Billboard Names University of Miami Law Leading Music Law School


Two Miami Law Alumni Make Top Music Lawyers List

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 18, 2017) – The University of Miami School of Law is highlighted in Billboard Magazine’s list of the nation’s leading schools for music law programs. Two alumni, Horacio Gutierrez of Spotify and Leslie José Zigel of Greenspoon Marder, made the list of top music industry lawyers.

Recognizing the presence and influence of a rapidly evolving international music industry, Miami Law offers both an LL.M. and a J.D./LL.M. Degree in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law. In close coordination with the Frost School of Music at UM, the Law School also offers a J.D./M.M. Degree (i.e., a Master’s Degree in Music Business and Entertainment Industries) and a J.D./M.A. degree (i.e., a Master’s Degree in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management).

Miami Law’s approach to study is truly comprehensive. In addition to the core curriculum (such as copyright and trademark law, business associations, antitrust and tax), students study, draft and negotiate all manner of industry contracts. In addition, practical experience is available through relevant internships; and networking with prominent industry professionals is promoted through mentorships, tutorials, a guest speaker series, and membership in our Entertainment and Sports Law Society.

Leading these programs for Miami Law is Harold Flegelman, who was previously a partner in the Corporate, Media and Entertainment Practice Group at Loeb & Loeb LLP, representing music management firms, music publishers, and music production companies.

Besides Gutierrez and Zigel, other recent stellar graduates worth highlighting are Brian Oliver, Legal and Business Affairs, Rolling Loud Music Festival, and winner of THE GRAMMY Foundation’s 2015 Entertainment Law Initiative; Lauren Spahn, an associate at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, in Nashville; and Michael Gaid, associate counsel for the Ultra Music Festival.

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