Jan F. Constantine
General Counsel of the Author's Guild
In October 2005, Jan F. Constantine became General Counsel of the Authors Guild, a non-profit organization representing over 8000 published authors. She is responsible for supervising the Authors Guild's legal department and managing litigation, which includes the Authors Guild et al. v. Google, a class action filed in the S.D.N.Y. in September 2005. She has over thirty years of legal experience in the practice of general corporate law and litigation, with specific expertise in intellectual property, trade regulation, and employment law.
Previously Ms. Constantine was Executive Vice President of News Corporation, a global media and information company with diversified operations, including the production and distribution of motion pictures and television programming, television broadcasting and on-line information services; the publication of newspapers, magazines, and books.
Before joining News Corporation, Ms. Constantine was Deputy General Counsel for Macmillan, Inc., a multi-national conglomerate engaged in publishing, information services and electronic publishing, and language instruction.
After graduating law school, she worked as a staff attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and the New York Regional Office as well as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she was Deputy Chief of the Civil Division.
Ms. Constantine is a longstanding member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has served on its Communications and Media Law Committee. In addition, Ms. Constantine performs with the City Bar Chorus, a community outreach program for representatives of the legal profession, as well as cabaret at various venues in New York. She is one of 31 contributors to a collection of essays entitled Empty Nest, published by Hyperion Press.
In 2003, she received a "Femmy" in recognition for her service for the Feminist Press, and in 2005 was the recipient of the Children for Children's "Champion for Children" award.
Ms. Constantine is an Adjunct Professor at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is a graduate of the George Washington University's National Law Center, and Smith College.
For more information about Jan Constantine please the Authors Guild website.