Ken Abdo Lauded as a Midwest Trailblazer by The American Lawyer

April 6, 2021 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP congratulates Ken Abdo, who was named among the 2021 Midwest Trailblazers by The American Lawyer.

This sought-after distinction honors “agents of change…who have moved the needle in the legal industry.”

Through innovative dealmaking and passionate advocacy, Abdo has proven that “location, location, location” does not dictate success in entertainment law. A former professional rock musician, he built a national, multi-attorney entertainment law practice in Minnesota. When the group joined Fox in 2017, it was a catalyst for growth in the firm’s entertainment law practice that has become one of the largest in America.

Abdo’s holistic counsel protects and enhances the value of artists’ contributions to music culture through recapturing copyrights; negotiating with record companies and music publishers; securing new deals for new products; and music estate planning. Recent deals include renegotiating Kool & The Gang’s complete recording catalog; negotiating TOTO‘s 40th Anniversary complete works/box set, renegotiating music agreements for hip-hop architects Eric B. and Rakim; and securing new recording/distribution agreements for sibling band HANSON, contemporary music pianist Jim Brickman, guitar great Jonny Lang and the legendary Roberta Flack, among others. Abdo has worked on the estates of Minnesota’s own Prince; Bill Haley, one of the founders of rock and roll; iconic jazz pianist McCoy Tyner; and many others.

A pioneer and thought leader in the industry, Abdo was selected for Nashville’s prestigious Leadership Music Class of 2020, served for 12 years as the co-chair of the SXSW music law conference, was elected a member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY®) national Board of Trustees and was the first from the Midwest to serve as national chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law. He has also been named among Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers for four consecutive years and is a frequently published author and presenter on music copyrights, trademarks and music estate planning.

He earned his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Minnesota.