Jonathan Lonner

Jonathan A. Lonner, Partner

Direct Line: 212-554-0430
Fax Line: 212-554-0444

Jonathan A. Lonner

Jonathan practices in all areas of entertainment law, with an emphasis on theater law.  He has represented such Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions as “Carousel,” “The Iceman Cometh,” “Three Tall Women,” “School of Rock,” “Once,” “Motown the Musical,” “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” "A Steady Rain," "All Shook Up," and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,"  as well as television series including "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List." Jonathan also has represented authors of the Broadway musicals "Memphis," "American Idiot" and "Spamalot."
Jonathan was included among an elite group of lawyers in "The Legal 500."  This annual publication with international editions recommends attorneys based on the opinions of corporate counsel and law firm clients and described Jonathan as "excellent for theatre matters."
He began his career in private practice at the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, after which he practiced for over 17 years at the New York law firm of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, of which he was a partner.

Representative Transactions

  • Production counsel for live stage productions and television series. 
  • Representation of playwrights, underlying rights owners (including film studios and music groups), actors, directors, choreographers, producers and investors in connection with theatrical productions.
  • Representation of Broadway and regional theaters.
  • Representation of writers, actors and directors of television and film. 
  • Counsel for owner of classic film library. 
  • Trademark licensing agreements. 


  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Cum Laude, 1991)
  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 1994)