Jeff Young - Media, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer

Jeff Young is an active member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canada and the State Bar of California, USA.

Jeff received his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, where he also studied Commerce. He began his twenty-three year legal career in corporate and real estate law. He ultimately focused on intellectual property, new media, sports and entertainment, particularly in film/TV and music. Companies that have received his legal work include Fox Family Channel, the OutTV Network, the Vancouver Whitecaps, Shavick Entertainment, the Shaw Rocket Fund, and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (click here to view the participation medal and certificate).

During his successful legal career, Jeff has negotiated with major entertainment and media corporations including Virgin, BMG, Disney, Sony and Warner/Chappell. He acted for and advised a Grammy and other award winning artists, and was a managing partner of an entertainment law boutique that represented international, local major, and independent film and TV clients. He currently acts for a number of Vancouver music publishers, film companies, sports franchises and live entertainment venues in negotiating business deals involving media, film, music, sports and entertainment.

As a post-secondary educator, Jeff currently teaches film and music law at the University of Victoria as an adjunct professor, and New Media Law in the Faculty of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He was also the founding Head of the Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program at the Vancouver Film School. Jeff was also formerly the head instructor of the Public Speaking program at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Commerce and taught and wrote adjunct curriculum for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.

Jeff is also a music composer, producer and supervisor with credits on numerous critically-acclaimed recordings including projects delivered to Warner, Universal, CBC, CTV, NBC, Global and the Knowledge Network. He is affiliated with a prominent US music supervisor with Oscar and Grammy award-winning credits. Jeff has been a guest panelist at Music West - in 2001 as a speaker on the topic of "Your Band is Your Business", and a few years earlier as the moderator for the topic, "Music for Film and Television". In 2002, Jeff had an opportunity to work with the New York based Grammy nominated R&B recording group, City High. Jeff was a juror for the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2004. Jeff was also the music mix engineer for some of Vivendi Universal & Radical Entertainment's most successful video games: The Hulk, Dark Angel, and The Simpsons' Hit and Run, considered by many critics to be "the best Simpsons game ever".

Previously, Jeff has acted as lead counsel on one of the largest business immigration cases in Canada, a case that ultimately won at the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also been the Vice-President of a medium-sized Vancouver-based media company as its executive business development advisor.

Jeff is based in Vancouver, Canada, and his hobbies are skiing and snowboarding, cycling, attending symphonic concerts and hockey games.