Billboard Magazine

Reed Smith is pleased to announce that Billboard Magazine, the leading industry publication, has named two of the firm's Entertainment & Media partners among the top music lawyers in America for 2018.

Related Professionals: Stephen E. Sessa Edward Shapiro

Billboard said Stephen Sessa, who was named in Music Publishing, oversaw one of the biggest music deals in 2017, representing Concord Music’s purchase of Imagem Music Publishing in a transaction valued at $600 million. Sessa, of Century City, also has a client list that includes every major publisher.

Ed Shapiro of New York, named in the Talent category, boasts a diverse client roster ranging from pop superstars Rihanna and Mariah Carey, to marquee DJs Kaskade and Louis the Child. In the past year, Shapiro oversaw the launch of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand and Kaskade’s sold-out, 32,000-capacity Sun Soaked festival in Long Beach, Calif., and shepherded the sale of Circle Talent Agency to United Talent Agency.