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Jakgeem Mays, Esq.

CEO and Principal Attorney at Mays Law Group, P.C.

Jakgeem Mays is CEO and Principal Attorney at Mays Law Group, P.C. As an entertainment attorney, he represents a variety of entertainment industry professionals including actors, recording artists, producers, songwriters, film and television studios, production companies, record labels, music publishers and new media companies. Additionally, he handles production legal for shows such as American Soul (BET), Rhythm + Flow (Netflix), Sacrifice (BET+), and The Uptown Records Story (BET).

Prior to forming Mays Law Group, P.C., Jakgeem worked at NBCUniversal, starting in Business Affairs for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television, where he worked on shows including, The Voice, Grimm, The Mindy Project, The Biggest Loser, American Ninja Warrior, The NAACP Image Awards and The Betty White 90th Birthday Special. Jakgeem transitioned to Legal Affairs for NBCUniversal’s cable networks and studio. There, he drafted and negotiated development, production and license agreements, provided guidance on legal issues in connection with production, guild, labor, insurance, risk, and compliance for shows including Shooter (USA), Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (USA), I Am Kait (E!), Hollywood Teen Medium (E!), Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (E!), Top Chef Jr. (Universal Kids), The Sunny Side Up Show (Universal Kids), and the Botched (E!), Kardashian (E!) and Housewives (Bravo) franchises.  In addition, he handled all co- production and music agreements for Cable Entertainment. Prior to NBCUniversal, he worked as law clerk at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP where he focused on immigration matters.

Jakgeem earned a Bachelor of Music degree from NYU and began his career in the music industry working for companies such as Sony Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Arista Records and EMI Music Publishing.  He earned a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law while attending Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.  He is an active member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (“BESLA”) and served as a founding Co-Chair of BESLA’s Young Lawyers Division. He also actively works with the T. Howard Foundation, serving as a mentor to its interns.