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

ATLANTA – March 1, 2016 – 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.