Chip Petree opened the Nashville office of Ritholz Levy Fields in 2014 as a partner in the firm’s Entertainment Group after a decade heading up his own law practice, Petree Law. As a practitioner specializing in transactional work in the music and entertainment industries, Chip represents a diverse group of individuals and companies in all areas of the entertainment industry, including #1 songwriters, critically acclaimed and chart-topping recording artists, record producers, independent music publishers, new media service providers, and on-air television talent. In addition to his own law practice, since its inception in 2004 Chip also served as General Manager for Copyright Exchange, LLC, a consulting and brokerage firm that specialized in the buying and selling of copyright catalogs. Through his law practice and Copyright Exchange, Chip has closed over thirty catalog sales worth over $70 million and has established himself as a leader and authority on the catalog market.
Chip began his career in as a lawyer in two boutique entertainment law practices in Nashville, and he has spent two years practicing technology law at a major international law firm in Silicon Valley. Chip has also served in the in-house legal departments at the RIAA, BMG Entertainment and CBS Cable/MTV Networks, where he was primary counsel to CMT.
Chip is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and a 1997 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a member of NARAS/The Recording Academy, Academy of Country Music, AIMP, Country Music Association, Copyright Society of the South, Nashville Bar Association (and its Sports and Entertainment Law Committee), Leadership Music (Board Member) and SOLID.