• Investment Deal Structures

    Start-ups, Inventors, Entrepreneurs

  • Licensing

    Transactions. Negotiations. Execution.

  • Celebrity Endorsement

    Structuring. Negotiating. Exploiting. Protecting.

  • Intellectual Property

    Evaluation. Clearance. Management. Protection.

  • Entertainment Law

    Creators. Music. Film. Art. Authors.

  • Rights of Publicity

    Assignment, Descendability, Protection.

  • Business & Corporate

    Structure. Formation. Maintenance.

  • Strategic Legal & Business Plans

    Smart. Efficient.

  • New Media & Technology

    Out of the Box. Fresh Ideas. Consultation & Advice.

  • Entrepreneurial & New Ventures

    Structure. Capital. Formation.

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Nashville’s premier entertainment lawyers, business & intellectual property law firm

Providing boutique legal services for high-profile celebrities and businesses:
licensing, protecting and defending the rights of the business and creative industries for over 50 years.1

Business – Entrepreneur – Celebrity – Music – Television – Film – Media – Sports – Internet

Original Ideas…

…particularly those expressed in the creative arts, are indispensable to the advancement of human knowledge.

The protection of such expression is essential to human progress.

-Barry Neil Shrum, Origins of an Idea

Two Locations on historic Music Row in Nashville and Main Street in Franklin

Nashville is known as “Music City” because of the prominence of its entertainment business, but what some people do not know is that it is also home to other creative and innovative sorts.  The historic suburb of Franklin and Leiper’s Fork are also home to many creative and innovative people and businesses.  Over the past decade, Nashville and the surrounding area has become one of the fastest growing regions in terms of business dynamics, technological innovation and diversity.  In fact, Nashville recently ranked second on the Young Entrepreneur Council’s list of “startup paradises” as a result of opportunities arising in the varied fields of tech, computer, healthcare, education, real estate development, film, television and, of course, sports by virtue of the fact that is home to the Tennessee Titans!  As home to the Entrepreneur Center, a hatchery for new ideas, as well as numerous venture capital and startup firms including Jumpstart Foundry, TNInvestco, INCITE, Launch Tennessee and the Nashville Capital Network, just to name a few, The creative environment in Nashville and the surrounding areas make it an ideal location for starting new business ventures and creating new innovations.  All of this combines to make the Music City one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the U.S. according to CNNMoney.

At Shrum Hicks & Associates, P.C., our resources and relationships help our clients capitalize on the area’s creative energies and protect their valuable intellectual assets and legal rights.

All of our clients are celebrities

As America’s “premier entertainment lawyers”  we may represent some of the country’s most well-known celebrities, but we treat each of our clients as special and unique.  All Shrum Hicks clients are celebrities, regardless of whether they are seen on national television every week or struggling to start a new business.  Each one deserves special attention.

We believe that a client doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Our competitive advantage is offering personalized legal services that are uniquely tailored to each client’s special needs.

We are world-class attorneys who hold ourselves to the highest standards and produce quality results.

But don’t take our word for it, here are some endorsements from some of our clients.


“The Closer”

Daymond John

Barry defends the principles that give entrepreneurs, inventors and creators the inspiration to take action and create new businesses – and new ideas – every day. I call him “the Closer.”  -Daymond, John, The Shark Group

“Guru of Celebrity Endorsements”

Barry is an indepensible member of the team at D3M. Simply the best at taking deal points I throw at him, frequently when I’m on the go between meetings, and turning them into enforceable contract language. He’s helped me close dozens of deals and it my “go to guy” for creating my licensing deals. -David Gold, D3M Licensing Group

“A trusted confidant”

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I wish I had known Barry during my days at Epic and in the mid 80’s when I was managing Michael. When I moved to Nashville, he was one of the people I relied on and trusted. A great friend and a wise lawyer. Thank you Barry.  -RIP Frank Dileo, 1947-2011, Michael Jackson’s Personal Manager

“I’m fortunate to have found Barry.”

About a year ago, I received a call from a production company who wanted to produce a pilot for a reality TV show. I build pools, so I didn’t know anything about the entertainment business. I’m fortunate to have found Shrum Hicks & Associates, PC.  They helped me understand the business and my contract. The pilot was picked up and we’re now in the middle of a season that is growing in popularity. Thank you! – Kyle Peek, Pool Kings & Peek Pools & Spas

“The Heart of a Teacher”

Barry Shrum just gets it! The music business is undergoing radical change. It is absolutely essential that today’s artists have an understanding of the legal issues facing them in this new era of “do-it-yourself” broadcasting. And because he has the heart of a teacher, Barry’s immense knowledge and experience enables him to empower you with the understanding you need to protect your creations. – Rick Lazarus, Lazarus Artist Management

“The first person I call.”

