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Matthew Y. Kane

Matthew Y. Kane



  • Columbia University School of Law, 2011, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, Articles Editor
  • Northwestern University, 2005, B.S., magna cum laude, Communication Studies
  • Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain, 2004

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Matt is a senior associate in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group.

Matt advises and counsels clients on advertising, entertainment, media, technology, data privacy and corporate matters. Matt drafts, reviews and negotiates a wide array of contracts and agreements, including master services agreements, sponsorship agreements, celebrity endorsement agreements, influencer agreements, content creation/licensing agreements, promotion agreements, joint venture agreements, software/IT agreements, trademark license agreements, media planning/buying agreements, terms of use and privacy policies, contests and sweepstakes official rules, asset purchase agreements and loan documents. Matt regularly provides guidance to marketers on social media policies, advertising industry guidelines and regulatory compliance.

Matt currently serves on Reed Smith’s New York pro bono committee.

Prior to law school, Matt worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and the digital media industry in New York.

Employment History

  • 2011 - Reed Smith
  • Intern, Honorable Peter K. Leisure, U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York

Honors & Awards

  • Industry Group Recognition
    • 2016 Law Firm of the Year – Advertising Law (U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers)
    • Tier 1 for Media, Technology and Telecoms: Marketing and Advertising (The Legal 500 U.S. 2011-16)
    • Recognized for Advertising: Transactional and Regulatory - Nationwide (Chambers USA 2014-16)
  • Individual Recognition
    • Named a 2016 New York Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Entertainment & Sports

Professional Affiliations

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Associate Board Member