Jeffrey Payne represents entertainment, media clients, and fashion clients nationwide, with a focus on copyright, trademark, and First Amendment litigation and pre-litigation counseling; brand enforcement; clearance and vetting; and production legal. Jeff also has broad experience representing clients in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, arbitration, mediation, and in connection with internal and government investigations.
Prior to joining Jassy Vick Carolan, Jeff was a business and legal affairs executive at Showtime Networks Inc. and, before that, an associate at a large private law firm where he practiced intellectual property, employment, and complex commercial litigation, defending clients in entertainment and media, intellectual property, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, securities, and corporate-governance matters, among others. Jeff also maintained an active pro bono practice, centered on international human rights issues, for which Human Rights First awarded him a 2016 Pro Bono Star Award for his outstanding pro bono work on behalf of asylum seekers. During his time at Showtime, Jeff served on ViacomCBS’s Pro Bono Committee.
Jeff received a B.S. in music industry, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California and earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, where he was the chief technical editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. Jeff was also a Sayre McNeil Scholar at Loyola, a title awarded to the top 5 percent of each class. After law school, Jeff clerked for Judge Arthur L. Alarcón of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Otis D. Wright II of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.