Joel Katz

Berklee Trustee; Chair, Global Entertainment and Media Practice for Greenberg Traurig

Joel Katz, Billboard magazine’s number-one-ranked entertainment attorney, has been called “the dealmaker who thinks outside the box.” The world’s most famous entertainers place their trust in him to craft the breakthrough deals that boost their careers, cultivate their talents, and safeguard their assets. His star-studded client roster includes music industry legends from an array of genres, as well as music producers, record companies, concert promoters, and corporate heavy-hitters.

Katz has held numerous leadership positions in support of the entertainment industry. Formerly the chairman of the Recording Academy (NARAS), he is now the organization’s general counsel. As former founding chairman of the Recording Academy’s Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI), he earned the ELI Service Award from the GRAMMY Foundation for his years of service to the initiative. In addition to his work on the board at Berklee, he held leadership positions at a vast range of organizations, including the following: special counsel to the Country Music Association and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; general entertainment counsel to the Gospel Music Association board of directors; general counsel and member of the board of directors of Farm Aid Inc.; chairman of the USO Entertainment Advisory Council; and board member of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC. and the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.

A powerful force in the entertainment industry, Katz is an energetic and influential contributor who has played a profound role in shaping his profession and also in spearheading philanthropic endeavors in education and in cancer research.