Joel Katz
United States

Greenberg Traurig, LLP


Atlanta-based Katz established his music biz bona fides back in 1971, when he negotiated a multi-million contract for singer James Brown with Polydor Records. In 2019, he was again at the center of one of the industry’s biggest deals, negotiating the sale of Big Machine Label Group – which controversially includes Taylor Swift’s back catalog – to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings and The Carlyle Group. Other recent big deals include negotiating the sales of 50% stakes in Frontier Touring and Messina Touring Group to AEG Presents and a four-year contract extension for Sony Music Nashville chairman and CEO Randy Goodman. Over the years, his clients have included Jimmy Buffett, Julio Iglesias, Ludacris, Willie Nelson, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, and Senator (and songwriter) Orrin Hatch. 


  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP


  • University of Tennessee (TN, USA)
  • Hunter College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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