Entertainment attorneys team up with NY/LA boutique

Music catalog specialist, Leadership Music board member joins firm as partner

An entertainment business-focused law firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles has absorbed a small local boutique that represents artists Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square, among others.

Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields officials say Petree Law and its attorneys Chip Petree and Matt Cottingham are "a great addition" to its Nashville presence and its global client base, which includes artists CeeLo Green and Snoop Dogg as well as companies Pepsi, Vector Management and Tommy Hilfiger USA, among others. The firm will change the shingle at Petree's Germantown shop at 1221 Sixth Ave. N.

Petree, pictured on the left, has joined Ritholz Levy as a partner in its entertainment practice group, bringing with him a music catalog sale practice that has handled more than 30 deals worth more than $70 million over the past decade. Petree is a board member at Leadership Music who also has been general manager and vice president of business affairs at Copyright Exchange, a marketplace for intellectual property

Cottingham, right, joined Petree in August of last year. Before that, he worked at ICS Law Group for four years.

“We are very proud and excited to be joining Ritholz Levy and opening their Nashville office,” Petree said. “Not only are they great lawyers, they are fantastic people, and the focused range of additional services that the firm provides is a perfect fit for our clients from both a national and international perspective."

Ritholz Levy is home to 22 attorneys. Founding and Managing Partner Adam Ritholtz said combining his firm's broad range of work with entertainment, apparel and IP clients with Petree and Cottingham builds a base for more growth in Music City.

“When we met Chip Petree and learned about his practice we knew we’d found the right partnership for our Nashville presence and Matt Cottingham’s background, experience and exciting new clients make a great addition,” Ritholz said.