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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 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, was a 2017 Fellow in the Nashville Chapter of the New Leaders Council, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Stetson University School of Music and DIME Collective, a Nashville-based digital media company specializing in podcast production and marketing.

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)
  • New Leaders Council – Nashville
    • 2017 Fellow
  • Stetson University College of Music
    • Board of Advisors (2017 – Present)
  • DIME Collective (Nashville-based digital media company specializing in podcasts)
    • Board of Advisors (2014 – Present)
  • 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

Nashville Office

424 Church Street, Suite 2500
P.O. Box 198615
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Telephone (615) 259-1366
FAX (615) 259-1389

Education

University of Tennessee, B.A., 2005

Stetson University, M.B.A., Gordon and Jean Wells Scholar, 2009

Vermont Law School, M. of Environmental Law & Policy, cum laude, 2011

University of New Hampshire – Franklin Pierce School of Law, Intellectual Property Exchange, 2011

Stetson University College of Law, William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, J.D., 2012

Bar Admission

Tennessee, 2012

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2016

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2016

 

  • Business & Commercial

    We offer comprehensive representation to businesses of all types. As detailed below, our services range from helping resolve business disputes through litigation, mediation, arbitration or negotiation to offering sound legal advice upon which to base your business decisions as well as transactional representation, document preparation services and business formation and… [Read more]

    Copyright & Trademark

    Copyright is a form of protection afforded by the laws of the United States for original works of authorship, such as literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, choreographic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural and audiovisual creations. The term "copyright" literally means the right to copy, and has come to mean a body of exclusive… [Read more]

    Family Law

    Lewis Thomason has represented clients in complex Family Law cases, both in trial and appellate courts, including cases with issues concerning division of high-asset property, child custody and other family law issues. We also represent clients in uncontested cases and adoptions. [Read more]

    Intellectual Property

    Lewis Thomason attorneys have litigated intellectual property cases across the United States from pre-suit through appeal (including to the US Supreme Court), with a focus on efficiency and cost-management.  Our attorneys have actively participated in major patent and trademark litigation in federal courts. We have consulted with and written contracts… [Read more]

    Media Law

    Our representation in the field of media law has primarily been in First Amendment defamation claims in libel and slander cases involving publications and newspapers, magazines, television, books, and the Internet. In a cooperative effort with media to avoid litigation, we have also given advice and counsel regarding the content… [Read more]

    Small Business Representation

    Our small business representation focuses on all aspects of the day-to-day operation of a small business. From advising clients on the appropriate corporate structure for conducting their business, to managing the start-up or dissolution of a business, we are equipped to handle any corporate need. The lawyers in our small… [Read more]

    • CNBC [feature] – “Prince didn’t like streaming, but it could be a big boost to his estate anyway”
    • The Nashville Ledger [feature] – “Modern divorce” Re: Intellectual Property in Divorce
    • TortSource (an ABA publication) [author] – “Direct and Indirect Impacts of Artificial Intelligence”
    • Association of Independent Music Publishers Podcast – “Structure of a Publishing Deal”
    • Belmont University College of Law – “Copyright Mythbusters” & “The Value of Bar Membership”
    • Nashville Arts & Business Council – “Copyright Mythbusters”
    • Nashville School of Law – “The Life of an Entertainment Attorney” & “Mastering the Networking Game”
    • Entrepreneurs Center of Nashville – “Copyright & Trademark Law for Fine Artists”
    • Tennessee Department of Education – “Personal Branding and Networking for Student Leaders”
    • Workationing Podcast – “Legal for Creatives”
    • Georgia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division – “The Life of an Entertainment Attorney”
    • Tennessee Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Forum – “Ethics & Alternative Fee Arrangements”
    • Equal Justice University – “Servant Leadership in the Practice of Law”
    • Career & Technical Student Organization – “Personal Branding and Networking for Students”
    • Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division – “The Importance of Service”
    • Tennessee Young Lawyers Conference – “Intellectual Property in Divorce”
    • LawPracticeCLE – “Creativity in Conflict”