Miles Cooley serves as counsel to entertainment and media companies, major celebrities and high-profile individuals. He negotiates and documents their deals, protects their assets at every turn and aggressively defends their rights and investments on a local, regional and global scale. Miles’ clients include entertainment and media businesses, major corporations and high-net-worth individuals, such as pop and hip-hop musical artists, sports talent, actors, producers, race car drivers, prominent families and cutting-edge creatives, entrepreneurs and thought-innovators.
A trusted advisor, effective advocate and formidable litigator, Miles is adept in the resolution of disputes involving all variety of business law and the entertainment industry. Clients select Miles as their outside general counsel because he is able to address all of their legal challenges, and they value that he will always advocate their position and safeguard their image and bottom line. Miles’ experience in handling matters across a wide variety of legal disciplines is a tremendous advantage for his clients. He is particularly skilled at handling major entertainment and general business disputes and transactions, contractual disagreements and business torts, intellectual property, real estate and insurance-related matters.
Miles is known for his record of winning solutions both in and out of the courtroom. He has served as lead counsel for defendants and plaintiffs alike in high-stakes lawsuits valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars arising from the creation and exploitation of creative works across all media. Miles often resolves disputes without ever exposing his client to the risk and expense of trial. Nevertheless, one of his greatest strengths lies in his ability to succeed both in court or through a negotiated, mediated or arbitrated resolution.
The breadth of Miles’ practice and depth of his talent extends beyond entertainment and general business law. In addition to serving as a business law attorney and commercial litigator, Miles is often the first call his clients make when they are faced with a major personal crisis or serious predicament. His immediate attention to their needs, singular commitment to navigating them beyond the scenario and unwavering dedication to solving even the most unusual problem in a way that protects their privacy is one of the major reasons his clients turn to him again and again.
Miles also has an active pro bono practice and serves on the National Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. In addition, he is actively involved in various other nonprofit organizations, such as The John Burton Advocates for Youth and Peace4Kids, both of which work to empower foster children and resolve state and federal foster care issues.
National Board Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers’ Association (BESLA)
Acted as an outside general counsel, managing the worldwide transactional and litigation portfolio for a multiplatinum-selling recording artist.
Obtained a nine-figure damages verdict and punitive damages finding against an insurance company after a six-week jury trial for an automotive safety company.
Successfully handled a multimillion-dollar litigation brought by a recording artist client against a former business manager.
Defeated a lawsuit brought by a landlord to evict an NY- and LA-based nonprofit organization focused on the social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public from its long-term leasehold.
Obtained a favorable result in a business dispute between partners in a closely held pizza chain.
Handled a series of lawsuits brought by life insurance companies against former insurance agents related to alleged fraud, netting millions in recovery for clients.
Represented a major telecommunications company in the positive resolution of its insurance recovery claims against insurers related to investor lawsuits.
Acted as an outside general litigation counsel for a Grammy-winning hip-hop artist.
Represented a Spanish solar company in its expansion efforts in the U.S.
Led an international team on behalf of a celebrity client that prevailed against a global fashion retailer on an image and likeness infringement claim in the U.K. courts.
Negotiated on behalf of a recording artist/client’s significant recording and music publishing deals with a major record label and music publishing company.
Successfully defended numerous policyholder claims brought against a healthcare company client.
Advised a denim clothing company in its expansion in a Japanese market.
Handled talent, production and licensing deals for producers, film makers, virtual reality companies and other media and entertainment companies.
Acted as the outside general counsel for a skateboard accessories start-up.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights National Board, 2009-present.
Advisory Board of Directors for The John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes, 2007-present.
Board of Directors for Peace4Kids, 2007-2012.
Loyola Law School Moot Court Program Coach, 2003-present.
California Bar Association
American Bar Association