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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 02:53 PM
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Lawyer Takes Unusual Career Path to Turner
Phil Walden finds niche in music section of broadcasting company

Katheryn Hayes Tucker
Fulton County Daily Report
December 19, 2007

Whatever you think you know about the career path for corporate lawyers you can forget on the way to meet Philip M. Walden Jr. at Turner Broadcasting System's headquarters on Techwood Avenue at 10th Street in Atlanta.

The first order of business, although it's nearly 5 p.m., is a strong cup of coffee, straight, at Turner's employee dining area, the Station Break. A tour of sorts ensues. Of Turner's corporate headquarters. And of Walden's rocking and rolling career.

Whatever others were doing before, during or after law school was probably nothing like what Walden was doing. Managing bands. Setting up concert tours. Working out the details of record contracts. Growing up with the biggest names in Southern rock. Helping out in the family business -- which was Capricorn Records, founded by his father, the late Phil Walden, manager of the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band and business partner and best friend of soul legend Otis Redding.

The younger Walden started out working in Capricorn's mail room. Before long, he was doing his own deals. He signed a band called Widespread Panic after hearing them at a fraternity party.

At the University of Georgia, where he met his future wife, he mixed classes with rock and roll. He finished his English degree at Mercer back in his hometown, Macon, Ga. -- where his father and his childhood friends are in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Along the way, he decided to become a lawyer.

He still seems surprised that after graduation from Mercer Law in 1992, he landed an offer from King & Spalding. "I never expected that in my wildest dreams," he said. "I had long hair. I was a hippie from the '70s. I didn't own a suit."

The King & Spalding experience taught him a lot and, in retrospect, he said, he probably should have stayed longer. But after a year, the music business -- and his famous father -- called. He moved to Nashville in 1993 to work for a new incarnation of Capricorn, then later moved back to Atlanta. After Capricorn shut down in 2000, he went into private practice. He handled a variety of corporate matters, but the work was far from his earlier life. His father passed away in April 2006.

Walden has found a niche now in the music section of Turner Entertainment Group's in-house legal department, combining his skills as an attorney with his experience in the recording industry. He does volunteer work for the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. He is on the board of advisers for a new music business program at the University of Georgia. And he's a soccer dad, driving his daughter to practice and games, among a long list of other activities with his wife and family of four school-aged children.

He talked about it all over coffee in his office, with photos of his father and other family members with famous Georgians from Gregg Allman to Jimmy Carter.

Day- to-day role: Music is a big part of everything we do here. We work with contracts and copyrights for the music used on the Cartoon Network and all the Turner stations: TNT, TBS, Turner Classic Movies, Court TV ... This job is the only one in this town that really draws specifically on what I know how to do.

Favorite part of the job: My only regret is that I didn't make it to Turner earlier in my career. The people are phenomenal and the work is always interesting. ... It's one of the few places where you meet lawyers who don't hate being lawyers. It's a civilized place to work.

Best preparation: I think a degree in English, for me, was better preparation than political science would have been. You do so much writing for an English degree. I think that made law school easier.

Neighborhood: We just moved to Candler Park. It's closer. I have a house I'd like to sell in Decatur.

Most recent trip: I just got back from a CLE in Puerto Rico. I took my wife. It was an entertainment law program. It was a great place to have it.

Currently reading: A biography of Alexander Hamilton. I like reading Revolutionary War-era biographies. I get a book every month from Square Books in Oxford, Miss. -- William Faulkner's hometown. They get signed copies of books by Southern authors. They're not all good. But it lets you see what's new. I like to read airport books. My wife likes the deep stuff. She's reading "Love in the Time of Cholera." And she loves to read Faulkner.

Favorite music: I am fanatical about Elvis and the Allman Brothers, but I listen to all kinds of music. Gregg Allman is still the coolest guy on the planet in my book.


 

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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 03:01 PM
I had hoped Phillip might actually be able to get Capricorn studios up and running again to finish what his father had started before he died. But it sounds as if he's found what brings him happiness and that's the main thing. Good for Phillip. Thank you for posting the article.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 05:58 PM
Really super guy. Wish he would get back in the "record business".
He discovered Widespread Panic who have done really well.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 08:24 PM
My first real paying job ... other than helping my dad....
was as a counselor at "Y" camp in Macon. This was a day
camp ... we'd meet up in the mornings at the old
downtown YMCA bldg. ... now called Macon Health
Club .... located a good 3-wood from old Capricorn offices.
From there we'd ride an old bus out into Jones County
where the actual camp was.
Phil attended a few years ... he was in my group one session
prob about summer 68 maybe 69. He was young ... 6 or 7
maybe and I was 15 or so. Good kid .... quiet ... not a brat
at all . No surprise hair was longer than most kids.
I remember us counselors joked and poked each other about
how hot his mom was. I think she was like a former beauty
queen type ... and we were .. well ... teenage boys.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 08:31 PM
Working for Ted Turner? He's not gonna colorize the cover of Idewild South is he?

 

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  posted on 12/19/2007 at 08:51 PM
Sadly, working for TBS does not equate to working for Ted Turner anymore. It's probably a decent place to work though. Mr Walden must be a very smart guy; King & Spalding only hires the best law grads, say top 10% of their class usually. Good to see a fellow Mercerian in the news. We should try to recruit him to HTW, that would be cool to have him here.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 10:30 AM
Thanks for posting that.

I thought Ted was still over TBS, just not CNN and all that other Time Warner stuff? Mouth of the South, ya gotta love him. You can even see him dining in Ted's next to the Tabernacle frequently, as it's the Turner Building, and he lives in the top floors when in town. Nice as a can be the last time I saw him there.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 10:36 AM
TBS is under the TWX umbrella too. Uncle Ted is a great man. Whatever happened to Bill Tush?

 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 12:56 PM
Bill Tush rocks. He pops up on CNN occassionally, doing special reports. Loved his morning show on 70's TBS of some sort when I was a kid.
 

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  posted on 12/20/2007 at 01:14 PM
Roger "Hurricane" Wilson produced some feature stuff for CNN for a number of years in Atlanta. Don't know if he's still doing that.
 
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