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February 09, 2024

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Attends the 66th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP attended the 66th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 4. The firm's Entertainment and Media Law practice group members Jeffrey S. Becker, Michelle W. Wahl, and Mark J. McLoughlin joined friends and longtime clients of the firm and the music industry's biggest stars at the Arena in Los Angeles, CA.

Firm client, poet, songwriter, and author, J. Ivy kicked off the day and opened the Grammy Premiere Ceremony alongside fellow nominees Pentatonix, Larkin Poe, Jordin Sparks, and iconic drummer, Sheila E. He took home his 3rd Grammy—and 2nd in the Best Spoken Word Poetry Album category—for his latest album, The Light Inside.

Following the performance, representatives of the GRAMMY U program, including the Chicago Chapter’s Rachel Owen, were introduced on stage and served as trophy presenters for the ceremony. Partners Becker and Wahl serve as mentors to the Grammy U program, which connects college students with the industry's most notable leaders and provides aspiring professionals with the tools and opportunities necessary to start a career in the music industry.

Our team also attended The Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon with The Recording Academy, which is the preeminent event for entertainment attorneys and those in the music business community, honoring the industry's top legal practitioners.

Jeffrey S. Becker founded the firm's Entertainment and Media Law Practice Group in 2013. His clients include Grammy Award-winning musicians, producers and songwriters, publishers and record labels, professional athletes, authors, independent filmmakers, and other creative individuals and entertainment-related businesses. Becker has served as secretary on the Recording Academy's Board of Governors for the Chicago Chapter and co-chair of its Legislative Advocacy Committee. Learn more about Jeff and his practice here.

Michelle M. Wahl is a Partner at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and focuses her practice on intellectual property and entertainment matters, where she diligently represents a wide range of songwriters, artists, producers, and other creative individuals and entertainment-related businesses. With a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property, Michelle is Co-Chair of the firm's Entertainment and Media Practice Group and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactional Services Practice Group. Learn more about Michelle and her practice here.

Mark J. McLoughlin is an Associate at Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, specializing in Entertainment and Media Law. Mark is licensed as an attorney in both California and Illinois. He has also assisted art collectors, large corporations, and individuals in commercial litigation and business disputes. Learn more about Mark and his practice here.

Our attorneys provide a full array of services in the film, television, music, theatre, digital media, and Internet industries. Learn more about Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP's Entertainment and Media Law practice group.

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