B.S., summa cum laude
California state courts
U.S. District Court
(Central District of California)
U.S 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Jordan Matthews is business trial lawyer and litigator with broad experience in the entertainment industry and business community. Mr. Matthews currently serves as lead counsel on multiple matters throughout the country and is actively litigating matters in California and Nevada. He handles matters in federal and state court and also has experience handling administrative proceedings with the California Labor Commissioner. Mr. Matthews actively practices before the Ninth Circuit of the United Stated Court of Appeals and is involved in litigation covered by the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and the New York Times, among others publications.
With extensive experience in entertainment and media law, breach of contract, fraud and interference, employment (wrongful termination and discrimination), and business law, Mr. Matthews represents a wide range of clients including producers, directors, production companies, athletes, entrepreneurs, C-level executives and high-net-worth individuals in the entertainment industry and business sector.
Mr. Matthews has substantial experience as a lawyer and prior executive. In 2010, he facilitated the litigation strategy regarding a breach of contract associated with $6 million in potential damages. The matter was resolved via mediation. He was also directly involved with a breach of contract matter over a $100,000 investment into an international oil deal. He also has broad experience related to partnership disputes and resolution.
Mr. Matthews also handles corporate transactional matters, including entertainment finance and production, sports, venture capital, and corporate finance.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Matthews spent nearly a decade as a film finance executive and producer. He raised the capital to fully finance his first feature film, which was then sold to a mini-major motion picture studio and licensed to various international distributors.
Subsequently, he managed a team of top entertainment executives and formed several slate financing arrangements with various motion picture studios. The deals were valued around $600 million. He interfaced with banking alliances regarding international closings of bank guarantees and standby letters of credit valued in excess of $3 billion.
As an executive, Mr. Matthews also negotiated a $30 million prints and advertising arrangement with a publicly held company; evaluated a $15 million equity investment into a cable enterprise; and organized a 10-year lease on more than 20,000 square feet of class-A property, which included an assessment of build-out planning and scheduling.
Jordan is dedicated to understanding the personalized needs of his clients, while using his legal knowledge and business experience to provide comprehensive analysis and strategic advisory. He lives in the South Bay with his wife and two children.
- Sports and Entertainment
- Intellectual Property
- Corporate Counseling
- Corporate Finance
- Commercial Transactions
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Joint Ventures and Partnerships
- Personal and Outside General Counsel
- Lead trial counsel in active high-profile litigation matter against one of the most prominent resorts in the Nevada gaming industry and its former chief executive officer. The litigation has and / or is taking place in various forums (including the Ninth Circuit; Nevada District Court; and Eighth Judicial District, Clark County, Nevada) and has involved investigations by gaming commissions in Nevada and Massachusetts.
- Represented a corporation and its chief executive officer against the plaintiff company’s former chief operating officer and successfully obtained a permanent injunction within days of trial. The matter concerned claims for trade secret misappropriation, fraud, conversion and injunctive relief and was litigated in Central District California.
- Wynn whistleblower argues she can’t get a fair shake in court, CNBC.com, March 11, 2020
- Quoted at law360.com on February 12, 2020 in the article Dead Razor Deal Shows Need For Precise Termination Clauses
- Quoted at washingtonpost.com on October 16, 2019 in the article Of course Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram – and it probably wasn’t just to gift you ‘Friends’ selfies
- Quoted at latimes.com on September 29, 2019 in the articleCalifornia has a new law for contract workers. But many businesses aren’t ready for change
- Quoted at law360.com on August 14, 2020 in the article CBS-Viacom Merger May See Challenges From Unlikely Places
- Quoted at latimes.com on August 13, 2019 in the articleThe Viacom-CBS dust has settled. But who is Shari Redstone?
- Quoted at latimes.com on August 13, 2019 in the articleCBS and Viacom agree to merge, reuniting in $12-billion deal
- Disney/Fox Merger: Can The Plethora Of Profit Participation Litigation Be Mitigated Through The Threat Of Punitive Damages?, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property E-Publication, Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2018
- Film Piracy: Surfing the Internet for Free Content Provides Little Bounty for the Collective Economy, Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship and the Law, Vol. X, Spring 2017
- Can the Implied Covenant of Good Faith Be Altered by Bargained for Discretion? A Historical Analysis and Modern Application, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property E-Publication, Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2016
- Family, yoga, skiing, travel, and a good cup of coffee by the beach