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Latham Adds Preeminent Music Licensing Lawyer to Growing Copyright Practice

March 6, 2023
Gabe Fleet brings a wealth of experience in complex music licensing transactions garnered from working in the music industry and private practice.

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Gabe Fleet has joined the firm as a partner in the Connectivity, Privacy & Information Practice. Fleet is a leading deal lawyer in the music space, representing entertainment, digital media, and technology companies in connection with large-scale licensing transactions and related strategic guidance.

“Gabe is a nationally renowned music licensing lawyer, and we are thrilled he’s joining us,” said Marc Jaffe, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York. “His deep knowledge of the music industry and his extensive deal-making experience will be of immense value to our technology and digital media clients in New York and beyond.”

Matthew Brill, Global Chair of Latham’s Connectivity, Privacy & Information Practice, added: “With more than a decade of skills honed from working for a leading streaming provider and in private practice, Gabe is a formidable addition to our growing team. His transactional and advisory experience complements our already considerable offering to the growing number of clients who find themselves needing world-class counsel to navigate the complex world of music rights.”

Andy Gass, a copyright litigation partner in the Bay Area, stated: “By integrating Gabe’s formidable skill set on the deal side into our comprehensive litigation, counseling, and regulatory capabilities, there is no music-related issue our team can’t handle successfully for our clients. Entrepreneurial, creative, and personable, Gabe is also a natural fit with our group culturally.”

“Latham is known for cutting-edge thinking, developing novel approaches for the hard legal questions that digital media, music, and entertainment companies face every day, and it’s an honor to join this dynamic team,” said Fleet. “I have long admired the firm’s culture of collaboration and collegiality, and I look forward to growing Latham’s transactional capabilities for clients with music and media licensing needs.”

Fleet joins Latham from iHeartMedia, where he served as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Music Licensing Counsel. Currently admitted to practice in Georgia and Alabama, Fleet anticipates being part of Latham’s New York office upon admission to the New York Bar. He received his BA from the University of Georgia and his JD from the Vanderbilt University Law School.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes To Editors

1Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi, a limited liability company, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.