Trusted business & entertainment law specialists for over 25 years

Providing boutique legal services for high-profile celebrities and businesses - licensing, protecting and defending the rights of the business and creative industries


Daymond John

Branding Expert & TV Celebrity


Frank Dileo

Logan Brill

DIY's Pool Kings

Steve Rois



trademark & contract

general counsel

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Nashville Office:
1222 16th Avenue South
Suite 23
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

Franklin Office:
407 cMain Street
Suite 206
Franklin, Tennessee 37064

About Us.

Shrum & Associates is Nashville’s premiere entertainment law firm(1), a boutique of experienced entertainment lawyers dedicated to protecting the intellectual property rights of creators, inventors and entrepreneurs.  We are have presences in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, a short distance to the famous Ryman Auditorium, a/k/a the “Mother Church” of country music, as well as on the world famous Music Row, and in historic Franklin, Tennessee.

The Nashville area is not only the heart of country music, but was 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 and sports as well being the home to numerous venture capital and entrepreneurial “hatcheries.”  We have developed expertise in the protection of intellectual property rights no matter the form in which they are embodied.

Our founder, Mr. Barry Neil Shrum, is a highly experienced entertainment lawyer who has been practicing law in the intellectual property, music, entertainment & business industries for over 25 years.  He is also an experienced litigator, having practiced law in Philadelphia as an both a litigator with a large Center City firm and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 50 company.   In Nashville, he has been lead counsel on major copyright infringement cases winning six-figure verdicts for my clients.  He has negotiated and closed hundreds of deals exploiting and monetizing the rights of his clients and have helped protect countless individuals through the structuring and management of intellectual property rights.

Areas of Specialization (2)

  • Copyright, Trademark and Intellectual Property Law Expert
  • New Ventures and Entrepreneur Consulting
  • Licensing Transactions & Negotiations
  • New Media and Technology Law & Consulting
  • Strategic Legal and Business Planning for Business
  • Business and Corporate Formation & Structures
  • Celebrity Endorsement & Rights of Persona Law
  • Post-Mortem Rights of Publicity
  • Music Law & Publishing Transactions & Acquisitions
  • Entertainment Contract Negotiations
  • Technology, Cyberspace & Internet Law
  • Infringement Actions
  • Trademark Registration & Prosecution
  • Photography & Art Law

The Team

Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire
Barry Neil Shrum, EsquireFounding Attorney
David Messig
David MessigLegal Assistant



Identified by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the Top Ten Entertainment Law Firms

Listed in Music Row's In Charge Edition, 2008

Achievements & Accomplishments

Speaking Engagements & Appearances

  • Adjunct Professor, Mike Curb School of Music Business, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, Divisions of Music Business and Entertainment Industry Studies.  Classes taught include Entertainment Law & Licensing, Copyright Law, Legal Issues in the Entertainment Industry, Cyberlaw, Music Publishing & Music Business Survey, 2009-present.
  • Entertainment Law 101, Argosy Art Institute, May 19, 2008.
  • Interviewed for segment on, an online live programming resource for entertainers, 2007.
  • Interviewed for segment on Skynet Radio, which appeared on United Airlines in-flight radio, 2006.
  • Entertainment Law Review, Annual Meeting of the Legal Secretaries of Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, March 19, 2005
  • Current Litigation Developments in Entertainment Law, Nashville, Tennessee, August 31, 2004
  • Technology Law in Tennessee: An Advanced Approach, Nashville, Tennessee, December 5, 2003
  • Ethics for the Transactional Lawyer, Nashville, Tennessee, March 7, 2003
  • Entertainment Law – Copyrights & Trademarks Online – Law Seminars International, Nashville, Tennessee, December 6-7, 2001
  • The Law of the Internet in Tennessee, National Business Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, October 25, 2001
  • Internet Law and Research for Legal Professionals in Tennessee, Lorman Education Services, Nashville, Tennessee, October 18, 2000
  • The Law of the Internet in Tennessee, National Business Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, August 24, 2000
  • How to Become an Entertainment Lawyer, YMCA Black Acheivers Program, Nashville, Tennessee April 8, 2000
  • Emerging Legal Issues for Songwriters and Music Publishers, NSAI Songwriter’s Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, June 4, 1998
  • Legal Aspects of Songwriting, Encore Books Workshop Series, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, April 20, 1994
  • Songwriter’s Workshop, New Jersey Songwriter’s Association, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 1994
  • Legal Aspects of Songwriting & Music Publishing, Christine Lavine’s First Annual Martha’s Vineyard Singer/Songwriter Retreat, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, September 1993


