L. Lee Phillips

L. Lee Phillips

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Recognized since 1987

Los Angeles, California

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Music

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A leader in the music industry for over 40 years, Lee Phillips has earned a reputation for intelligence, creativity and integrity in representing major musicians, recording artists, composers, record companies and publishing companies. Lee focuses primarily on contract negotiations within the music industry and acts as the general legal advisor to a multitude of artists and companies in this field.

His clients have included and include a variety of internationally renowned performers and celebrities including Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, The Eagles, Kenny Loggins, Randy Jackson, Steve Perry, Tracy Chapman, Barbra Streisand, Prince, Michael Jackson and many others. Lee’s broad base of knowledge enables him to provide his clients with strategic and tactical guidance, as well as the gamut of legal advice ranging from litigation, licensing and corporate issues to copyright, privacy, tax issues and the sale of publishing catalogs, among other matters.

Lee began his career as a tax trial attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He started in private practice in California in 1963 and steadily developed his entertainment clientele. In 1977, he joined the firm that was eventually named Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Contact & Links
  • 2049 Century Park East, Suite 1700
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
  • Cornell University, J.D., graduated 1964
Bar Admissions
  • California, State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia, District of Colombia Bar
  • Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies Board of Directors - Member
  • City of Hope Music Division - Former President and Chairman
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival Board of Directors - Member

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Headquarters: Los Angeles, California

77 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

14 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Entertainment Law - Music
  • Named by The Hollywood Reporter to the “Power Lawyers: Top 100 Attorneys in Entertainment,” 2007 through 2015
  • Named one of "Music's Most Powerful Attorneys" by Billboard, 2015
  • Named 2014 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope Music Division
  • The Helen King Award for Philanthropy, National Academy of Songwriters, in appreciation of his contribution of pro bono legal services to the Academy since 1995
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Media Law
  • Sports Law


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