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    Joel Katz
    Joel Katz
    Greenberg Traurig

    University of Tennessee College of Law

    Why he matters: The Atlanta-based music attorney has expanded into representing
the Latin Recording Academy, which struck a six-year deal with Univision for a Latin Grammy broadcast. His sprawling firm represented manager Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber, Usher, Psy) in a recording and publishing agreement with Universal Music Group, and earlier this year Katz partnered with Ron Burkle and publishing exec Richard Beckman to launch a branded entertainment company.

    Big deal: Katz spearheaded Justin Timberlake’s negotiation for a minority stake in the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. “Some of the dealmaking was done in Puerto Rico because Justin was doing a movie down there, so that was a lot of fun,” says Katz, who also handles matters for the Michael Jackson estate.

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