Attorney Profile

Kenneth J. Abdo

Kenneth Abdo

Lommen Abdo, P.A.
1000 International Centre, 920 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Lommen Abdo, P.A.
Phone 612-336-9316
Fax 612-339-8064


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2014

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 years bottom-image

Practice Areas

Entertainment & Sports

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Ken Abdo is Chair of Lommen Abdo Law Firm’s Entertainment Law Department which has served as legal counsel to music, film, TV, theatre, literary publishing and media artists for 30 years.  Firm clients include multiple Grammy® award recipients, gold and platinum recording artist’s motion picture and Emmy® award winning TV talent and productions, regional and Broadway theater talent and productions, literary authors and media talent. Following earlier years as a musician and entertainer, his commitment to arts advocacy and the legal profession have led him to national leadership positions including past Chair of Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative, past Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries. Ken is a voting member for the GRAMMY Awards and serves on the Recording Academy Chicago Chapter Board of Governors. He was an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul for 11 years. He was selected “Minnesota Lawyer of the Year” in 2009 by Minnesota Lawyer Publications, was again selected to “Best Lawyers in America” in 2013 and has earned Martindale Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent”* rating by his peers. He is a frequent national lecturer and a published author on entertainment law topics including co-author of the popular law school textbook “Law and Business of the Entertainment Industries” by Biederman et al. (Praeger).

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

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An Entertaining Practice
Ken Abdo rides with the band

About Kenneth Abdo

Law School: William Mitchell College of Law

Admitted: 1983, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, The Recording Academy®, Entertainment Law Initiative Executive Committee, 2006
  • Charter Member, The Recording Academy®, Entertainment Law Initiative Executive Committee, 2006
  • University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, Distinguished Alumni Award for achievement in law, education and community service, 2005
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1983
  • Minnesota, 1983
  • Voting Member (musician/producer), National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences/The Recording Academy®, (presenter of the Grammy® Awards) Chicago Chapter, Governor, 2005 - Present
  • Member, Concerts for the Environment (producer of the official 25th Anniversary Earth Day concert, Washington, D.C., Board Member, 1992 - 1996
  • Member, Hennepin County, Minnesota State and American Bar Associations
  • Board Member, Cricket Theatre, Minneapolis, 1990 - 1996
  • Board Chair, Cricket Theatre, Minneapolis, 1994 - 1996
  • Board Member, Minnesota Film Board, 1999 - 2001
  • Member, T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer and Leukemia Research, Midwest Committee, 1999 - 2001
  • Member, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute International Advisory Board, Board Member, 2000 - Present
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries:  "The Entertainment & Sports Lawyer," Editor-in-Chief, 2000 - 2002
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries:  National Music Division Chair, 2000 - 2002
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries:  National Forum Chair, 2003 - 2005
  • Member, American Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Entertainment Law Ethics," ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, 2005
  • "Entertainment Law Ethics," Entertainment, Publishing and The Arts Handbook, Thomson/West, 2005
  • "Shopping Record Deals for Lawyers:  A&R Approach and Ethics Issues" ABA Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, Summer, 2005
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Conference Journal, 2004
  • "Agents, Managers and Lawyers:  A Roadmap for the Entertainment Attorney," Entertainment Law:  Cases and Materials (3d ed.), Matthew Bender & Co. Inc., 2003
  • "The Practical Musician - A Legal Guidebook to the Music Industry," Minnesota CLE, Contributing Author, 1993
  • Practicing Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Adjunct Professor, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • University of Texas at Austin & The Texas Bar Association, Austin, Texas
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Convention, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
  • South by Southwest, Austin, Texas
  • Sedona Conference on Independent Music & Film, Sedona, Arizona
  • Resources & Counseling for the Arts/Springboard for the Arts, Minnesota
  • Recording Academy, The, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Philadelphia Music Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio
  • National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University School of Law, Marquette, Wisconsin
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, Minnesota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Art & Entertainment Section, Minnesota
  • Minnesota's Journal on Law & Politics, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Minnesota Association of Professional DJs, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Institute of Production & Recording, The, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Hamline University Law School, Adjunct Professor, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Emerging Artists & Talent in Music (EAT'M), Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Colorado Sate Bar Association, Denver, Colorado
  • Billboard Music & Money Symposium, New York, New York
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, California
  • Atlantis Music Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
  • American Law Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • American Bar Association Your Lawyer Division, New York, New York
  • American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries Annual Meetings, USA
  • Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law, William Mitchell College of Law, 1992 to 2003
  • "Law & Business of the Entertainment Industries," 5th Edition, Praeger
  • "Entertainment Law Ethics," Practicing Law Institute, 1999 - 2003
  • "The Economics of Developing & Maintaining an Entertainment Law Practice," Entertainment, Publishing & Arts Handbook, 2005 - 2006

Representative Clients:

  • Prophet Omega (Capitol)
  • Michelle Branch (Maverick)
  • Major market radio disc jockeys, TV anchors, program directors and managers
  • The Off-Broadway play "Triple Espresso"
  • Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, The Emmy® Award winning, made for TV movie, "Deep In My Heart", starring Anne Bancroft and Gloria Reuben (CBS)
  • Vienna Teng (Rounder)
  • Music Estate
  • Tiny Tim
  • Tagine (Bluhammock)
  • Steven Anderson (American Gramaphone)
  • Rockie Lynn(Universal)
  • The Replacements (Twin Tone/Reprise)
  • Reeve Carney (Interscope)
  • Luther Allison (Alligator Records)
  • Austin City Limits
  • Kristen Hall (Sugarland)
  • Jonny Lang (A&M/Interscope)
  • Johnny Rivers (Soul City Records, Inc.)
  • Jimmy Thackery (Telarc Records)
  • Jessica Harp (Maverick)
  • Gingerjake
  • Garrison Keillor (Rounder)
  • Bobby Vee (Liberty)
  • Billy McLaughlin (Narada/Virgin Records)
  • Anna Nalick (Columbia)
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