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Jonathan Sperling

Jonathan M. Sperling

New York +1 212 841 1153 jsperling@cov.com Download V-card

Jonathan Sperling is a trial lawyer with over twenty years of experience handling complex business disputes, including contract disputes, securities and M&A litigation, derivative lawsuits, and disputes over corporate control.  His trial experience includes victories in federal court, before regulatory agencies, and in arbitration, and his piercing cross-examination style once led an adversary’s CEO to settle the case in the middle of Mr. Sperling’s deposition of him rather than allow the examination to continue.


  • Lead trial counsel to an $8 billion hedge fund in an eight-day breach of contract trial.
  • Lead trial counsel representing the former head of the New York office of a consulting firm in a dispute with his former employer. The trial lasted twelve days and resulted in dismissal of nearly all claims against our client.
  • Co-trial counsel in GSN v. Cablevision, which resulted in a significant victory for our client GSN in a carriage claim against Cablevision after a two-week bench trial.

Music Industry

  • Represented a major record label in litigation over streaming royalties owed in connection with recordings by Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and other stars from the television program American Idol.
  • Represented Sony Music Entertainment in litigation brought by producer Quincy Jones over royalties due from the Estate of Michael Jackson.
  • Lead counsel to several major record labels in litigation over streaming royalties due to session musicians and background vocalists.


Other Matters 

  • Lead counsel to the Special Litigation Committee of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. in shareholder derivative lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty by its majority shareholder.
  • Lead counsel in the definitive Second Circuit case on market manipulation claims under the federal securities laws.