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.