Press Release

Two Cooley Partners Named Among Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers

Team highlighted for representing Justin Bieber in sale of music rights
April 3, 2024

Los Angeles and San Francisco – April 3, 2024 – Cooley partners Michael Rhodes and Matt Hallinan were named to Billboard’s 2024 Top Music Lawyers list, which recognizes the “attorneys on the front lines of the music industry’s legal battles and deals.” Rhodes and Hallinan were noted for their representation of Justin Bieber in the $200 million sale of his music rights to Blackstone-backed Hipgnosis – the largest music rights acquisition by the company to date.

Factors influencing Billboard’s editorial selections include the stature of clients, based in part on year-end sales, streaming performance, market share and revenue estimates.

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