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Goldie K. Gabriel ’07
UHLC alumna among nation’s best young lawyers

Goldie K. Gabriel also recognized for activism work and legal community involvement.

Goldie Gabriel

University of Houston Law Center alumna Goldie K. Gabriel ’07 has been honored as one of the nation’s brightest, young lawyers by the National Bar Association and IMPACT’s “2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.”

Gabriel also received the Excellence in Activism award at a special awards gala in Las Vegas during the 87th annual convention of the NBA, the nation's oldest and largest association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges.

“I was so humbled by the company of nominees,” said Gabriel, director of Legal and Business Affairs for Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., one of the largest music publishing companies in the world. “It was truly a great group of attorneys doing wonderful things throughout our communities. I was happy to be recognized with them as one of this year's Top 40 Under 40, and to receive the distinction for activism for the work that I do as an attorney and with several nonprofits.”

Nation’s Best Advocates recognizes African-American legal professionals who have demonstrated achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal community involvement. More than 135 lawyers were nominated during a 30-day period. NBA members and the legal community selected the award recipients.

A native Houstonian, Goldie Gabriel structures, drafts, and negotiates agreements as well as handles intellectual property and contractual issues at Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., which is home to many writers including Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Nickelback, and T.I. She has recently successfully negotiated agreements for Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Waka Flocka Flame, Marc Shaiman, Sebastian Jacome, and Lex Luger.

Gabriel has spoken on various legal issues for several organizations, including the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the California Association of Black Lawyers, as well as being a featured panelist at various conferences and law schools.

In addition, Gabriel serves on several boards, including the John M. Langston Bar Association and the advisory board of The GRAMMY Foundation's Entertainment Law Initiative. She also serves on the advisory board of PUSH to WIN Outreach, Inc., an organization founded by her mother that aims to positively impact the lives of children living in socio-economically disadvantaged areas of Houston.

Gabriel is a member of the American Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, NARAS, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.