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Entertainment & Business Lawyers2021-03-30T09:57:29-05:00

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

Passion for the Law – Passion for the Creative

Providing boutique legal services for high-profile celebrities and businesses:
licensing, protecting and defending the rights of the business and creative industries for over 75 cumulative years.1

 
 
 

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

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.

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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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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