Jean-Paul Jassy is an experienced litigator at all levels, ranging from document-intensive, multi-million dollar business disputes to free speech and free press cases before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of California For over a decade, Jean-Paul typically has represented media and entertainment companies and others with free press, free speech and copyright concerns. He also has extensive experience representing small, mid-sized and large companies in business disputes and appeals.
Jean-Paul is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of First Amendment Law and Litigation-First Amendment. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.1 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. The publishers of Los Angeles Magazine and Law & Politics call Jean-Paul "one of the top First Amendment and media attorneys" in Los Angeles, and, for the eighth consecutive year, have recognized him as a "Rising Star" -- a peer-reviewed honor given to only 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California -- in the fields of First Amendment/media/advertising law, general litigation and appellate law. [See Article]
Jean-Paul and his work have been discussed in American Lawyer, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal and many other publications. He is often called upon to offer expert commentary on First Amendment and media law issues.
Jean-Paul has served as an adjunct professor at UC Irvine's law school, teaching a semester-long course on First Amendment law and another on media law. He also has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California Law School (teaching Constitutional Law II -- First Amendment law) and at Southwestern University Law School (teaching a course on the law of defamation, privacy and publicity). And, for four years, Jean-Paul taught legal and ethical issues in journalism, a required course for a journalism certificate, at UCLA Extension.
Jean-Paul has authored many articles on First Amendment, privacy and copyright issues, including a law review article concerning secret recordings that he co-authored with Gary Bostwick, Flanagan's Wake: Newsgatherers Navigate Uncertain Waters Following Flanagan v. Flanagan, 23 Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review 1 (2002).
Jean-Paul is on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law, a national committee of over 6,000 members, focusing on issues relating to legal counseling of print media, the telecommunications industry and electronic media. He is the former Co-Chair of the California Chapter of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), a non-profit information clearinghouse that monitors developments in media law and First Amendment rights.
Jean-Paul received a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School, where he was Chair of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and he has a B.A., with highest honors, in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.