  • Counting Starts:  Celebrity Licensing & Endorsements.  CreateSpace, 2015
  • Featured Contributor,  Songwriter’s Market 2016, Cris Freese, ed., Writer’s Digest Books, 39th Edition (November 2, 2015)
  • Forward, How to Copyright A Song the Right Way, Michael Casals, forward by Barry Neil Shrum, Esq. (2015)
  • Contributor, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology, 10th Edition, McGraw Hill (Oct. 10 2012)
  • Origins of an Idea, An Apologetic for Original Expression, CreateSpace, 2011
  • Editor, Law on the Row, a marketing publication targeted at developing new clients.
  • A Day in the Life of a PDA-Enabled Lawyer, originally published on &, 2003; Reprinted or Linked on the following web publications:, Palmtops/PDA’s; Punch & Jurists Weekly Newsletter, Vol. 11. No. 14; Paul L. Boley Law Library; and Handakte WebLawg (German).
  • The impact of MP3 on songwriters and the music industry, American Songwriter, Jan-Mar 2000
  • Songwriters:  Meet MP3.  American Songwriter, Sept. 1. 2000.
  • Avoiding the Legal Power Trap, Delaware Law Forum, Vol. 17, No. 1, Sept. 1989.
  • “Setting the Standards,” featured in Currents, the monthly publication of C.A.S.E. (Council for the Support of Education), Washington, D.C., November 1988.


  • Garth Brooks v., LLC, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA0011000096097, Represented Complainant.. Decided January 3, 2001 in favor of Complainant.C. Russell Bridges p/k/a Leon Russell v. Steve and Ruth Kahn a/k/a Steve Kahn Assoc. a/k/a, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA0111000101818. Represented Complainant. Decided in favor of Complainant, December 27, 2001.
  • Douglas Snider v. Leon Russell, individually and d/b/a Young Carney Music, Chancery Court, Davidson County, Case No. 04-2805-IV. (Represent Defendant – Motion to Dismiss granted with regard to several counts – remaining counts settled in favor of Defendant).Marty Stuart v. Sherry Mattioli, National Arbitration Forum. Represented Complainant.
  • The Dixie Devils v. Castle Records, Chancery Court of Davidson County, (Represented Plaintiffs – settled prior to trial in favor of clients).
  • Bob Evans v. ZYX Music Corp., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., (Represented Plaintiff – settled prior to trial in favor of Plaintiff).Warren Haynes v. Dennis Robbins Music, et al., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., (Represent Plaintiff – significant financial settlement prior to trial in flavor of Plaintiff).
  • Dan Penn, Buckey Lindsey, Lonnie McIntosh v. Brooks & Dunn, Sony Music and EMI Music Publishing, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:97-0077 (Represented Plaintiffs – significant financial settlement prior to trial).Tony Evans, Photographer v. State of Tennessee, Tennessee Claims Commission (Dismissed).Stephen Allen Davis v. Al Gallico, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:02-0443 (Represented Plaintiff – Dismissed on Summary Judgment).
  • Charles Callelo v. Smith Music Group, et al., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:03-0035 (Represent Plaintiff – Verdict at trial – judgement for the Plaintiff).Sandy Linzer v. Smith Music Group et al., U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:03-0034 (Represent Plaintiff – Settled Prior to Trial).
  • Faye Woodroof, p/k/a “The Grandmother from Hell” v. Donna Carter, U.S.D.C. Middle District of Tenn., Case No. 3:02-0225 (Represent Plaintiff – Settled Prior to Trial).American Federation of Musicians v. Charles Callelo, Chancery Court, Davidson County, Case No. 01-3679-1 (Represented Defendant – Settled in mediation)