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Jon D. Cantor Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


University of San Fernando Valley, J.D.

  • Law Review

California State University at Northridge, B.A.

Jon Cantor is a Member in Dykema’s Los Angeles office who has more than 40 years of experience helping clients address a wide range of legal matters. Mr. Cantor is highly regarded for his entertainment industry practice, understanding the unique nuances of complex legal arena. 

As one of the most respected attorneys representing clients in the animation industry, he has negotiated over 700 employment contracts with all the major studios including Walt Disney, DreamWorks, Sony, Warner Bros. and Fox.

Mr. Cantor has also acted as outside counsel for General Motors in a number of entertainment related matters. He has negotiated several multimillion dollar contracts with the National Football League, with Paramount Pictures for the third and fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, Marvel's Captain America-Winter Soldier, DreamWorks' Turbo and truTV's reality-based show Motor City Masters, as well as a number of deals in which GM has served as the key sponsor for documentary projects.

He has recently negotiated agreements with Netflix to option projects on behalf of his clients for Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. He also recently negotiated with a production company the contract for Wallace Triplett’s life story, the first African American football player at Penn State and in the NFL. In addition, Mr. Cantor negotiated with a production company the contract for Aimee Stephens’ life story, the first transgender woman at the center of a civil rights case heard by the US Supreme Court, which she won.

His experience in the entertainment/sports law area has also included representing open-wheel race car drivers, specifically those who have competed in the CART circuit, and team owners. He has represented the CART Association in licensing name, image and likeness of the drivers. Furthermore, Mr. Cantor has represented actors and visual effects supervisors in live action films. Added to this area is the representation of producers, directors and a number of individuals in the animation industry. Mr. Cantor has previously guided his clients in preparing and making presentations to various studios on behalf of their own projects as well.

In addition, Mr. Cantor has handled a wide variety of transactional matters, including the purchase and sale of real estate, employment contracts, and establishing corporations and limited liability companies.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Cantor was a shareholder in his own firm for 20 years.


Entertainment Industry

  • Representing Broadway and film actor Ben Vereen
  • Served as lead counsel representing award-winning Motown singer/songwriter in the Amazing Grace litigation
  • Assisted in negotiating sale of book rights to film studio for major motion picture
  • Negotiated multimillion dollar transaction to open the Fox Animation Studio in Arizona


  • Represented investment company (equity and debt) in multimillion dollar investments


  • Represented client in litigation against accounting firm seeking in excess of $100,000; settled for nominal amount
  • Represented American beverage maker in wage and hour class action suit seeking in excess of $5 million in damages; settled for nominal amount
  • Jarek Molski v. Arciero Wine Group, 164 Cal App 4th 786; 79 Cal Rptr. 3rd 574 (2008)
  • Virtualmagic Asia Inc. v. Fil-Cartoons, 99 Cal App 4th 228 (2002)
  • Frangipani v. Boecker, 64 Cal App 4th 860 (1998)
  • California Concrete Co. v Beverly Hills Savings & Loan, 215 Cal App 3rd 260 (1989)
  • White v. Jacobs, 198 Cal App 3rd 122 (1988)

Memberships & Involvement

  • California State Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Visiting Professor of American Business Law, Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria), Odessa National Academy of Law (Odessa, Ukraine), Fall 2008
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee for Judicial Elections
  • State of California Small Business Committee

Selected for Who's Who in the World, 2008-2009 edition

Recipient of the Margaret A. Costello Pro Bono Award in 2008 for Outstanding Pro Bono Service to an inmate on Death Row