|Jean-Paul (JP) Jassy litigates nationwide with an emphasis on disputes in the media, internet, First Amendment and entertainment arenas. He also routinely represents all types of businesses and individuals in multi-million dollar breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, copyright, trademark, idea submission and profit participation cases. JP's clients include internet giants, television networks, metropolitan newspapers, motion picture studios, nonprofits dedicated to free press and free expression, top-flight production companies and award-winning reporters. JP also routinely advises production companies and publishers in ways to avoid and mitigate liability.|
He has taught full-length courses on First Amendment and media law at prestigious law schools. For over a decade, his peers have named him annually to The Best Lawyers in America® in the First Amendment field, and recognized him six times as "Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles in his fields of practice. JP founded two law firms listed as Tier 1 (top tier) by US News & World Report, both nationally and locally. He has successfully litigated cases in the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. His work has been covered in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Washington Post, among other media outlets.
Tory v. Cochran, 544 U.S. 734 (2005). JP was counsel for Ulysses Tory in the US Supreme Court, which struck down an overly broad prior restraint on Tory’s speech about noted attorney Johnnie Cochran.
Boal v. United States (C.D. Cal. 2016). JP was lead counsel for Academy Award®-winner Mark Boal in a lawsuit that succeeded in protecting Boal's confidential sources and unpublished material from interviews with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl concerning the popular podcast Serial.
Burnett v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., 491 F.Supp.2d 962 (C.D. Cal. 2007). JP’s briefing secured dismissal of comedienne Carol Burnett’s copyright, trademark and right of publicity claims against Family Guy television program in one of the first cases to apply the fair use doctrine at the motion to dismiss stage.
Lieberman v. KCOP Television, Inc., 110 Cal. App. 4th 156 (2003). Represented television station in the first case to apply California’s anti-SLAPP statute to claims for newsgathering.
Sander v. State Bar of California, 58 Cal. 4th 300 (2013). Successfully argued on behalf of Prof. Richard Sander in California Supreme Court case recognizing a sweeping common law right of access to data maintained by the California State Bar, a judicial branch entity.
Arpaio v. Robillard, 459 F.Supp.3d 62 (D.D.C. 2020) & Arpaio v. Zucker, 414 F.Supp.3d 84 (D.D.C. 2019). JP was lead counsel for Huffington Post, securing dismissal of defamation, false light and tortious interference claims in two lawsuits brought by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
McDougal v. American Media, Inc. (Los Angeles County Superior Ct. 2018). JP was lead counsel for American Media, bringing an anti-SLAPP motion in response to a lawsuit concerning the editorial decision not to run a story.
Domen v. Vimeo, Inc. (2d Cir. 2021). Successful defense of video-sharing website Vimeo against claims for taking down channel for objectionable content.
Young America's Foundation v. Covino, et al. (C.D. Cal. 2016). Successfully defended the First Amendment rights of a diverse group of faculty and staff at Cal State L.A. from claims brought by a conservative group and commentator Ben Shapiro.
Enea v. Mother Jones Magazine and KGO-TV (Contra Costa Superior Ct. 2011). Successfully brought anti-SLAPP motion in defense of ABC affiliate from claims for defamation.
Booloon, Inc. v. Google Inc. (California Court of Appeal and Los Angeles Superior Court 2010).
Successfully defended Google from idea submission/trade secret lawsuits.
Thomas v. Los Angeles Times, 189 F.Supp.2d 1005 (C.D. Cal. 2002), aff’d, (9th Cir. Sep. 6, 2002). Successfully defended newspaper from defamation claim in an anti-SLAPP context.
The Best Lawyers in America® 2011-2023
Los Angeles "Lawyer of the Year"
2016, 2019, 2021, 2023
First Amendment Law
Litigation - First Amendment
Chambers and Partners
Media & Entertainment: First
Amendment Litigation - California
Super Lawyer 2015 - 2022
Rising Star 2005 - 2014
Freedom of Information Award – SPJ/LA
Univ. of Southern California Law School
UC Irvine School of Law
First Amendment and Media Law
Southwestern Univ. School of Law
Defamation, Privacy and Publicity
ABA Forum on Communications Law
Governing Committee (fmr.)
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Appellate Judicial Eval. Cmte. (fmr.)
First Amendment Coalition
Board of Directors
Media Law Resource Center
Past Co-Chair, California Chapter
Univ. of Southern California (JD, 1999)
UC Berkeley (BA, highest honors, 1996)