Joel Katz, chairman of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s global entertainment and media practice, is without a doubt, a music industry icon.

Katz ranks as one of the most powerful music executives around, representing a diverse slate of acts from R & B Queen Mary J. Blige to Country Music King Kenny Chesney.

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His work can also be seen and felt in a variety of philanthropic initiatives, such as the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and Aids Research.

It would appear Katz has the Midas touch, but his closest friends will tell you he has a heart of gold to boot.

In this edition of Executive Profiles, the legendary entertainment lawyer talks about his journey from small time lawyer to college instructor to attorney for the stars.