Music, Film and Entertainment Industries Spirit of Life® Award Celebration Dinner


Joel A. Katz, Chair, Global Entertainment and Media Practice of Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Santa Monica Beach Lot
7pm - 11pm



Joel Katz, Billboard’s number-one-ranked entertainment attorney, 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. Katz is Founding Shareholder and Managing Shareholder Emeritus of the Atlanta office and global chair of the international entertainment and media practice of Greenberg Traurig, which has 68 entertainment media and sports lawyers located in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. 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.

Katz began his career in 1971 leading his own law practice, Katz, Smith and Cohen, which became one of the nation’s largest entertainment law firms. In 1988, when Katz merged his thriving practice with Greenberg Traurig, his client list had expanded to include some of the nation’s most renowned entertainers. His first client was music icon, James Brown, followed by B.B. King, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, who remains a client to this day. His and Greenberg Traurig’s client roster grew rapidly to include more than 50 celebrated artists, among them Gregg Allman, Kix Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Ronnie Dunn, Jamie Foxx, Josh Groban, Sammy Hagar, Faith Hill, the estate of Whitney Houston, Julio Iglesias, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson/estate of Michael Jackson, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Little Big Town, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Justin Timberlake and others.

Katz and Greenberg Traurig serve an ever-growing number of high profile entertainers, as well as corporate clients such as The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Big Machine Label Group, BMG Rights Management GmbH, Coca Cola Company, Country Music Association, Dick Clark Productions, The Gabonese Republic, Gospel Music Channel (UP Network), Jason Owen and Sandbox Management, Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS), National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), Scooter Braun Management (Silent Media), Troy Carter (Atom Factory), and many other corporations that turn to Katz and Greenberg Traurig for counsel on developing their entertainment strategies, even if they’re not necessarily in the entertainment business.


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