Greenberg Traurig’s Joel A. Katz Named Top Entertainment Lawyer in the 2016 Billboard ‘Power 100’ for Fifth Consecutive Year

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Joel A. Katz, chair of the Global Media & Entertainment Practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, is listed as the top-ranked entertainment attorney in Billboard magazine’s ‘Power 100’ list of most powerful executives in the music business.

Joel A. Katz, chair of the Global Media & Entertainment Practice at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, is listed as the top-ranked entertainment attorney in Billboard magazine’s ‘Power 100’ list of most powerful executives in the music business. Katz, who has been top-listed for five consecutive years, is also included on the list’s ‘Top 40’ at No. 33.

According to the publication, the ‘Power 100’ list highlights the foremost power players in the music industry and ranks top executives from major labels, digital service providers, global promoters, and key artists. The publication began including attorneys on its list in 2011, and Katz has been ranked in each as the industry’s top attorney.

As part of this year’s ranking, Katz is recognized for some of the biggest deals in the industry including the sale of George Strait's Muy Bueno publishing company to Hearts Bluff Music, re-upping Big Machine’s distribution agreement with Universal and negotiating on behalf of more than 30 senior industry executives.

"Billboard’s ranking reinforces what we at Greenberg Traurig already knew – that no other law firm in the world has an entertainment attorney on the roster who has the reach, impact, and influence of Joel Katz,” said Brian L. Duffy, Chief Executive Officer at Greenberg Traurig. “Our overall mission is to provide a combination of quality legal counsel and extraordinary business results, and Joel has demonstrated this effort consistently throughout his legendary career. I congratulate Joel for achieving this recognition for five consecutive years and know that I speak for his colleagues and clients when I say it is an honor to count him among us.”

Katz has been called "the dealmaker who thinks outside the box." The world’s most famous entertainers place their trust in him to craft the breakthrough deals that boost their careers, cultivate their talents, and safeguard their assets. His star-studded client roster includes music industry legends from an array of genres, as well as music producers, record companies, concert promoters, and corporate heavy hitters. A powerful force in the entertainment industry, Katz is an energetic and influential contributor who has played a profound role in shaping his profession and also in spearheading philanthropic endeavors in education and in cancer research.

Read the complete Billboard article here.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Entertainment and Media Practice

With offices situated in the centers of the entertainment industry, the firm has one of the preeminent, international multidisciplinary entertainment and media practices. The entertainment and media team focuses on the music, motion picture, television, sports, Internet, digital media, publishing and theatre industries. The team has critical access to key players in the entertainment industry and provides clients with the business-oriented and dedicated legal advice needed to thrive in today’s multi-disciplined, multimedia entertainment marketplace. The entertainment and media attorneys have been consistently been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide, Super Lawyers, Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report” and “Legal Impact Report”, and The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power Lawyers.”

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1,900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No. 1 on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com.

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