United States: Fox Rothschild Reels In Prominent Entertainment Law Group
Last Updated: January 17 2017

Strengthening the reach of its nationwide entertainment law practice, Fox Rothschild LLP has added six high-profile attorneys from Lommen Abdo to the firm's offices in Minneapolis, New York and Washington, DC.

Joining Fox are:

  • Kenneth J. Abdo - Minneapolis
  • Paul J. Bezilla - Minneapolis
  • Bob Donnelly - New York
  • Adam P. Gislason - Minneapolis
  • Tim C. Matson - Minneapolis
  • John Simson - Washington, DC

"We are thrilled to welcome Ken and his group to Fox and to expand our entertainment practice," said Darrell D. Miller, chair of Fox's Entertainment Law Department and managing partner of the firm's Los Angeles office. "This group is an ideal addition to Fox's entertainment team because they share our philosophy of client service and our strategic approach to brand building. They also add depth to our bench and provide us with a first-class entertainment law presence in the Midwest."

Fox's firmwide managing partner, Mark L. Silow, noted the Minnesota office opened last year through a merger with Oppenheimer Wolf & Donnelly and "the addition of Ken and his team is a testament to our successful strategic growth in the region." 

Fox's Entertainment Law Practice works with celebrated and respected artists, writers, producers and executives including Grammy®, Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Academy Award®-winning stars, as well as music and licensing businesses in television, film and music. The firm's attorneys are recognized as leaders in inking important Hollywood deals and closing corporate transactions that are changing the way business is done in the digital age. In the music industry, Fox represents composers, musicians, record labels, music publishers and live performance venues.

The firm's entertainment attorneys also work with models and fashion designers; nonprofits, including museums, universities and charities; apparel companies, merchandising and distribution businesses; digital and mobile services; content creators and providers; and advertising and public relations firms.

"We are excited to bring our practice to Fox's national platform and offer our clients a greater breadth of resources," said Abdo. "I'm impressed with Fox's comprehensive approach to advocating for clients, from protecting their creative works to monetizing brands. I'm confident that it aligns seamlessly with the services to which our clients are accustomed. Now, our clients will have support in every facet of the entertainment industry with offices in many cities across the United States as well as access to top legal talent in auxiliary practices."

About Fox's newest members:

Kenneth J. AbdoPartner: For more than 30 years, Abdo has served as legal counsel to artists in music, film, TV, theater, media and publishing. His clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artists, as well as Oscar®, Emmy®, Peabody® and Spirit® award winners. His commitment to advocacy for artists has vaulted him to national leadership positions with The Recording Academy, the American Bar Association and other organizations.

Abdo focuses his practice on entertainment law and business across all media and artistic platforms. Harnessing his years of experience as a musician and entertainer, Abdo has a particular fluency in working with developing artists. He also has extensive experience working with legacy artists and music artist estates, and has been at the forefront of copyright transfer termination issues since helping to file the nation's first post-1978 notice.

Paul J. Bezilla – Counsel: Bezilla provides the full range of entertainment legal services and business advice to a wide variety of individuals and entities, from independent bands and startup companies to celebrity performers and legacy artists.

Bob Donnelly – Counsel: Donnelly has represented music industry clients for more than 40 years. During this time, he has counseled an eclectic group of artists and managers of artists who have collectively sold more than a quarter of a billion albums.

Adam P. Gislason – Counsel: In addition to his background as a songwriter and member of an indie rock band, Gislason draws upon 15 years of experience as an entertainment lawyer and commercial, intellectual property litigator to create solutions for his clients' legal, business and intellectual property needs, including major label recording artists, filmmakers and tech startups.

Tim C. Matson – Counsel: Matson is an experienced and skilled transactional lawyer, litigator and intellectual property attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing musicians, filmmakers, media talent, writers, visual artists and other creators of artistic works in all aspects of their entertainment careers.

John Simson – Counsel: Simson has advised clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts for more than 30 years. Simson assisted in the launch of SoundExchange and served as its Executive Director from 2001-2010 and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on digital music issues and neighboring rights.

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