Joel Katz
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United States


With long-reigning titan Allen Grubman moving into an emeritus role, there’s no question who the top legal power broker in the music industry is: Atlanta-based veteran Katz of Greenberg Traurig, who can get Jimmy Buffett or a senator on the phone in minutes. He’s represented everyone from James Brown and Willie Nelson to Michael Jackson and Sen. Orrin Hatch over the years, and he recently oversaw Jon Platt’s deal to helm Sony/ATV, the world’s largest music publisher, not to mention the $300 million purchase of Big Machine Records by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings. He’s an executive at the Recording Academy and recently negotiated both a 10-year deal between the Latin Grammys and Univision (worth a reported $250 million) and its 2016 deal with CBS, worth $500 million. Katz resigned from Greenberg Traurig at the end of 2020.


  • 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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Power Attorney Joel Katz Exits Greenberg Traurig

Power Attorney Joel Katz Exits Greenberg Traurig

UPDATED: Joel Katz, one of the music industry’s most powerful attorneys and founding chairman of the Greenberg Traurig’s entertainment and media practice, has resigned "by mutual understanding" from the firm.A rep for the firm declined requests for further information; sources tell Variety the move has been in the works for some time and Katz is planning to launch his own firm, bringing many of his clients with him. Another source said that Katz was the one who decided to leave...


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