Christian Barker
Nashville
(615) 259-1366

Education

University of Tennessee, B.A

Stetson University, M.B.A Gordon and Jean Wells Scholar,

Vermont Law School, M. of Environmental Law & Policy, cum laude,

University of New Hampshire – Franklin Pierce School of Law, Intellectual Property Exchange,

Stetson University College of Law, William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, J.D

Christian Barker
Christian Barker, Special Counsel, joined the Nashville office in May after nearly eight years as a solo practice entertainment attorney to help launch Lewis Thomason’s first foray into the entertainment law field. Primarily music industry-focused, Christian provides transactional and litigation representation for artists, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, independent music publishing companies, and boutique artist management companies nationwide. In addition, Christian represents clients in the TV/film, fine arts, and PR/digital media realms and manages the intellectual property portfolios of several small businesses—both in and outside of the entertainment space. He also frequently handles family law matters involving disputed intellectual property…

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Christian Barker, Special Counsel, joined the Nashville office in May after nearly eight years as a solo practice entertainment attorney to help launch Lewis Thomason’s first foray into the entertainment law field. Primarily music industry-focused, Christian provides transactional and litigation representation for artists, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, independent music publishing companies, and boutique artist management companies nationwide. In addition, Christian represents clients in the TV/film, fine arts, and PR/digital media realms and manages the intellectual property portfolios of several small businesses—both in and outside of the entertainment space. He also frequently handles family law matters involving disputed intellectual property assets. Christian began his career in the music industry as an artist manager, where he managed the careers of country songwriter and recording artist Walker Hayes and former American Idol finalist and pop/RB/jazz recording artist Matt Giraud. Outside of his practice, he remains active in the creative space as an A&R consultant providing talent scouting, song-plugging, and career advising services to numerous songwriters, artists, labels, and publishers.

Christian is the Immediate Past President of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, has been listed as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers’ Entertainment & Sports category for the last three years, and was a 2017 Fellow in the Nashville Chapter of the New Leaders Council.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Picture Change, a Nashville-based non-profit focused on empowering individuals to tell their own stories using photography, as well as the Planning Committee for Arts Immersion, an annual fundraising event supporting the Nashville Arts & Business Council’s  Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts program.

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Mid-South SuperLawyers
    • Rising Star – Entertainment & Sports (2017)
    • Rising Star – Entertainment & Sports (2018)
    • Rising Star – Entertainment & Sports (2019)
  • Picture Change (Nashville-based non-profit focused on empowering individuals to tell their own stories using photography)
    • Board of Directors (2020 – Present)
  • Arts Immersion (an annual fundraising event supporting the Nashville Arts & Business Council’s Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts program)
    • Planning Committee (2020)
  • New Leaders Council – Nashville
    • 2017 Fellow
  • Stetson University College of Music
    • Board of Advisors (2017 – 2019)
  • DIME Collective (Nashville-based digital media company specializing in podcasts)
    • Board of Advisors (2014 – 2019)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • International Law Section Executive Committee Member (2019 – Present)
    • Emerging Legal Markets Committee (2017 – Present)
    • Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee Member (2015 – Present)
    • Young Lawyers Division Board Member (2012 – Present)
    • Board of Governors (2017 – 2019)
    • Young Lawyers Division Vice President (2016 – 2017), President-Elect (2017 – 2018), President (2018 – 2019)
    • Founder of Young Lawyers Division CATALYST Program [Civic Achievement Through Activism in the Legislature by Young Students in Tennessee] (2018 – 2019)
    • Problem Author for the Young Lawyer Division’s Tennessee State Mock Trial Competition (2014)
  • American Bar Association
    • TIPS Technology and New Media Standing Committee Member (2019 – Present)
    • TIPS Leadership Academy Task Force (2019 – Present)
    • American Bar Foundation Fellow (2017 – Present)
    • TIPS TortSource Editorial Board Standing Committee Member (2018 – 2019)
    • Young Lawyers Division Law Practice Committee Content Editor (2016 – 2017)
  • Music Row Administrators Group (Member)
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation IOLTA Grant Review Committee (2016-2019)
  • Phi Delta Theta Fraternity International

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