NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that prominent media, entertainment and sports lawyer David W. Sussman has joined the firm's nationally recognized Content, Media & Entertainment (CME) Practice as special counsel in the New York office. Mr. Sussman has more than 25 years of experience in legal and leadership positions at some of the most prominent companies in the media industry, having served as the chief legal officer at NBCUniversal's Content Distribution Group, general counsel and executive vice president at MTV Networks and general counsel and chief operating officer of the New York Yankees.
"We are excited to welcome David to the firm," said Andrew H. Bart, co-chair of Jenner & Block's CME Practice. "As a seasoned lawyer and strategic business advisor, his deep understanding of the media, entertainment and sports industries will help us expand and enhance the capabilities that our practice can offer to its clients."
As a trusted advisor, Mr. Sussman has routinely counseled senior management on litigation risk, as well as the potential business risks of new competitive, legal or regulatory developments. He represents network, studio and online distributors and other media companies as well as sports teams and leagues in transactions, licensing arrangements, content distribution agreements on both traditional and digital platforms, start-up opportunities, intellectual property protection, and compliance. Mr. Sussman also provides those clients counsel on mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
"David is a highly skilled lawyer who has been responsible for critical deals and litigation of many iconic New York companies," said Susan J. Kohlmann, managing partner of the firm's New York office. "I look forward to working with him to enhance our reach and reputation in the market."
Before joining the firm, Mr. Sussman helped establish an entertainment and media practice at an international law firm, where he represented companies on transactions, licensing arrangements and litigation in the entertainment and media industry. In addition to his roles at NBCUniversal, MTV and the New York Yankees, he also served as an operating partner at a middle-market private equity firm, where he developed and led acquisitions of businesses across the entertainment, sports and media sector.
As a former chief legal officer and general counsel, Mr. Sussman joins a long list of GCs who have joined Jenner & Block. In January, former Olin Corporation General Counsel George H. Pain joined the firm as a partner, effective March 1. Other former GCs and chief legal officers who are currently or have recently been partners at Jenner & Block have come from organizations such as the Federal Communications Commission, General Dynamics, General Motors, 3M Corporation, SPX Corporation, Exelon and others.
Mr. Sussman earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. and M.A. in political theory from the University of Pennsylvania.
ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK'S CONTENT, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT PRACTICE
Jenner & Block's Content, Media & Entertainment (CME) Practice unites a set of highly skilled and nationally recognized lawyers who use their legal experience and business savvy to help content providers succeed. Whether they are known as intellectual property lawyers, business litigators, First Amendment advocates, M&A attorneys, privacy and data security lawyers or something else, these lawyers have one thing in common: They understand the highly complex and constantly changing challenges distinct to companies in the content, media, entertainment and sports industries.
ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK
Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com) is a law firm with global reach, with more than 500 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. In 2016, The American Lawyer named Jenner & Block to the A-List, which recognizes the top 20 US law firms. The American Lawyer also recognized the firm as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States six of the past nine years; the firm has been ranked among the top 10 in this category every year since 1990.
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