A few years ago, I had the misfortune of being involved in a lawsuit that could have been devastating to me as a small business owner. I had 10 days to file a response with the court and didn’t have an attorney I trusted to take the case. After a few days of searching, I met Barry Shrum. After viewing his client list, it was clear he was the right man for the job. Barry can shift from Teddy Bear to Grizzly Bear in 6 seconds when the situation calls for it. He navigated me through a frivolous lawsuit that could have bankrupted my business. Anytime I have something important that I want to make sure is done right, Barry Shrum is the first person I call. He is excellent!
Brent Crouch, Jillian Distributors

“Incredible Resource”

Barry [was my first]  entertainment lawyer. He continues to be an incredible resource for me through the many different stages of my career. He is knowledgeable, attentive and absolutely dedicated to his clients. -Logan Brill, Recording Artist

“The Only Person I Turn to”

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Shrum Hicks & Associates, PC has represented some of the most influential movers and shakers in the creative industries and the venture capital business. They are excellent entertainment lawyers, skilled in all aspects of intellectual property and Barry is the person I turn to when I need a contract to reflect the deals that I put together.”  -Jay Leopardi, AvenueAR

“Like having your very own in-house counsel”

Direct Sound, a world leader in studio headphones, has been a part of Shrum Hicks & Associates, PC’s’ VIP™ Program for over a year and have been extremely pleased.  It is like having your very own in-house counsel at a fraction of the cost.

– Steve Rois, CEO Direct Sound, LLC

“A Forward Thinker”

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Barry Shrum’s advice is always spot-on. He is most knowledgeable in a variety of legal-related topics, is very responsive, and very reliable. He is a forward thinker, who brings creative solutions with a proper measure of what is tried and true. On top of all that, Barry is an amiable gentleman with the utmost integrity – Roe Frazier, Frazier Law

“Integrity is his middle name”

“Integrity” should be Barry Shrum’s middle name! He has represented [me and my daughter Brittany Wells] as our entertainment lawyer for various reasons from independent label legal work to finalizing and handling everything for our publishing agreements. He has always looked out for our best interest and has done it with great competency and class… He treats every client as if they are his only client. I am now happy to call him a friend not only my attorney. You will be proud to have him on your side. – Andrea Wellsfry, CEO Spindletop Records

“Responsive and easy to work with.”

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Barry managed the legal review and E&O insurance process for my documentary film “Brother Joseph and the Grotto.” He was responsive and easy to work with, answering all my questions.

@RedClayPictures Giving a shout-out to Barry Neil Shrum, our legal and clearance counsel for ‪#‎brotherjosephmovie‬. Check out Barry’s blog, “Law on the Row.” Thanks, Barry!

– Cliff Vaughn, Red Clay Pictures

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Featured Articles from “Law on the Row”

Practical Approach Series–Fair Use: When Do I Need to Ask for Permission to Post a Copyrighted Work to My Social Media?

By |February 4th, 2021|Categories: Copyright Issues, Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, Fair Use, Internet Law, Social Media, Technology|Tags: , , , , |

By Cheshire Rigler   Can a band member post photographs of their concerts to their webpage or social media if they are taken by an unrelated photographer? Can the Instagram posts and stories of [...]

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Spotify recognizes the songwriter

By |February 28th, 2020|Categories: Digital Downloads, Entertainment Law, Songwriting, Streaming|

Written by Maddie Westrup Amidst the rise of “streaming” the music industry has faced immense innovation in recent years, not the least of which is the total rebuild of Section 115 and the mechanical [...]

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Why Negative Reviews Aren’t As Bad as They Might Seem

By |February 11th, 2020|Categories: Internet Law, Life on the Row, Technology|

When it comes to determining the reputation of a company, there is no better place to look for this information than the reviews posted on their website. Understandably, business leaders strive to gain as [...]

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How Can I Improve My Online Reputation?

By |December 29th, 2019|Categories: Creative, Internet Law, Trademark Issues, Uncategorized|

Your online reputation is your first introduction to many of your potential customers. You don’t want to start out on the wrong foot or give potential customers the idea that your company is something [...]

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Original Expression

Those who claim that our “culture always borrows from the past” would have us discount the possibility of an original thought or expression, a concept which, in turn, does injustice to such thinkers and creators as Einstein, Schrödinger, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Monet, Mozart and Beethoven. The fact that such creative genius can be rare does not eliminate its possibility, nor its probability.   A world devoid of original expression is a dark world indeed, and not one that  we as a society should wish upon ourselves.

-Barry Neil Shrum

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U.S. Consitution: Art, 1, Sec, 8, Cl, 8

Congress shall have the power to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries

James Madison

The Constitution of the U.S. has limited them to two cases, the authors of Books, and of useful inventions, in both which they are considered as a compensation for a benefit actually gained to the community as a purchase of property which the owner otherwise might withhold from public use. There can be no just objection to a temporary monopoly in these cases; . . . because under that limitation a sufficient recompense and encouragement may be given. . . (Emphasis added).

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.

John Augustus Shedd

When there is an original sound in the World, it makes a hundred echoes.

Frédéric Bastiat,

“In the full sense of the word, man is born a proprietor. . . . Faculties are only an extension of the person; and property is nothing but an extension of the faculties. To separate a man from his faculties is to cause him to die; to separate a man from the product of his faculties is likewise to cause him to die. ”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.