin@jacobsonfirm.com

Justin M. Jacobson

JUSTIN M. JACOBSON is an entertainment, sports and media attorney in New York City.  Admitted to the New York State Bar in 2012, he is also a member of the Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  A member of the American Bar Association since 2012, Justin was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2016.  He currently contributes articles on legal issues in music and entertainment for TuneCore and has authored various industry articles published via many music business resources, including HypeBot.  He has enjoyed scholarly publication in The Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the Touro Law Review.  All the while, Justin has found time to serve as an Instructor of the Music Business at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City.
 
An Associate with The Jacobson Firm, P.C., Justin represents numerous high-profile clients including: Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher Marcus Stroman and his “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart” brand; Warner-Chappell producer J-Dens (Kat Dahlia/ Epic Records “Gangsta” & “My Garden”);  MusicAllStars Publishing Singer, Songwriter and Producer Matthew Steeper (Ultra Records, Armada Music, Enhanced Music, Spinnin’ Records); G-Unit Records recording artist and “Love And Hip Hop: New York” star Precious Paris; Former NY Jet Donald Strickland and his Visionary Moments brand; celebrity DJ/Producer Joshua “Zeke” Thomas (Tommy Boy Records) and his Gorilla Records label; celebrity jewelry designer Laurel DeWitt (Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki, Swizz Beatz, Usher, will.i.am); Latin Grammy nominee and BMI Latin award-winning producer Carlos Escalona (Paulina Rubio, Chino Y Nacho); producer Vulkan The Krusader (A$AP Rocky/RCA Records); Fine artist and illustrator, Misha T (Vibe Magazine); International live art competition ArtBattles; Athletes For Art Renaissance Tour; Goofy Froot; and, Producer/DJ Exodus (Ultra Music, Armada Music, Vicious Recordings).  Justin has also been General Counsel to Brooklyn-based internet radio station, PNC Radio. 
 
Justin spoke at Cardozo Law School as part of “Beyond The Billboard: Advertising Law in the Fashion Industry” panel presented by their Fashion Law Committee. He is actively involved in philanthropic works, serving on the Board of Directors and handling charitable event production for The Big Gary Brown 68 Foundation, founded by Super Bowl XXXI champion and former Green Bay Packer, Gary Brown.  He has also worked with New York Giant Rashad Jennings to raise funds for The Rashad Jennings Foundation.  Justin additionally began spreading his creative entrepreneur wings with the formation of Label 55, Ltd., a marketing and consulting agency for lifestyle brands and musicians.
 
Earning his law degree from Touro Law Center in New York in 2011, Justin worked with the Touro Law Review; served twice as the President of the Touro Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Law Society; and actively participated in the Touro Law Intellectual Property Society.  During his law school career, Justin interned in the Business and Legal Affairs Department of Tommy Boy Entertainment as well as in the Legal and Membership departments of performing rights organization, ASCAP.  
 
Justin made history as the first college intern at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C., where he streamlined www.copyright.gov’s Frequently Asked Questions section and designed the official step-by-step PowerPoint Tutorial for the new electronic Copyright Office (eCo) site.  He also worked at MTV in the Digital Music and Website Development Department, dealing extensively with  digital music video distribution.
 
He learned the ropes of Marketing and Promotions at reggae label, RAS Records (which subsequently became a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records), subsequently working in the Digital Hometaping Royalties (D.A.R.T.) department of the Alliance of Artists and Record Companies.  From there, he went on to intern in the Marketing and Promotions department of Poker Life Magazine.  He also helped co-found D.C. Partyline, a D.C. based non-profit promotions and marketing firm. The company soon expanded its promotion and event production services to New York City and London. 
 
Prior to joining The Jacobson Firm, Justin earned his B.A. in Sociology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

(646) 736-7782
pvelez@velcip.com

Pablo G. Velez

PABLO G. VELEZ’s practice encompasses all areas of immigration law, with emphasis on business and family immigration. Mr. Velez has represented and assisted international and domestic businesses, professionals, and individuals from all over the world in the successful filing and petitioning of various immigrant and non-immigrant visas for corporations, families, and investors. He also has significant experience with refugee matters, especially with asylum cases, and has represented clients in removal proceedings before the United States Immigration Court.

Mr. Velez also has extensive experience in representing and defending in-state and out-of-state insurance carriers in both litigation and arbitration forums in numerous civil litigation matters, with particular emphasis on no-fault/PIP and insurance fraud.

Mr. Velez is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Mr. Velez also studied abroad at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Mr. Velez is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He speaks both English and Spanish.

(646) 736-7782
peter@velcip.com

Peter J. Cipriano

PETER J. CIPRIANO’s practice focuses on providing legal advice and corporate guidance to domestic and international corporations of all sizes with emphasis on corporate formation, compliance and governance, as well as general business planning and strategy. He has significant experience in assisting domestic companies establish a presence and conduct business in Asian markets, as well as assisting foreign companies with all of their corporate and business immigration needs in order to conduct business in the American market.

Mr. Cipriano also has extensive experience in representing and defending global in-state and out-of-state insurance carriers in both litigation and arbitration forums in numerous civil litigation matters with emphases on no-fault/PIP, insurance fraud, subrogation, premises liability, and products liability.

Mr. Cipriano is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he graduated with high distinction, and is a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. He received his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Cipriano also studied abroad at the University of Tokyo under an academic scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Mr. Cipriano is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He speaks both English and Japanese.