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Cohen Gardner LLP

is a boutique, Beverly Hills based law firm with an emphasis on transactions involving technology, entertainment, media, licensing and intellectual property.


Jeff Cohen

Jeff B. Cohen, Esq.

Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. received his Juris Doctor from UCLA Law School with an emphasis in business law. Mr. Cohen received his undergraduate degree from The University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. While at UC Berkeley, Mr. Cohen served as President of the Associated Students of the University of California.

In 2013, Mr. Cohen was and named by Variety to its “Dealmakers Impact Report.” Additionally, he was profiled by the “American Bar Association Journal” in 2014.  In 2012, Law Crossing profiled Mr. Cohen as “Entertainment’s Legal Eagle.” In 2008, Mr. Cohen was named one of the “Top 35 Entertainment Executives Under 35 Years of Age” by The Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Cohen regularly authors articles regarding business, technology, entertainment and legal matters for media outlets including The Huffington Post,CNBCBackstage and Lawyerist.  He is proud to serve on corporate boards in both the non-profit and for profit arenas.

He also has the dubious distinction of being a former child actor, appearing most notably in the Richard Donner/Steven Spielberg film The Goonies, but please don’t hold that against him. He's also on Facebook and Twitter.

Profiles of Jeff B. Cohen Esq.

Dealmakers Impact ReportChambers Associate


American Bar Association Journal ProfileEnjoy


5 Minutes with Legal Greatsemploy

Entertainment's Legal Eagle

Top 35 Entertainment Executives Under 35


Selected Articles Written by Jeff B. Cohen, Esq.

Movie Studios: Have They Gone the Way of the Dinosaur?


Three Questions New Lawyers Must Ask Themselves 


First Music Now Films Caught in the End of Obsolescence


The Big Renegotiation


10 Mistakes Actor’s Make When They Sign a Contract





Jonathan Gardner, Esq.

Jonathan Gardner, Esq. attended Bowdoin College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996. After law school, Mr. Gardner joined the business affairs department of PolyGram Films and later served executive terms at Universal and Fox. In 2002, Mr. Gardner co-founded Cohen Gardner LLP. Since that time he has specialized in independent film production, finance and distribution, representing writers, directors and producers. In 2007, Mr. Gardner represented the directors and the producers of the opening night and closing night films at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2010 Mr. Gardner represented the director and producer of the film receiving the largest sale at the Sundance Film Festival and was profiled profiled by "Variety" in Dealmakers Impact Report as a "Future Media Maven." In 2013, Mr. Gardner represented the writer/director and the producer of the winner of the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the winner of the Prize of the Future at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, he represented the producer of the opening night film of the Cannes Film Festival as well as brokered distribution deals for the three largest sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Specialties: Development, Production & Distribution; Entertainment Finance; General Corporate & Business Counsel; Intellectual Property & New Media; Talent & Literary Representation

Profiled In Dealmakers Impact Report 2010
Jonathan Gardner, Esq. - Partner 12.09.2010



Bradley J. Garrett, Esq.

Bradley J. Garrett, Esq. received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School. While at Loyola Law, Mr. Garrett served as Chief Articles Editor of the Loyola Entertainment Law Review, a research assistant to entertainment professor F. Jay Dougherty and studied abroad at the University of Bologna, Italy, earning an award for excellence in international business organizations. Mr. Garrett received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, where he studied American Constitutional and legal history. Prior to joining Cohen Gardner, Mr. Garrett contributed to several high-profile entertainment appeals, including those involving The Doors, Anna Nicole Smith, and "Gone in 60 Seconds.

Profiled in Hollywood's New Leaders 2014 
Bradley Garrett, Esq. - 10.28.2014






Jennifer Wakefield, Esq.
Jennifer Wakefield, Esq. received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ms. Wakefield also studied international sports and entertainment law at the College of Law of England and Wales in London. Before joining Cohen Gardner LLP, Ms. Wakefield clerked for Universal Music Group and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, earning the California State Bar Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services. Ms. Wakefield earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, where she majored Communication with an emphasis in Entertainment, Communication and Society.









Leslie Linares
Leslie Linares is a Los Angeles native, growing up in the Hollywood area. Ms. Linares graduated from California State University, Northridge with Bachelor's degree in History. At the university, she was a four year Dean’s List member and president of the Lambda Sigma Gamma sorority. Prior to joining the firm as Director of Operations in 2008, Ms. Linares worked in local television in various capacities, eventually managing business administration for multiple programs. She is fluent in Spanish.