About Jay S. Kenoff, ESQ.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Kenoff attended Walter Reed Jr. High School and North Hollywood High School before matriculating at UCLA (B.A., ’67, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). During his years of schooling in Los Angeles, before heading east to Harvard Law School, Mr. Kenoff worked as a screen extra in some of the most famous Hollywood motion pictures, such as Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Seven Years Itch, Auntie Mame, My Sister Eileen, and Marjorie Morningstar. While at Harvard Law School, as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, he taught an undergraduate drama course about personality and character in the Harvard Theater Department.

Upon graduation from Harvard Law School, Mr. Kenoff entered active duty for four years (1970-1974) in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve, which included tours at Miramar Naval Air Base (known for its Top Gun Program) and the San Diego Naval Base. He had cases at the San Diego Naval Law Center, North Island Air Base and aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. Mr. Kenoff remained as a reservist until he completed his service as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He is a recipient of the Freedom Foundation Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

Mr. Kenoff has served as a judge pro tempore and as a court mediator in Los Angeles County and has been a professor of law at Northrop University Law School. He is currently a panel member of California Lawyers for the Arts.

Mr. Kenoff was admitted to the bars of District of Columbia (1970); California (1971); U.S. Court of Military Appeals (1973); U.S Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit (1974); U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California (1975).


Aside from articles published in Entertainment Law Review and Entertainment Law and Finance, since 1986, Mr. Kenoff has been the co-author of Entertainment Industry Contracts: Negotiating and Drafting Guide, Vols. 1 & 2, Motion Pictures, part of a comprehensive 10 volume set published by Matthew Bender.  Since its initial publication, Mr. Kenoff has been responsible for preparing updates several times a year. 

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY CONTRACTS: NEGOTIATING AND DRAFTING GUIDE, Vols. 1 & 2, “Motion Pictures”, published by Matthew Bender

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