Prominent Nashville-based entertainment, media and sports attorney Derek Crownover is joining Loeb & Loeb’s Music Row office and bringing five key members of his team with him.
The former chair of Dickinson Wright’s Entertainment Law Practice Group takes with him senior counsels Cam Caldwell, Robert Kouchoukos and Noah McPike, and associates Nate Drake and Colleen Kelley. Both Crownover and McPike made Billboard’s 2019 list of Top Music Lawyers published in August.
“Derek is a pillar of the Nashville music community and his presence is felt nationally throughout the music industry,” John Frankenheimer, partner and chair of Loeb & Loeb’s Music Industry Practice, said in a statement. “I’ve known Derek for many years, and he and his team are very well known and respected by everyone in our group. Derek’s business philosophy, industry standing and collaborative approach mirrors ours. The team’s arrival is a great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Nashville office.”
Among the clients Crownover’s team brings to Loeb & Loeb are Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Craig Wiseman and his Big Loud entities, Sam Hunt, the estate of Otis Redding, Jr., songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Dallas Davidson and the T.J. Martell Foundation. They have also represented publishing companies, indie record labels, producers and other executives in deal negotiations, strategic investments, licensing, recording agreements, catalog sales and more.
Though he declined to name the clients, in August, Crownover told Billboard his team had led “three of the largest catalog sales in the history of Nashville music publishing in the last 18 months, totaling almost $70 million in value.”
Loeb & Loeb’s existing Nashville client roster includes Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Midland, the estate of Johnny Cash and the Academy of Country Music.
“Loeb’s history is steeped in believing in entrepreneurs and artists at every level. The firm not only supports its clients to the fullest, but also supports its own people in building and growing best-in-class practices,” Crownover tells Billboard. “This approach is consistent with how our team operates, and this commonality in approach and culture is one of the main reasons the move made sense. With deep benches in Los Angeles and New York, joining Loeb also gives our entrepreneur and artist clients access to an even larger entertainment, media and technology platform.”
“Nashville is a dynamic, growing city that is attracting a wide range of new businesses and industries,” said Kenneth R. Florin, chairman of Loeb & Loeb. “Loeb has a long history of growth and diversification that has mirrored Nashville’s trajectory. I am proud of what we have built in Nashville over the last 25 years and know that this prominent team of lawyers will help us continue this growth.”
“We are so pleased to welcome Derek and his team, and look forward to continuing to invest in this vibrant city,” said Debbie White, vice chair of the Loeb & Loeb’s Music Industry Practice and Billboard 2019 lawyer of the year.