Jay Cohen

  • Lecturer in Law

Jay Cohen is a partner and co-chair of the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Cohen is also a lecturer-in-law at the University Of Chicago Law School where he teaches trial advocacy.

He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and corporate counselor, particularly with regard to his comprehensive expertise in media, intellectual property and antitrust disputes. Cohen is one of a select group of nationally recognized trial lawyers in The Legal 500, and he is also recognized in Benchmark/Institutional Investor, Chambers USA and The Legal 500 as one of the leading media and entertainment lawyers in the United States.

He has represented the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in numerous rate setting litigations and dealings with the Department of Justice.

Other representations in the music industry over the past two decades have included mechanical rate setting proceedings before the Library of Congress for the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA); Warner Music Group, in a series of federal and state antitrust class actions alleging price fixing among various major recording music companies; and Sony Music in one of the first litigations establishing the scope of recording artists’ digital rights.

He clerked for Judge James Hunter III of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cohen received his J.D. from the University Of Chicago Law School in 1980 and his A.B. from Cornell University in 1977.