Jason Aylesworth began his law career as a file clerk for the music law firm of Mayer, Katz, Baker, Leibowitz and Roberts, P.C., which represented such music labels as Atlantic and Electra Records. After that firm’s dissolution in 1996, he worked for Sendroff & Associates, P.C. as an office manager and financial administrator. Inspired by that firm’s involvement in a wide variety of entertainment matters, ten years later, Jason attended Touro Law Center, while assisting with licenses, contracts and filings as a full-time Legal Assistant to Mark Sendroff.
While at Touro, he served as President of Touro’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Society, as well as a representative in Touro’s Student Bar Association. He also held positions as Treasurer for both the Intellectual Property Society and the ADR Society.
As an active participant in numerous American Bar Association (“ABA”) ADR competitions, Jason won both the Negotiation Competition and Arbitration Competition at Touro and placed Second in the Client Counseling Competition. In addition to representing Touro in the regional ABA Negotiation Competition in New York and ABA Arbitration Competition in Oklahoma, he competed successfully in two regional ABA Mediation Competitions.
Jason received a number of awards for his work at Touro, including a Graduation Award for his services to the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”), the CALI Award for Excellence for his performance in Drafting Commercial Documents and the 2009 Lawyer Assistance Trust Law School Award for his services as the Lawyers Assistance Program representative during his final year at Touro.
As an attorney for Sendroff & Baruch, LLP since 2009, he has represented a wide variety of artists in theatre, music, film and television including dramatists, directors and designers, as well as producers, music publishers and theatre companies.
Jason is an active member of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the NYSBA. He co-chairs both the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Digital Media Committee for EASL, and served as a co-chair on the Negotiation Committee for the Dispute Resolution Section of the NYSBA. Jason was recently appointed as chair of the newly formed Law Student Liaison committee for EASL. He created and moderated the EASL CLE programs “Crowdfunding for Theatre and Film Under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012” and “Game Not Over: Protection of Free Speech in the Video Game Industry,” as well as moderated the EASL CLE program “Is Manga a Crime? Non-photographic Images, Child Pornography and Freedom of Expression.” In addition, Jason’s articles “Mediation in Film, Television, Art and Real Life” and “The Childlike Novelty of Video Games, and Its Serious Progeny of Legal Challenges for Adults” were published in the Spring 2013 publication of “Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal.”
He has served as a guest lecturer at Touro Law Center, Cardozo Law School, Practicing Law Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts and the School of Visual Arts on such areas of law including Copyright, Contract Negotiation and Drafting Commercial Documents. Jason is developing and teaching a course for the Practicing Law Institute entitled “The Three S’s of Negotiation: Styles, Strategies, and Skills” for January, 2014, and will co-teach “Performing Arts and Law” for the Brooklyn College MFA Performing Arts Management Program in Spring, 2014.
Jason received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Fordham University, where he majored in Theatre and Economics, and a Certificate in Film Production at Brooklyn College. He is admitted to the Bar in both Connecticut and New York.