Andrew H. Bart, an experienced trial lawyer and commercial litigator, is Chair of the firm’s nationally recognized Content, Media & Entertainment Practice. Clients in the entertainment industry, particularly recording companies, film studios, music publishers and artists, seek his counsel on intellectual property issues and contractual disputes. His cases have resulted in precedent-setting decisions in copyright law, trademark law, the law of privacy and publicity, and artist-label relations.
For the past seven years, Chambers USA has named Mr. Bart as one of the country’s leading lawyers in Media & Entertainment. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was recognized as a Band 1 attorney for the “New York Media & Entertainment (copyright)” category and was also ranked in the “New York Intellectual Property (copyright and trademark)” category. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Legal 500 US recognized him as a “Leading Lawyer" in the area of Copyright, one of just 12 lawyers to make the elite nationwide list. Mr. Bart has also been named one of the top litigators by Variety in its "Legal Impact Report," a listing of the top lawyers in the entertainment industry, for the past three years. In 2016, he was named one of the top 100 entertainment “Power Lawyers” in America by The Hollywood Reporter. He was also recognized as a “Top Music Industry Lawyer” by Billboard in 2016 and 2017, one of only 10 litigators on this exclusive list. In 2017, Mr. Bart’s milestone Second Circuit victory—Capitol Records v. MP3tunes—received an “Editor’s Choice Award” from Managing Intellectual Property magazine and earned him a spot among the National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Trailblazers.” In both 2017 and 2013, Law360 recognized Mr. Bart as an “MVP” in the media and entertainment category. He was also previously recognized in the “Top 100” in the rankings by New York Super Lawyers.
Under Mr. Bart’s leadership, Jenner & Block’s Content, Media & Entertainment Practice was named as a “Practice Group of the Year: Media & Entertainment” by Law360 in 2016 for the fourth consecutive year and recognized by Legal 500 US as the #1 copyright practice in the United States in 2016, marking the fourth time the practice has received this honor. The practice was also honored with the Chambers USA “Award for Excellence” in 2014 and 2012, which recognizes the top media and entertainment practice in the country.
Mr. Bart has extensive experience litigating jury and bench trials, representing clients in arbitrations and arguing appeals in several federal circuit courts, as well as in the New York State Appellate Division and Court of Appeals. During the course of his 39-year career Mr. Bart has handled and tried a variety of complex commercial cases. His experience runs from securities litigation and SEC proceedings to partnership and joint venture disputes to a wide variety of contractual disputes. He has also conducted and concluded complex, multi- party mediations and settlement negotiations. Mr. Bart also serves as a member of the firm's Management Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee.