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Adams and Reese Partner Linda Edell Howard, who serves as the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Team Leader, was recognized as a finalist at the inaugural Women in Music City Awards by the Nashville Business Journal, held September 15th at a red carpet event at the Omni Nashville Hotel.


The awards recognized women who are working in the music business and making a creative and economic impact on the industry. A judging committee consisting of women music professionals from Los Angeles and New York City selected the finalists.

Honorees will also be recognized in a special edition of the Nashville Business Journal.

For more than 10 years,  Edell Howard has helped catapult the Adams and Reese Nashville Music Row office into one of the most well respected and experienced full-service entertainment firms with some of the most popular and successful clients in the music industry. Clients include numerous Grammy and other award winning songwriters and artists, the estates of deceased legendary celebrities, key industry executives, music publishers, personal managers, producers, authors, world-renowned Churches and Ministries, cutting-edge digital music companies and related industry players such as merchandisers, banks and unions.

Adams and Reese has been ranked No. 1 in Entertainment and Media Law in Tennessee for the last five consecutive years by Chambers USA; was named Entertainment Law Firm of the Year in 2010 in Corporate INTL Magazine; and also ranked No. 3 in Nashville in most entertainment cases handled, a listing created by the Nashville Business Journal.

Edell Howard serves as the firm’s Entertainment and New Media Team Leader, has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of entertainment, new media and technology, and domestic and international intellectual property law, and has closed more than 50 asset-based copyright acquisitions/sales and multi-million dollar loans.

She has been recognized among her peers as the only female Music Row attorney and one of four Music Row attorneys selected to the "150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee," a selection made out of 18,000 attorneys. She was also named to the Nashville Post's Top 101 Lawyers, as well as the Nashville Business Journal's Top 150 Lawyers. She is a frequent speaker on various intellectual property and new technology topics and has often served as a guest commentator for Billboard, Music Row magazine, the New York and Tennessee Bar CLE programs and various trade association Town Hall meetings. 

Nashville Business Journal has recognized Howard among the “Best of the Bar” in Entertainment Law. She is listed in Chambers USA as a leader in the area of Media and Entertainment, listed in Best Lawyers (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) - Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, and has been recognized among Mid-South Super Lawyers (by Thomson Reuters) - Entertainment and Sports.