Joel A. Katz - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Joel A. Katz

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989
Phone: 678-553-2222

Joel Katz, former Chairman of the American Bar Association's Entertainment & Sports Law Section, is widely recognized as a leader in the field of entertainment law. His clients include some of the world's most well-known entertainers, music producers, record companies, concert promoters and Fortune 500 companies. More than 30 years ago, Joel founded Katz, Smith & Cohen, which became one of the country's largest music entertainment law firms. In 1998, Katz merged his practice with Greenberg Traurig.

City College of New YorkBA 1966University of TennesseeJ.D. 1969
American Bar AssociationAtlanta Bar AssociationGeorgia Bar AssociationTennessee Bar AssociationLuxure Media GroupMultiplyLive, Board of DirectorsHunter College, Music Advisory BoardKiz Toys, Inc., Board of DirectorsUSO, Entertainment Advisory CouncilCharity Partners, LLCSony/ATV Music Publishing, LLCT. J. Martell Foundation, National Board of DirectorsTouchTunes, Board of DirectorsGRAMMY Museum, Initial Board of DirectorsRock and Roll Hall of FameRoyal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA)Music Industry Representative, State of Georgia, Film, Video and Music Advisory Commission The Recording Academy (NARAS)Country Music AssociationFarm Aid Inc., Board of Directors

Case History

Areas of Concentration

  • Entertainment law
  • Executive compensation agreements
  • Entertainment related corporate acquisitions and mergers
  • Consultation of multi-national and multi-media entertainment companies
Significant Representations
  • Negotiated significant television awards show multi-year contracts for national non-profit entertainment companies (The Recording Academy, Country Music Association and Latin Recording Academy).
  • Negotiated "Grammy CD" compilation arrangement between "Big 3" record companies and The Recording Academy.
  • Negotiated complex financial arrangements between music superstars and recording companies.
  • Organized the USO - Entertainment Advisory Council and is the first Chairman.

Office Location

Terminus 200, Suite 2500
3333 Piedmont Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Entertainment Law - Music of the Atlanta Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television of the Atlanta Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Entertainment Law of the Atlanta Metro Area
Joel A. Katz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Joel A. Katz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Joel A. Katz has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music