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Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Announces Addition of New Partner Matthew Beckett (1989)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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     Left to right: Mike Milom, David Crow, Molly Shehan, Page Kelley, Chris Horsnell, and Matthew Beckett.

Matthew Beckett is a 30-year entertainment veteran whose perspective on the music industry began long before his legal career. He grew up near Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where his father, producer Barry Beckett, was one of the "Swampers;" a group of studio musicians immortalized by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the song "Sweet Home Alabama." His father's career allowed Beckett to cross paths with industry greats including Atlantic Records co-founder Jerry Wexler, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger Glen Frey, Dire Straits and Alabama. Beckett moved with his family to Nashville, Tennessee in 1985, where he earned a BBA with a Concentration in Music Business degree at Belmont College. After stints as a production assistant, music publisher and recording engineer on several Grammy-nominated albums, Beckett graduated from law school and has been representing clients in all facets of the music industry for the past 11 years.

Beckett serves as a current member of the TBA, ABA, CMA, and the ACM as well as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University. Additionally, he served on the Counsel for the Entertainment & Sports Law section of the TBA (2010 - 2013); Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the TBA (2011-2012); and on the Criteria Task Force for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (2009 and 2011).

"I have known and respected Mike for many years from when he represented my father, Barry Beckett. Mike and his team have set the standard that I've strived to emulate since becoming a lawyer. I'm beyond excited to be a part of this firm's future," said Beckett.

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