Kenneth J. Abdo

Areas of Practice:
Entertainment & Media Law
Office Location:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ken Abdo is the founder and Chair of the Entertainment Law Department. He has practiced entertainment law for over 30 years and is a former professional musician and DJ.

His commitment to artist advocacy and the legal profession has led him to national leadership positions including: Governor of the Recording Academy (presenter of the GRAMMY® Awards) Chicago Chapter; Recording Academy Board of Trustees; GRAMMY Foundation Board of Directors; former Chair of the GRAMMY Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) and its current Program Chair; former national Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He is the Co-Chair of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) CLE program featuring 12 panels on interactive, film and music law topics presented by Lommen Abdo. He was an adjunct and founding professor of Entertainment Law at Mitchell/Hamline School of Law (Saint Paul, Minnesota).

Ken is a co-author of the law school textbook Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries (Praeger Press) and is a published author of many articles and a lecturer at many conferences and schools.  He is a regular local and national media commentator on entertainment law issues.

He has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America by U.S. World & News Report for his work in Entertainment Law since 2013 and to Billboard’s 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz. He was selected as a “Minnesota Attorney of the Year” in 2009 by Minnesota Lawyer. He has been selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who Legal” in the area of Sports & Entertainment Law from 2013 to 2015. He has also been selected a Minnesota Super Lawyer every year since 2003 and is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.

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University of Minnesota, B.A., Honors Division, 1979

William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1982

Minnesota, 1983

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1983

Current National Board of Trustees Member of The Recording Academy® (presenter of the GRAMMY® Awards).

Past member of the Chicago Chapter Board of Governors of the Recording Academy

Current voting member (musician/producer) of the Recording Academy

Past National Chair and current Executive Committee Member and Program Chair for The Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative

Past National Forum Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries

Past Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association Art and Entertainment Law Section