General Counsel & Secretary
John Jeffrey has been the General Counsel and Secretary at ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers for the past 14 years.
John has broad legal and business experience in the general business, technology and entertainment industries and has provided services to individuals, non-profits/trusts, and companies (from startups to Fortune 500 companies) as a deal-maker, litigator, corporate and intellectual property lawyer, and business executive. John has managed business functions relating to legal, strategic, corporate and business development, advertising, marketing, operations and public relations in various companies.
Before joining ICANN, John spent four years at the Silicon Valley streaming media/Internet radio start-up Live365, where he was the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and General Counsel. While at Live365, John managed strategic and corporate development, business development, marketing, public relations, and governmental, business & legal affairs. He was actively involved in helping to frame the issues and public discussion surrounding the US Copyright Offices' Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) relating to Digital Sound Recording Performance Royalties for Webcasting and helped lead a grassroots effort that resulted in the passing of copyright legislation relating to webcasting royalties for small webcasters/internet radio. John also previously served as Director of Business and Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel of Legal Affairs at global entertainment company, Discovery Communications, Inc. (noted for the Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel and others) where he negotiated television and technology deals for Discovery's content and distribution channels around the world.
John began his in-house experience at News Corporation working on the business affairs and legal teams at Fox Television, during the launch of their cable television division and first websites. He was a member of the launch team for the cable channels FX and FXM: Movies from Fox. John started his legal career as a litigation attorney in Los Angeles defending businesses and professionals in United States' Federal Courts and California State Courts.
He holds a political science degree from the University of Dayton, and a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. John has been a member of the California, US Federal District Court (CD, CA), and US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals legal bar associations since 1988. John also managed his own media consulting business, Point Break Media.