After 34 years of business law practice – first at three international law firms in New York and Los Angeles, and then 20 years in his own business litigation boutique -- Jonathan has closed several billion dollars in corporate transactions and won 14 seven-figure litigations.

Jonathan began work with Constangy in January 2018 and now specializes in executive compensation and creative payments practice. Jonathan has completed executive compensation contacts, or resolved business litigations, in California, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and the countries of China, Germany, Holland, Israel and Vietnam.

Executive compensation encompasses C-level employment contracts, often totaling $1 million or more in compensation for the life of the contract.  These contracts combine cutting edge compensation practices, change-in-control clauses, nondisclosure and non-solicitation clauses, and some 30 to 40 issues from intellectual property, securities law and traditional employment law doctrines.

Jonathan excels at one-on-one work with CEOs, which requires 24/7 availability, and being able to work with very smart, very aggressive, and very successful clients.  Jonathan works both for corporations and individual executives or consultants.       

In the entertainment sphere, Jonathan has done creative payment contracts for motion pictures with over $100 million budgets, including franchise such as X-Men, Spiderman, Night At The Museum, Fantastic Four, Avengers and The Hulk.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, President's Award (2011)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association.
    • Chair, Litigation Section (800 civil litigators)
    • Board of Governors (2 terms)
  • International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), Co-chair, Membership Committee; Strategic Policy Committee (gaming industry general counsel, CFOs and investment bankers)
  • United States Team, Maccabiah Olympics, Israel, Gold Medal, Cycling. Captain, Masters Triathlon (July 2009)
  • United States Team, Maccabiah Pan Am Games (Buenos Aires). Bronze Medal Masters Triathlon (2007)
  • Amateur Rugby, 20 years on amateur league teams in LA, NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. 6 international tours

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “State Recognition of American Indian Tribes, etc.” Co-author of Chapter 2, Sovereignty Struggles and Native Rights in the United States, etc. (University of North Carolina Press), 2012
  • “Tribal Law Update on Land-Into-Trust Issues,” presented at IAGA Annual Meeting, October 2011
  • “Trial Proceedings Key Topics, Civil Litigation A – Z series,” presented to BHBA, August 2011 
  • “Stars of Litigation V: Advanced Cross-Examination Techniques and the Appropriate Use of Objections,” presented to BHBA, February 2011 
  • “Inaugural Judicial Town Hall, with the Presiding Judges of Los Angeles Superior Court,” presented to BHBA, June 2011 
  • “Stars of Litigation IV: Tom Girardi, et al,” presented to BHBA, May 2010
  • “Stars of Litigation III: Waged Battle: Litigating the Big Dollar Wage Hour Class Action Case,” presented to BHBA, April 2010
  • “Stars of Litigation II: Picking a Jury with Browne Greene,” presented to BHBA, February 2010
  • “California E-Discovery,” presented to BHBA, October 2009
  • Swapping Out Debt: Solving the Riddle of Debt-Asset Swaps and Triangular Deal Structures” Stein and Gallaway, Global Gaming Business, April 2009
  • “Federalism and State Recognition of Native American Tribes: A Survey of State-Recognized Tribes and State Recognition Processes Across the US” Koenig and Stein, 48-1 Santa Clara Law Review 79, 2008
  • “Lost in Shuffle: State-Recognized Tribes and the Tribal Gaming Industry” Koenig and Stein, 40-2 University of San Francisco Law Review 327, 2006
  • “Navigating Attorney-Client Fee Disputes through the Revolving Doors of Arbitration and Litigation (And More Arbitration): Strategies for Promoting Efficiency and Minimizing Risk,” presented to BHBA, June 2009
  • “Litigation A to Z: Pre-Litigation Considerations,” presented to BHBA, May 2009
  • First Annual Native American GRAMMY® Nominee Showcase, Producer of theatrical show with 112 performers for sellout black-tie crowd at the Kodak® Theatre in Hollywood (home of the Academy Awards), 2002
  • “The digital economy has swept through California and now the nation, disrupting legacy industries and 'us versus them' labor relationships. My executive compensation practice is aimed at companies where human capital and intellectual property predominate. At those companies, workers often identify with management and sometimes start their own businesses. Chief executives often wear T-shirts and demonstrate their identity with employees. It’s not just fashion; it’s a statement that labor relationships have evolved and so has my executive compensation practice.”
  • Jonathan Stein

Practice Emphasis

  • Executive Compensation and Creative Payments


University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • J.D., 1983
  • Law Review v.130 and 131
  • Wharton Business School courses finance and accounting

Harvard College

  • B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, 1979  

Phillips Academy

  • 1975

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • New York, 1984
  • Practiced pro hac vice in  federal district courts in Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Arizona 


  • Spanish
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