Gregory Lane Young
Gregory L. Young received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992 as well as his LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law from Southwestern University School of Law in 2004. While in law school, Mr. Young served as Student Works Editor for The Law and Psychology Review. Mr. Young received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, where he received a B.S. degree in Business Administration in 1985.
Prior to entering civil practice in the late 1990s, Mr. Young worked for seven years as a criminal prosecutor in Atlanta, Georgia during which time he achieved an over 90% win rate in prosecuting jury trials. Mr. Young practices primarily in the areas of litigation, entertainment law, business law, and intellectual property law. Mr. Young has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting agreements for corporate and commercial business transactions in a wide variety of industries, including entity formation and governance, software and other intellectual property licensing agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements, employee handbooks, business entity buy-sell agreements, commercial leases of real property, leases and purchases of capital equipment, and rules and compliance documentation related to sweepstakes, contests, advertising, and promotions.
His experience in the entertainment industry includes serving as producer’s representative and production counsel on three independent feature films; negotiating screenwriter agreements on numerous feature films, including independent and studio projects; negotiating director’s agreement for an independent feature film; negotiating actor agreements on numerous film and television projects; negotiating numerous talent manager agreements on behalf of both managers and performers (in separate cases); negotiating numerous talent agent agreements on behalf of performers; negotiating composer agreements for studio feature films; negotiating four tour agreements involving large rock tours that included stadium and arena venues; negotiating numerous recording, producer, and engineer agreements with both major and independent record labels; and representing entertainment businesses such as motion picture and television production companies, post-production houses, prop-houses, talent management companies, and talent agencies, independent record labels, and recording studios in everything from formation of corporations and LLCs, to intellectual property registration and protection and domain name protection, and when necessary, representation of such businesses in litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Mr. Young is a member of the California and Georgia Bars. He serves annually as a Judge in the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition at Pepperdine University Mr. Young teaches entertainment law and business law at California State University, Northridge and has served on the Professional Advisory Network of the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Mr. Young was also named to the 2013 – Top Lawyers in California by American Lawyer Media.
Mr. Young has published The Role of Stereotyping in the Development and Implementation of the D.E.A. Drug Courier Profiles, 15 Law & Psychology Review 331 (1991).