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Karl Fowlkes is an internationally recognized entertainment lawyer, music business professor and entrepreneur who has negotiated groundbreaking deals in the entertainment industries while remaining committed to disruption and new media. Born and raised in South Jersey, Karl did his higher education at both St John’s University (Bachelor’s in Journalism) and Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (JD).

Following a short stint at Bloomberg L.P. after law school, Karl boldly opened his own law practice, The Fowlkes Firm, and quickly became known for his advocacy for music producers, commitment to innovative deal structures for all creatives and education in the entertainment industry that has given creatives more business strategy tools than ever before. The firm’s clients include artists, musicians, athletes, producers and creative companies that have amassed billions of streams, RIAA certifications, grammy awards and appreciation from the likes of Forbes, Rolling Stone, Business Insider, ESPN, Billboard and more.

In addition to building The Fowlkes Firm, Karl is an equity partner in EVGLE LLC, a full service recording, publishing and venture company home to chart topping artist Blxst. When not building businesses, Karl is a Music Business Professor at the Billboard Recognized Music Industry Program at Drexel University. Karl’s courses include: Hip-Hop Evolution, Music Publishing, Contracts in the Music Industry and Copyright Law.