Billboard Magazine Names Miami Law as Top School for Music Law Programs

The annual top 100 lawyers list recognizes the most prominent legal minds behind the significant contracts and lawsuits in the music industry.
Billboard Magazine Names Miami Law as Top School for Music Law Programs

Billboard Magazine recognizes the University of Miami School of Law as one of the nation's top schools for music law programs.

Ten Miami Law alumni, including J.D./Master in Music Business and Entertainment Industries '13 Lauren Spahn, made Billboard's Top 100 Music Lawyers on this year's list highlighting the biggest names in music and entertainment law. In addition, the law school was listed as one of eleven "Leading Law Schools" attended by notable alumni.

"It is an honor to once again be recognized by Billboard as a Leading Law School of the Top Music Lawyers," said Greg Levy, director of the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law LL.M. program. "We have a long history of producing outstanding music lawyers and executives starting with legendary music lawyer Fred Goldring who founded the Entertainment and Sports Law Society in the early 1980s and planted the early seeds that have blossomed into our robust program."

Miami Law offers a comprehensive range of programs, including LL.M. and J.D./LL.M. degree programs in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law, as well as J.D./M.M. and J.D./M.A. degree programs in Music Business, Entertainment Industries, and Arts Presenting, and Live Entertainment Management. This breadth of offerings ensures that students are well-prepared for the diverse challenges of the music industry.

In addition to Spahn, a partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton in Nashville and member of the School of Law's EASL advisory board, other School of Law alumni who have excelled in their careers and have been recognized as top music industry lawyers are: 

  • Richard Wolfe, J.D. '82, LL.M. Taxation '83, founder of Wolfe Law Miami, P.A. in Miami
  • Matthew Buser, J.D. '11, founding partner at Buser Legal in Miami
  • David Beame, J.D. '00, founding partner, Beame & Mencher in Brooklyn, New York
  • Carlos Rodríguez-Feliz, LL.M. Entertainment Arts Sports Law '18, founder/managing partner of RodFel Law in Miami
  • Simran Singh, J.D. '04, founder/managing partner of Singh, Singh & Trauben, LLP in Beverly Hills, California
  • Michael Trauben, J.D. '04, partner at Singh, Singh & Trauben, LLP in Beverly Hills, California
  • Leslie José Zigel, J.D. '95, partner/chair of Entertainment, Media & Technology Group at SMGQ Law in Miami
  • Javier Feito, J.D. '07, B.S. '03, partner, Entertainment, Media & Technology Group and Cannabis Practice Group at SMGQ Law in Miami
  • Oswaldo Rossi, J.D. '01, founder/managing partner of Rossi PC in Los Angeles

Their successes are a testament to the quality of education and opportunities provided by Miami Law.

Miami Law's approach to study is not just theoretical but also practical. In addition to a comprehensive core curriculum, students have the opportunity to study, draft, and negotiate all kinds of industry contracts. Practical experience is further enhanced through relevant internships, providing a real-world understanding of the music industry. Miami Law also offers networking opportunities with prominent industry professionals through mentorships, tutorials, a guest speaker series, and membership in the Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

"Miami Law has and will continue to produce outstanding lawyers, who are well prepared for the music industry with practical skills training, an understanding of the business of the industry and connectivity of our invaluable network of industry lawyers and executives," said Levy. "Congrats to all of our esteemed alums who made the list. We are so proud of you!"

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