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JASON BOYARSKI

Managing Partner

jboyarski@boyarskifritz.com

(212) 920-4925 ext.101

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PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Music

  • Film, Television & Podcasts

  • Copyright

  • Trademarks

  • Tech & Digital Media

  • Branding & Sponsorships

  • Executive Employment

  • Corporate

PROFESSIONAL HONORS:

  • Billboard Top Music Lawyers​

  • Variety Power of Law Honoree

  • Super Lawyers Top Lawyer

  • New York Magazine Leading Lawyers

PUBLICATIONS:

BAR ADMISSION

  • New York State Bar

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District, NY

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District, NY

JASON BOYARSKI, named as a top entertainment lawyer by Billboard, Variety, Super Lawyers and New York Magazine, has a broad array of legal and business experience which runs the gamut of the entertainment, media and technology industries. With past posts at some of the most distinguished names in media and entertainment, Jason's vast experience, coupled with his innate ability to understand the thought-making process of creators while recognizing trends in the marketplace, makes him a trusted and valuable advisor. 

Today, as a co-founding and managing partner of Boyarski Fritz LLP, Jason's practice is on the cutting edge of multi-industry trends through the representation of a diverse set of clients across many practice areas. Jason's expertise is well-rooted in deal-making in entertainment, technology and media, branding, consumer goods, intellectual property, content licensing, infringement claims, settlements, corporate matters, trademark, executive employment, venture capital and other various transactions.  Jason has been cited as an industry expert by many leading publications including The New York Times, Time, and The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Jason's high-profile clients have included Grammy-winning and multi-platinum certified recording artists, music producers and songwriters, music publishing companies, record labels, management companies, social media influencers, celebrity personalities, entertainment industry executives, actors and reality television personalities, podcast production companies, film/television companies, retailers, consumer goods brands, apps and websites, live event companies, authors, booking agencies, digital media firms, marketing agencies, tech entrepreneurs and many more.

Prior to launching Boyarski Fritz LLP, Jason served as the Senior Vice President & GM for Warner/Chappell Music from 2008 to 2011. There, he oversaw the U.S. company’s East Coast operations and he was instrumental in executing a broad array of the company’s core business, including the strategy and procurement of new artist and songwriter signings, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and film and television projects. Jason played a key role in high-profile signings and extensions including Paramore, Katy Perry, Wale, Green Day, Claude Kelly, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Van Halen, Gucci Mane and Michael Bublé, among many others. While at Warner, Jason also oversaw the company’s marketing initiatives, including brand strategies, website development, digital communication strategies and initiated various new media arrangements, merchandising, and licenses in traditional and non-traditional formats. While at Warner, Jason was separately a partner and co-founder of the marketing agency HeadOverHeels Collective which provided marketing services to companies in the entertainment, fashion, retail, media and consumer goods industries. 

From 2002 to 2008, Jason held various posts at Universal Music Publishing Group, which included over six years at BMG Music Publishing before it was sold to Universal. In his most recent position as Vice President, Legal & Business Af­fairs, Jason served as a key business and legal executive for all facets of the company’s business affairs and develop­ment, including the company’s U.S. publishing catalogs and production music divisions. Jason was instrumental in negotiating deals with high profile talent including Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Nelly, Christina Agu­ilera, Wu Tang Clan, Ben Folds, Joan Jett, Hall & Oats, Slayer, Ne-Yo, Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Pitbull, Macy Gray, Nas and Linkin Park, among many others. Jason also over­saw the branding and trademark strategies relating to the company’s vast production music libraries and served as a member of the company’s New Media Committee where he developed the company’s strategies in emerging technology markets.

 

Prior to joining Universal, Jason was as an Associate in the Trade Practices & Regulatory Law Department at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, with a general focus in intellectual property law and mu­sic licensing. While at Weil, Jason represented various broadcasters and webcasters, including MTV and CBS, in rate-setting proceedings for new royalty rates for the streaming of sound recordings over the Internet. Jason also represented the Radio Music Licensing Committee in obtaining new public performance royalty rates with BMI. Lastly, Jason negotiated an array of web-based license agreements for a wide range of clients. 

 

Before Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Jason served as a clerk in the music division at Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Wein­stein, LLP. Prior to entering law school, Jason served in the Promotions Department at Epic Records/550 Music. Jason began his career in 1996 as a Production Assis­tant at NBC’s “Today Show”.

 

Jason received his Juris Doctor in 2000 from the Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude with a concentration in Intellectual Proper­ty Law and was inducted into the Order of the Coif as member of the top 10% of his graduating class. While attending Cardozo, Jason served on the editorial staff of the Cardozo Law Review as the Administrative Editor, was awarded the H. Bert & Ruth Mack Scholarship, and served as the Panels Chair of the Entertainment Law Society. The Cardozo Law Review published Jason's note entitled The Heist of Feist: Protection for Collections of Information and the Possible Federalization of “Hot News” (21 CARDOZO L. REV 871), which went on to receive First Place honors in the International Intellectual Property Writing Competition.

 

Jason received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University.  While at Emory, Jason was a college rep and intern for Sony Music Entertainment.

 

Jason is currently a member of the New York State Bar, First Department and is also admitted to the U.S, District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Jason currently resides in Brookville, New York.