Jonathan Lyons is a partner at Lyons & Salky Law, LLP. He provides counseling to clients in all areas of the entertainment industry, with an emphasis on publishing. His practice includes the representation of authors, illustrators, estates, and agents regarding publishing and ancillary agreements and copyright matters; negotiation of employment agreements for print and broadcast journalists, agents, and publishing executives; and counseling to new media companies and magazines regarding their intellectual property. Prior to founding the firm, he oversaw the literary law practice group at Savur Threadgold LLP. He has over fourteen years’ experience in the publishing industry.
Jonathan is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Master of Science in Publishing Program, where he teaches a course on contract negotiation. Separately, Jonathan is also a literary agent at Curtis Brown, one of the most venerable and prominent literary agencies in the world, where he represents writers in a variety of genres and oversees translation rights for the agency.
Jonathan regularly gives lectures and participates in panels on publishing law. Recent speaking engagements include “Are Today’s Standard Publishing Agreements Fair? A Symposium” at Book Expo America, the City Bar of New York’s “Attorneys, Agents and Managers in the Entertainment Industry” program, the NYSBA’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law “Traditional and New Trends in Trade Book Publishing” program, the Copyright Clearance Center’s On Copyright Conference, and the Writing Life series at the New York Society Library.
Jonathan received his degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At Cardozo he focused on intellectual property law and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, for which he received the Jacob Burns Medal for Outstanding Moot Court Achievement. He is admitted to the New York State Bar.