Jonathan Lyons provides counseling to clients in all areas of the media industry, with an emphasis on publishing, copyright, employment and merchandising. His practice includes the representation of authors, artists, publishers, estates, and agents regarding publishing and ancillary agreements and copyright matters; negotiation of employment agreements for print and broadcast journalists, agents, and publishing executives; and counseling to new media companies and magazines regarding their intellectual property. Prior to founding the firm, he oversaw the literary law practice group at Savur Threadgold LLP. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the entertainment industry.
Jonathan is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Master of Science in Publishing Program, where he teaches a course on contract negotiation. Separately, Jonathan is also a literary agent and Vice President at Curtis Brown, one of the most venerable and prominent literary agencies in the world, where he represents writers in a variety of genres and oversees translation rights for the agency. He has also served as Chair for the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.
Jonathan received his degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At Cardozo he focused on intellectual property law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, for which he received the Jacob Burns Medal for Outstanding Moot Court Achievement. He is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Past Speaking Engagements:
“Writers Collaborating: Sometimes it gets Complicated,” Authors Guild webinar series (2017)
“Magazine Boot Camp,” January Academy, CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (2017)
“Are Today’s Standard Publishing Agreements Fair? A Symposium,” Book Expo America (2016)
“Attorneys, Agents and Managers in the Entertainment Industry,” City Bar of New York (2015)
“Traditional and New Trends in Trade Book Publishing,” NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section panel (2015)
“Understanding Publishing Contracts,” Writers’ League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference (2014)
“Electronic Publishing in 2013,” Writing Life series, New York Society Library (2013)
“Traditional and New Trends in Trade Book Publishing,” NYSBA Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section panel (2012)
“Digitization and Disruption,” On Copyright Conference, Copyright Clearance Center (2012)
“Writers Collaborating: Sometimes It Gets Complicated,” Authors Guild Bulletin (Fall 2017/Winter 2018), co-authored with Jesseca Salky
“Translation Contracts Require Expertise,” Association of Authors’ Representatives The Pitch newsletter (Fall 2017)
“Termination of Book Publishing Rights: An Overview,” IBPA’s Independent magazine (September 2016), co-authored with Jesseca Salky
“Contract Issues Related to Electronic Rights in Publishing,” NYSBA Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Journal (Summer 2012)