Gary A. Jenkins is of counsel to Pappalardo & Pappalardo, LLP. After graduating from Columbia Law School, Mr. Jenkins gained valuable experience as an associate at Werner, Kennedy & French where he worked in the insurance litigation department. Mr. Jenkins also worked as a clerk for Justice Bernard Fuchs of the Kings County Civil and Supreme Court, and as a housing specialist for City Council President Andrew Stein.
In 1990, Mr. Jenkins was named the General Manager Emeritus of Uptown/MCA, one of the most successful urban boutique independent labels of all time, where he helped bring to market such platinum artists as Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G, Jodeci, Guy, the late Heavy D, and Al B.Sure!; he was also one of the early mentors to Sean “P.Diddy” Combs. Mr. Jenkins also served as one of the music supervisors on the Uptown/MCA produced film “Strictly Business,” which featured Oscar winner Halle Berry in her first feature film role.
Mr. Jenkins’ entertainment client list over the past two decades reads like a veritable “who’s who” in music, television, and film, as he has represented such successful artists, producers, songwriters, and record labels as French Montana, Freddie Jackson, Trackmasterz, Dame Grease, The Wutang Clan, 95 South, 69 Boyz, Mobb Deep, Soul IV Real, Monie Love, Onyx, Khia, Nice ‘n Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Kool G Rap, the late Jam Master Jay, Trick Daddy, the Russell Simmons Music Group, DMX, Ralph Tresvant, and “The Reunion”, an independent film selected to premiere at the prestigious 2016 Martha’s Vineyard Black Film Festival.
In addition to his busy entertainment law practice, Mr. Jenkins works with clients who own restaurants and bars in contract negotiations and in obtaining the various licenses needed to operate such establishments. In particular, Mr. Jenkins has vast experience in working with the New York State Liquor Authority.