Jason Aylesworth, a New York City attorney, has been awarded the New York State Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2016.
The award, presented by the Association’s Young Lawyers Section, honors attorneys in practice for fewer than 10 years who have demonstrated outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession.
“Whether he is serving his clients in the entertainment industry, providing pro bono services to arts organizations or performing State Bar work, Jason Aylesworth demonstrates a passion for the profession that is inspirational not only to other young lawyers, but to all of us,” said State Bar President David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti).
Miranda and Erica M. Hines of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C.), chair of the Young Lawyers Section, presented the award to Aylesworth on January 27 during the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City.
As an attorney for Sendroff & Baruch since 2009, Aylesworth represents artists in theater, music, film and television, including dramatists, directors and designers, as well as producers, music publishers and theater companies.
An active member of the State Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL), Aylesworth is chair of its Law Student Liaison Committee. He created and moderated continuing legal education programs such as “Crowdfunding for Theatre and Film Under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012” and “Game Not Over: Protection of Free Speech in the Video Game Industry,” for the committee.
Aylesworth previously served as co-chair of EASL’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Digital Media Committee, as well as the Negotiation Committee for the Dispute Resolution Section.
He volunteers for numerous not-for-profit organizations, including New York Foundation for the Arts and Brooklyn Arts Council, providing legal guidance to artists in the community regarding copyright, contracts and negotiation.
He also teaches “Performing Arts and the Law” at the Brooklyn College Performing Arts Management Program. A Yonkers resident, he is an assistant scout leader for Boy Scout Troop 29 in Yonkers.
Aylesworth received a degree in theater and economics from Fordham University, a certificate in film production from Brooklyn College and a law degree from Touro Law Center. He is admitted to the Bar in both Connecticut and New York.
The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.
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