About Me

I am an entertainment attorney located on 2nd Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, near the famous Ryman Auditorium and stone’s throw from the famous Music Row .  I have been in the music industry for over 25 years, and have been practicing music and entertainment law full time for over 15 years.  I am also an experienced litigator, having practiced law in Philadelaphia as an both a litigator with a large Center City firm and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 50 company.   In Nashville, I have been lead counsel on major copyright infringement cases winning six-figure verdicts for my clients.  For more information, visit my personal web page at www.musicattorney.biz.  Below are some of my accomplishments:

Publications & Accreditations

Featured and exclusive entertainment attorney on www.yellyo.com, 2007-present.

Featured entertainment attorney on www.digimusictv.com, 2007-present.  

Identified as one of America’s Premier Lawyers by Skynet Radio in 2006.

Creator & Editor of Law on the Row, a marketing publication targeted at developing new clients.

Author, A Day in the Life of a PDA-Enabled Lawyer, PDA247.com & CliePlanet.com, 2003; Reprinted or Linked on the following web publications: About.com, Palmtops/PDA’s; Punch & Jurists Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 11. No. 14; Paul L. Boley Law Library; and Handakte WebLawg (German).

Author, “The Impact of MP3 on Songwriters and the Music Industry,” American Songwriter, Jan.-Mar. 2000.

Author, “Songwriters Meet MP3: The Imminent Shift,” American Songwriter, Sept.-Oct. 2000.

Recipient, Meritorious Service Award, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1997. Co-Author (w/Mitchell S. Bierman), “Avoiding the Legal Power Trap,” Delaware Law Forum, Vol. 17, No. 1, Sept. 1989.Author, “Setting the Standard, featured in Currents, the monthly publication of C.A.S.E. (Council for the Support of Education), Washington, D.C., November 1988.

Seminars & Appearances

Entertainment Law 101, Argosy Art Institute, May 19, 2008.

Interviewed for segment on Digimusictv.com, an online live programming resource for entertainers (Click Here to see interview), 2007.

Interviewed for segment on Skynet Radio, which appeared on United Airlines inflight radio.  (Click Here to listen to interview), 2006.

Entertainment Law Review, Annual Meeting of the Legal Secretaries of Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, March 19, 2005

Current Litigation Developments in Entertainment Law, Nashville, Tennessee, August 31, 2004

Technology Law in Tennessee: An Advanced Approach, Nashville, Tennessee, December 5, 2003

Ethics for the Transactional Lawyer, Nashville, Tennessee, March 7, 2003

Entertainment Law – Copyrights & Trademarks Online – Law Seminars International, Nashville, Tennessee, December 6-7, 2001

The Law of the Internet in Tennessee, National Business Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, October 25, 2001

Internet Law and Research for Legal Professionals in Tennessee, Lorman Education Services, Nashville, Tennessee, October 18, 2000

The Law of the Internet in Tennessee, National Business Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, August 24, 2000

How to Become an Entertainment Lawyer, YMCA Black Acheivers Program, Nashville, Tennessee April 8, 2000

Emerging Legal Issues for Songwriters and Music Publishers, Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriter’s Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, June 4, 1998

Legal Aspects of Songwriting, Encore Books Workshop Series, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, April 20, 1994

Songwriter’s Workshop, New Jersey Songwriter’s Association, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 1994

Legal Aspects of Songwriting & Music Publishing, Christine Lavine’s First Annual Martha’s Vineyard Singer/Songwriter Retreat, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, September 1993

Litigation

Garth Brooks v. Commbine.com, LLC, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA0011000096097, Represented Complainant.. Decided January 3, 2001 in favor of Complainant.C. Russell Bridges p/k/a Leon Russell v. Steve and Ruth Kahn a/k/a Steve Kahn Assoc. a/k/a Leonrussell.org, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA0111000101818. Represented Complainant. Decided in favor of Complainant, December 27, 2001.

Douglas Snider v. Leon Russell, individually and d/b/a Young Carney Music, Chancery Court, Davidson County, Case No. 04-2805-IV. (Represent Defendant – Motion to Dismiss granted with regard to several counts – remaining counts settled in favor of Defendant).Marty Stuart v. Sherry Mattioli, National Arbitration Forum. Represented Complainant.

The Dixie Devils v. Castle Records, Chancery Court of Davidson County, (Represented Plaintiffs – settled prior to trial in favor of clients).

Bob Evans v. ZYX Music Corp., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., (Represented Plaintiff – settled prior to trial in favor of Plaintiff).Warren Haynes v. Dennis Robbins Music, et al., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., (Represent Plaintiff – significant financial settlement prior to trial in flavor of Plaintiff).

Dan Penn, Buckey Lindsey, Lonnie McIntosh v. Brooks & Dunn, Sony Music and EMI Music Publishing, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:97-0077 (Represented Plaintiffs – significant financial settlement prior to trial).Tony Evans, Photographer v. State of Tennessee, Tennessee Claims Commission (Dismissed).Stephen Allen Davis v. Al Gallico, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:02-0443 (Represented Plaintiff – Dismissed on Summary Judgment).

Charles Callelo v. Smith Music Group, et al., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:03-0035 (Represent Plaintiff – Verdict at trial – judgement for the Plaintiff).Sandy Linzer v. Smith Music Group et al., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:03-0034 (Represent Plaintiff – Settled Prior to Trial).

Faye Woodroof, p/k/a “The Grandmother from Hell” v. Donna Carter, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:02-0225 (Represent Plaintiff – Settled Prior to Trial).American Federation of Musicians v. Charles Callelo, Chancery Court, Davidson County, Case No. 01-3679-1 (Represented Defendant – Settled in mediation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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