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As a partner in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group, Jess is known for his creative deal-making skills and is a trusted advisor in many cutting-edge deals in the entertainment and media space, including those involving artificial intelligence.

Jess represents entertainment, media and tech companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing, distribution, venture capital and private equity transactions. Through this work, Jess has developed a significant practice representing leading artists in the music business, film and television talent and producers, as well as fashion designers, celebrities and athletes, in licensing, endorsement, production and content deals.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Columbia College, A.B.

  • New York

  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association