JOEL KATZ, 72
Chairman of the global entertainment and media practice, Greenberg Traurig
Last Year’s Rank: 33
The Atlanta-based golf enthusiast says his game is nothing to brag about, but his legal acumen put him in the middle of some of the biggest deals of 2016, including a $600 million pact for The Recording Academy that will keep the Grammys at CBS for another 10 years. Katz also secured a new deal for Universal Music Group Nashville CEO Mike Dungan (No. 35), and worked alongside Ziffren Brittenham’s John Branca (No. 47) to complete the sale of the Michael Jackson estate’s music-publishing interests to Sony/ATV.