ANDREW G. TAVEL
For over 30 years Andy has been an ardent legal advocate for creators of intellectual property and entertainment entrepreneurs. His client base spans the spectrum from emerging talent to iconic music superstars and from established companies to start-ups.
Andy is well versed in the challenges facing the music industry and has spoken at numerous educational events, been featured in books, quoted in Billboard and the Wall Street Journal, and interviewed on NPR. Andy is actively involved with NARAS’ NY Chapter’s Board of Governors, the Board of Directors of the TJ Martell Foundation (the music industry’s charity committed to finding a cure for cancer) and the ABA’s Music & Personal Appearances Division as its Vice Chair.
Andy received his A.B. from Brown University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, taught at the University of Miami School of Law, and is admitted to the New York and Florida bars.
Most importantly Andy has been happily married to his wife Lorin for 28 years and they have three spectacular children: Jackson, Keaton & Logan.
Awards & Recognition
Selected by Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale - Hubbell
Selected, Chambers & Partners USA Guide – Media & Entertainment: Music – New York, 2009-2018
Executive Producer, Dr. John’s Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch album
Associate Producer, Dr. Zhivago musical
Professional & Community Involvement
Qwire, Advisory Board
3rd Annual Law Rocks NYC Judge, 2016
National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy Organization). New York Chapter Board of Governors positions previously or currently held: Vice President, Secretary / Treasurer, Committees: Nominations, Advocacy, Entertainment Law Initiative Advisory
TJ Martell Foundation positions previously or currently held: National Board of Directors, East Coast Board of Directors, Secretary and General Counsel, Committees: Executive, Family Day
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Entertainment Industry Committee
American Bar Association Vice Chair of the Music & Personal Appearance Division, 2013 – present
The Creative Coalition Music Co-Chair, 2012
Quoted: “Katy Perry’s Perfect Game,” National Public Radio, interviewed by Zoe Chace, 2012
Featured in The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, Dan Charnas, 2010
Featured Chapter, It All Begins With the Music: Developing Successful Artists for the New Music Business, Don Grierson and Dan Kimpel, 2009
Quoted in Billboard articles “Degrees of Difficulty,” & “Behind the Live Nation/Madonna Deal,” 2008 and “Music & Law: The New Dealmakers,” 2004
Quoted in The Wall Street Journal article “Now, Here’s The Pitch (Featuring Ja Rule and Gwen Stefani),” 2002
Recent Speaking Engagements
NYU Steinhardt’s Summer Songwriter’s Workshop, Guest Speaker 2016
American Bar Association (ABA) Entertainment Panel: “Working with Creatives”, 2015 & 2016
NYU Steinhardt’s: “Decision-Making in the Music Business” Guest Speaker, 2015 & 2016
ABA Entertainment Panel: “Copyright, Copy Left, Do You Copy?”, 2014
The Council of Music Creators Music Biz 101 Panel: “Songwriter Agreements”, 2014
NARAS futureNOW Panel: “Independent Artist”, 2014