Attorney Joel Katz, founding chairman of the Greenberg Traurig’s global entertainment and media practice and the founding shareholder of the powerful law firm’s Atlanta office, has resigned “by mutual understanding” from the firm.

A source says that Katz is opening his own firm and many of his label executive and artist clients are expected to follow him.

Greenberg Traurig executive chairman, Richard A. Rosenbaum, issued the following statement: “Joel Katz has, by mutual understanding, resigned from the firm as of December 31, 2020. Our global entertainment practice remains strong, diverse and among the largest, most dynamic and highest rated in the world, led by Chair Bobby Rosenbloum in Atlanta, assisted by Vice Chairs Barbara Meili in New York and Dan Black in Los Angeles, as well as Jay Cooper, the founder of our Los Angeles Entertainment Practice, leading music industry lawyers Jess Rosen in Atlanta and Paul Schindler in New York, and many others.

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