Lee Phillips, Esq.
Of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Corporate Counsel to M17
A leader in the music industry for over 30 years, Mr. Phillips has earned a reputation for intelligence, creativity and integrity in representing major musicians, recording artists, composers, record companies and publishing companies. Mr. Phillips focuses primarily on contract negotiations within the music industry and acts as the general legal advisor to a multitude of artists and companies in this field.
His clients include a variety of internationally renowned performers including Barbra Streisand, Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, Carly Simon, The Eagles, Glenn Frey, Kenny Loggins, Randy Jackson, Steve Perry, Tracy Chapman and Yanni. Mr. Phillips’ broad base of knowledge enables him to provide his clients with strategic and tactical guidance, as well as the gamut of legal advice ranging from litigation, licensing and corporate issues to copyright, privacy, tax issues and the sale of publishing catalogs, among other matters.
Mr. Phillips began his career as a tax trial attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He started in private practice in California in 1963 and steadily developed his entertainment clientele. In 1977, he joined the firm that was eventually named Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.