JOEL KATZ, 73
Chairman of the global entertainment and media practice, Greenberg Traurig
Last Year’s Rank: 32
NEGOTIATIONS OF THE YEAR: Moved Faith Hill and Tim McGraw to Sony (from Warner Nashville and Big Machine, respectively) for a minimum of six albums — two for her, two for him and two as a duo. Katz also set up Scooter Braun with a new contract at Universal Music Group, set terms for a new label that Antonio “L.A.” Reid and investor Charles Goldstuck are launching and locked details for the 60th annual Grammy Awards telecast in New York.
TWO DECADES OF DEALS — AND COUNTING: Katz, who launched the entertainment practice at Greenberg Traurig in 1998, is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the firm’s 70 media and sports attorneys in nine cities and on two continents.
POTENTIAL INDUSTRY PITFALL: “Sexual harassment and misconduct situations. We’re much smaller than the media business, with a much smaller pool of top executives. If this spills over to music, it could be disastrous.”