Joel Katz
Courtesy of Greenberg Traurig
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
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
  • Variety Legal Impact
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Music Industry Moves: Cat Kreidich Named President of ADA Worldwide; Joel Katz Joins New Firm

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Warner Music Group has promoted Cat Kreidich to president of ADA Worldwide, the company’s independent label and artist services arm. Kreidich, who joined ADA as EVP at the end of last year, will be based at the company’s headquarters in New York and report directly to Max Lousada, CEO of Warner Recorded Music. She succeeds Eliah Seton who, after over a decade with WMG, has taken a new role outside the company.Kreidich’s remit includes ADA, the Asylum label, and Level –...


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