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Scott McDowell and Charles Hamilton Join King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano

Both attorneys have record label backgrounds.

As King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano expands its team of transactional music lawyers, the Los Angeles-based firm has added Scott McDowell and Charles Hamilton as partners.

McDowell, who has appeared on Billboard’s list of top music lawyers, joins from Warner Chappell Music, where he was executive vp/head of legal and business affairs. Before that, he was director of legal and business affairs for Warner Records.

The Chicago-Kent College of Law graduate’s client base includes songwriters, recording artists, producers, estates, heirs and boutique music companies.


Hamilton comes to the firm from Saban Music Group, where he was head of business and legal affairs. Prior to Saban, he was senior vp of business and legal affairs at Warner Records, where he negotiated recording agreements, joint venture label deals and brand partnerships.

The Tulane University School of Law graduate is a board member of Redeemed, which pairs creative writers with lawyers to advocate for clemency and records clearance for the formerly incarcerated.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have brought Scott and Charles aboard,” King Holmes managing partner Howard E. King said in a statement. “Their depth in music publishing and recorded music enhances our ability to serve our clients innovatively and with the highest quality. Having them both join us now is an incredible coup.”