Jason Karlov

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Jason Karlov is the Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice Group Chair at Barnes & Thornburg. He represents a variety of clients in the music, entertainment, live events, advertising and technology industries. Client highlights include individuals, such as Bob Dylan, as well as institutions that work and invest in entertainment and technology, including such well-known brands as, Feld Entertainment, UrbanOne, Twitch, Beachbody and throughout the Olympic Movement since 1998, He also acts as lead defense counsel to professional sports leagues, teams and corporations, handling their entertainment work including defending against alleged infringements of music copyrights. 


Jason is the primary outside counsel for several musicians, including Oscar and Grammy Award Winners: Michael Bolton, T-Bone Burnett, the Grateful Dead publishing catalog, John Fogerty and Rufus Wainwright. Jason also serves as special outside counsel in connection with the sales of music catalogs for artists such as Imagine Dragons and The Killers. Similarly, he also represents buyers of music catalogs including on behalf of Spirit Music. He also handles celebrity work for personalities like Cesar Millan, who is known as the ‘Dog Whisperer.’ Moreover, in representing entities in film and television production and finance, inclusive of deals with producers, directors, screenwriters and composers, Jason’s experience includes all aspects of production and rights acquisition through distribution deals with companies such as HBO, Sony, Universal, Fox and Warner Bros.