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Chicago, April 12, 2021

Becker Named to Billboard Magazine's Top Music Lawyers List for Third Consecutive Year

Billboard Magazine named Jeffrey S. Becker, partner and chair of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group, to its 2021 Top Music Lawyers list for the third consecutive year.

This prestigious list honors prominent music and entertainment attorneys from around the country. According to BIllboard, "Over the past tumultuous year, the leading music attorneys chosen for the 2021 edition of Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers — nominated by their firms and peers and chosen by our editors — have played an essential role."

Billboard recognized Becker for his representing the estate of late hip-hop artist and fast-rising Chicago rapper King Von. According to the article, Becker's clients include "a diverse roster of producers, such as BTS collaborator Vincent Nantes, Lil Pump beatmaker Fizzle and Kim Petras producer Vaughn. Recent deals include the signing of singer-rapper Miles to Elektra Records and SoundCloud star Yung Divide to Epic Records."

Bilboard also asked Becker what young artists must ask their lawyer. He told the magazine, "What is the Mechanical Licensing Collective, and what do I need to do to make sure I am collecting all my publishing revenue?’"

A Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attorney for over a decade, Becker founded the firm’s Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group in 2013. Becker currently serves as secretary on the Recording Academy's Board of Governors for the Chicago Chapter and co-chair of its Legislative Advocacy Committee. He formerly served as president of Lawyers for the Creative Arts’ Associate Board and co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Media and Entertainment Committee.

Becker is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor of music law, and Illinois Wesleyan University.

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