11:00am PT by Billboard Staff
Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt as Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business
Attorney David Rappaport, whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram, Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors, among others, has joined law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.
Manatt currently represents such acts as Death Cab for Cutie, Banks and Belle Brigade. The addition of Rappaport will help build the firm's new artist and electronic dance music (EDM) roster.
EDM has grown into a $6.2 billion business, according to a recent report, and Diplo (currently on the cover of Billboard) is among its biggest stars whose successful Mad Decent label and block party events have helped earn him some $12 million in 2014.
Manatt’s entertainment division, co-chaired by Gary Gilbert, also encompasses film and television, sports and branded and integrated media.