Opens new Nashville office
Patrick Sabatini and Jeff Koenig named partners
New York, NY—April 24, 2018—Entertainment law firm Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy & Worobhas appointed Craig Averillas a name partner and will change its name to Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy Worob & Averill LLP.
In addition to the name change, the firm (SRHMWA) has promoted attorneys Patrick Sabatiniand Jeffrey Koenigto partners and is reestablishing a Nashville office, with three attorneys initially, to be co-headed by Sabatiniand partner J. Reid Hunter. SRHMWA represents a broad range of recording artists, producers, songwriters, record companies, music publishers, music royalty monetization companies, music industry executives, marketing and promotion companies, personal managers, production companies and booking agencies in all aspects of transactional entertainment law.
Averill, based in New York, represents entertainment marketing companies such as Cornerstone, Red Bull Media House, and others. Producer and artist clients for Averillrange from John Hill– producer and co-writer for such hits as “Feel it Still” by Portugal the Man – LCD Soundsystem, Phoenixand Interpolto RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke and Baauer, and most recently Jojiand Niki, both ascendant stars newly signed to the Asian hip hop label 88Rising.
“It is well deserved for Craig to become a name partner of Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy Worob & Averill,” says Joe SerlingFounder and Senior Partner. “From the time Craig became involved with our firm, he has contributed enormously to its growth and organization and I only foresee continued growth in the future.”
“In addition to handling our deals with FADER Label, our music publishing venture and many of the Cornerstone brand deals we do,” says Jon Cohen, co-Founder & co-CEO The FADER& Cornerstone Agency, “Craig has been a tremendous strategic resource for us as we have grown our combined companies over the years. Craig truly understands the landscape of the music business and has been an amazing partner to The FADER and Cornerstone. We congratulate Craig on his well-deserved appointment to name partner and look forward to our continued success with him.”
Averillbegan his career with Sony Music Entertainmentbefore serving as the general manager for Gypsy Records, an independent record label established with Walter Yetnikoff, formerly president and CEO of CBS Records/Sony Music. Averillentered into private law practice in 1999; in 2004 he formed his own law firm Sciorra Leaness Averill & Rubenstein LLCwhere he remained until aligning with SRHMWA in 2008, becoming a partner in January 2016.
SRHMWA’s expansion to Nashville follows a natural evolution of the firm as they already represent a wide cross-section of talent and corporate clients closely associated with Music Row and beyond. Current Nashville-based clients include Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studios, Jamey Johnson, River House Artists (home to CMA-nominated Luke Combs), Jason Isbell, White’s Mercantile (owned by musician Holly Williams), Curb Records (intellectual property matters), Word Records (intellectual property matters), the Kinkead Entertainment Agency and Judah & the Lion. The firm also represents a significant number of Nashville-based agents, having recently negotiated Nashville power agent Scott Clayton’s recent move to William Morris Endeavor. In addition, the firm represents the estates of Country Music Hall of Fame Artists Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, Don Williams and Dottie West, as well as several legacy country artists such as John Anderson.
SRHMWA Partner, J. Reid Huntercommented, “Over the years, our firm has observed the incredible growth of the music business in all genres in Nashville and it’s been our goal to return to ‘Music City’ so that we might interface more regularly with our existing clients there, as well as expand our client base. We are elated to once again have an office in Nashville. We already represent a significant number of the industry’s Nashville-based booking agents, artists and music companies. Our new Nashville office will enable us to better serve those existing clients and to work more closely with the growing number of artists, writers, producers, executives and music and branding companies based in Nashville, while drawing upon the exceptional pool of legal and business talent graduating from the local universities.”
Patrick Sabatini, based in Nashville,focuses his practice on the representation of recording artists and performers, songwriters, entrepreneurs and innovators in the music space, branding agencies, independent music publishers, record labels and executives in the entertainment industry. His expertise includes recording and music publishing matters, strategic partnerships, merchandise and touring agreements, private aircraft agreements, branding agreements and copyright issues.
Jeffrey Koenig’sclient list includes Grammy nominated recording artists, up-and-coming musicians and bands, Fortune 500 companies, independent record labels, industry executives, publishers, managers, songwriters, DJ’s, producers, vinyl record companies, and music PR and branding companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Jeffrey worked for five years as an in-house attorney for Universal Motown Republic Group.
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