Creative lawyer with creatives in mind
Jared Tankel is an attorney specializing in intellectual property, entertainment and new media law. Jared’s interest in the creative arts began at an early age with weekly piano lessons. His passion for music was sparked, though, when introduced to the saxophone in the fourth grade. After graduating from Haverford College, where he majored in philosophy and German, Jared moved to New York City and almost immediately fell into the growing funk, soul and afrobeat scene. While pursuing music performance, Jared also expanded his involvement into the business side of entertainment, most notably as a co-founder of Independent Digital Entertainment & Arts (IDEA), a digital aggregator and distributor that worked with independent artists to get their catalogs marketed and placed on digital music services such as iTunes and eMusic.
After exiting from IDEA, Jared decided to head to law school to focus on the legal issues of intellectual property and the entertainment industry. Jared received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in May 2008. While at Fordham, Jared interned and clerked at Sony BMG Entertainment, Matador Records as well as two of New York’s most prominent entertainment and intellectual property law firms. Jared spent his first year after graduation working as a clerk and associate in the law offices of David J. Stein where he drafted and negotiated a wide array of contracts fundamental to the entertainment industry. He also conducted legal research and assisted in the litigation of a dispute regarding ownership of software.
An admitted attorney to the New York State Bar, Jared continues to work with artists and producers to protect their legal interests, as well as continuing his own creative pursuits recording and touring as member and bandleader of Daptone Records recording artist The Budos Band.