April 2, 2024

Partners Sidney Fohrman, Alex Weingarten and Shane Nix and have been named among Billboard’s “2024 Top Music Lawyers,” an annual list of the music industry’s foremost dealmakers, counselors and litigators.
They were recognized for leading cutting-edge transactions and high-profile disputes “on the front lines of the music industry.” Billboard highlighted Willkie’s recent representation of Primary Wave in its partnership with the Village People and acquisition of a stake in the band’s catalog.
The team also recently represented Create Music Group in a number of catalog and company acquisitions and joint ventures, and Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung on tax and copyright matters related to the sale of his publishing and recording rights. Billboard also noted the firm’s recent work for high-profile clients including Selena Gomez, Manny Marroquin and Snoop Dogg. 
In addition, the publication highlighted Sid Fohrman’s interest in ensuring that technology supports success across the music industry. 
“We, as an industry, need to focus on economic solutions that promote both a vibrant and sustainable creative community without stifling innovation,” he told Billboard.
Sid Fohrman is Chair of Willkie’s Music and Digital Media Practice in Los Angeles. He represents public and private companies, as well as talent, public figures and entrepreneurs across the entertainment industry on complex transactions. Billboard has selected Sid for this honor every year since 2019.
Alex Weingarten is Managing Partner of Willkie’s Los Angeles office and Chair of the firm’s Entertainment Litigation Practice. One of the entertainment industry’s top trial lawyers and business leaders, Alex has been recognized by Billboard every year since 2018.
Shane Nix is a leading tax attorney focused entertainment industry transactions. He counsels companies and individuals on complex business transactions, with an emphasis on transactional tax matters relating to the acquisition, disposition and restructuring of businesses, corporations and partnerships. This is the third year in a row that Shane has been named to Billboard’s “Top Music Lawyers.”
View Billboard’s “2024 Top Music Lawyers” report here (subscription required).