Jeff Young
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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 thirty-two 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.

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 an associate counsel of an entertainment law boutique that represents 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, Hallmark and the Knowledge Network. Jeff has three full-length feature film music composing credits (along with numerous other short film credits), and was also the music mix engineer for some of Vivendi Universal'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. Jeff has also appeared before the BC Court of Appeal on a major Trademark infringement case.


Vancouver, Canada


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