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

Additional Credits

  • 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

Publications

  • 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