Jassy Vick Carolan LLP




Of Counsel
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 brings unique insight into the entertainment industry’s complex deals and accompanying business and legal needs, having spent time as a business and legal affairs executive at a premium cable network with its own in-house studio.   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.


An influential media company concerning the confidential investigation of and subsequent arbitration concerning misconduct by senior executives.

A major film studio in investigating and defending against sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims.

A major gaming company in successfully resolving contract disputes following a cross-border equity acquisition.

A major record company in successfully resolving antitrust claims related to streaming music services.

A nonprofit organization providing legal advice regarding internal employment investigations, various potential wrongful termination and employment discrimination claims, and severance issues in connection with a reduction in force.


Super Lawyers
     Rising Star 2022


L.A. Chapter of Federal Bar Association
      Co-Chair, Younger Lawyers Division


Judge Arthur L. Alarcón
     U.S. Court of Appeals
     Ninth Circuit, 2013-2014
Judge Otis D. Wright II
     U.S. District Court
     Central District of CA, 2011-2013


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (JD, magna cum laude, 2011)
     Order of the Coif
     Chief Technical Editor
          Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

University of Southern California (BS, magna cum laude, 2008)


New York