Neil Jahss has more than a decade of experience as a civil litigator for content creators and providers in the media and entertainment industry as well as for a wide variety of general business clients. He has handled cases in all stages of litigation, including trials and appeals, and also has advised clients on legal strategy in non-litigation matters. Neil has a reputation for outside-the-box critical thinking, painstaking attention to detail, and eloquent writing.
Prior to practicing at CW, Neil spent 12 years as a litigator at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, specializing in First Amendment media defense and intellectual property law. He represented magazines, television networks, Internet websites, and TV and movie studios in high-profile defamation, invasion of privacy, right of publicity, copyright and trademark matters, both in the courtroom and on an advisory basis. At O'Melveny, Neil was known as one of the firm's premier writers, authoring numerous dispositive motions leading to dismissal of cases where defense clients were exposed to several million dollars of liability, and briefs in both the state and federal courts concerning cutting-edge issues affecting the entertainment industry. Among his many successful representations, Neil helped secure two significant victories after trial, one for a copyright plaintiff that ended with a multi-million dollar verdict (after making its way through the United States Supreme Court) and the other for a libel defendant that resulted in a defense verdict.
Before joining the firm, Neil took a hiatus from representing content creators and providers in court and worked as a content creator himself in unscripted television. He won three Emmy Awards as Supervising Producer for several seasons on The Amazing Race. In addition to managing teams of editors and conceiving the structure, design and storylines of countless episodes of CBS' legacy reality franchise, Neil worked on formatting, casting, field and post-production on other network hits such as Big Brother and Trading Spouses.
Neil is an alum of Harvard Law School, where he taught legal research and writing to first-year law students and oversaw the creation of cases for the first-year moot court competition as a leader on the Board of Student Advisers.