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 2019.

Related Professionals: Stephen E. Sessa Edward Shapiro

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Billboard made reference to Stephen’s work selling the Stargate catalog of writer-producers Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, which Shamrock Capital bought in a deal believed to be worth $65 million, citing that “when big music publishing song-catalog deals happen, Sessa, is often involved”. Other corporate clients of Stephen include Concord Music, Round Hill, Roc Nation and the three major music publishers, while on the creative side his other clients include Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert, Kesha, James Fauntleroy, Linda Perry, Blackpink/YG Entertainment, Glen Ballard, Neal Schon and songwriting duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann.

Billboard noted Ed Shapiro’s work on negotiating Rihanna’s groundbreaking partnership with luxury goods company LVMH, including her Savage X Fenty Lingerie line and Fenty Beauty. Ed, who is based in New York, also advises Normani, Anitta, Kaskade, Mariah Carey, SZA, Lord Huron, Romeo Santos and Kesha.