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Music, entertainment and Internet attorney, consultant and expert witness with specialized knowledge of the music industry and royalty structures. Over 15 years of experience in drafting and negotiating contracts in the music industry, including but not limited to, songwriting agreement, management agreements, and recording agreements. Also experienced litigator with trial experience at both the State and Federal level.

Skills include application of corporate and business formations to music and entertainment clients. Skills also include extensive experience in trademark application.


Languages spoken: Greek, Hebrew, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Entertainment: 65%
    28 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 5%
    23 years, 100 cases
  3. Trademark Application: 5%
    23 years
  4. Copyright: 5%
    23 years, 10 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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Hourly ($350-500/hour)

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  • Sawnie Robertson Aldredge

    I have been on opposite sides of Barry in several matters and have always found him to be smart, prepared, aggressive and most of all, reasonable.


    Sawnie Aldredge Entertainment Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Shrum & Associates

144 2nd Avenue North
Suite 157
Nashville, TN, 37201


PAAdministrative Suspension199212/01/2015
NJLicense Administratively Revoked199202/05/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Presidential Who's WhoMcGuiness Publishing2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Register of Preeminent LawyersLexis Nexis2009
Honors Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and ProfessionalsBiltmore2009
Who's Who for Outstanding ProfessionalsStrathmore2009
Top Ten Entertainment Firms in Nashville, TNNashville Business Journal2009
Top Ten Entertainment FirmsNashville Business Journal2008
Featured in "In Charge: Music Row's Decision Makers"Music Row Magazine2008
Top Executive ProfilesConde Nast Portfolio.com2008
Featured legal partnerwww.yellyo.com2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Featured entertainment attorneywww.digimusictv.com2007
America's Premier LawyerSkynet Radio2007
Certificate of AchievementNashville YMCA Black Achievers Program2000
National Registry of Who's WhoAmerican Biographical Publications1999
Meritorious Service AwardPhiladelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts1997
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsSumma Publishing Bureau1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorBelmont University, Mike Curb School of Music Business2009 - Present
Senior PartnerShrum & Assocaites2009 - Present
PartnerHarris Martin Jones Shrum Bradford & Wommack, PA1998 - 2009
Founding PartnerArt & Entertainment Law Group, Philadelphia1996 - 1998
In-House Counsel, Major Claims LitigationCIGNA Companies1994 - 1996
Counsel, Litigation DepartmentClark Ladner Fortenbaugh & Young1989 - 1994
Vice President of Legal AffairsPainted Cow Publishing, Inc.1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsVolunteer Lawyer2007 - Present
Nashville Chamber OrchestraVolunteer, Promoter's Board2006 - 2007
National Association of Recording Arts SciencesMember, Nashville Chapter1997 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
U.S. District Court, M.D. Tenn.Admitted1996 - Present
U.S. District Court, D.N.JAdmitted1992 - Present
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PennsylvaniaAdmitted1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsVolunteer Lawyer1992 - 1996
BMIPublisher Member1989 - Present
Nashville Songwriters Association InternationalVolunteer and Supporter1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Garth Brooks v., LLCDomain name returned to petitioner
C. Russell Bridges p/k/a Leon Russell v. Steve and Ruth Kahn a/k/a Steve Kahn Assoc. a/k/a Leonrussell.orgDomain name returned to petitioner
Douglas Snider v. Leon Russell, individually and d/b/a Young Carney MusicMotion to dismiss granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Writers Digest BooksSongwriter’s Market 2016 (Contributor)2016
CreateSpace PublicationsCounting Stars: Celebrity Licensing & Endorsements2015
Michael Casals(Forward) How to Copyright A Song the Right Way,2015
McGraw HillTaking Sides: Clashing Views in Crime and Criminology (Contributor)2014
CreateSpace PublicationOrigins of an Idea: An apologetic of original expression2013
Music Row Magazine"In Charge: Music Row's Decision Makers"2008
Palm 24/7A Day in the Life of a PDA-Enabled Lawyer2003
American SongwriterThe Impact of MP3 on Songwriters and the Music Industry2000
American SongwriterSongwriters Meet MP3: The Imminent Shift2000
Delaware Law ForumAvoiding the Legal Power Trap1989
Law on the RowLaw on the Row - A blog about music law in NashvilleN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
David Lipscomb UniversityTheologyMA - Masters1987
David Lipscomb CollegeSpeech CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Entertainment Law 101Entertainment Law2008
Entertainment Law ReviewEntertainment law2005
Current Litigation Developments in Entertainment LawEntertainment Law2004
Technology Law in Tennessee: An Advanced ApproachTechnology law2003
Corporate Governance & Ethics for the Transactional LawyerCorporate Law2003
The Law of the Internet in Tennessee,Internet2001
Entertainment Law - Copyrights & Trademarks OnlineEntertainment Law2001
The Law of the Internet in TennesseeInternet2000
Internet Law and Research for Legal Professionals in TennesseeInternet2000
How to Become an Entertainment LawyerEntertainment2000
International Songwriter's WorkshopLegal issues relating to songwriters1998
Emerging Legal Issues for Songwriters and Music PublishersEntertainment1998
Songwriter's WorkshopSongwriter's Question and Answer period1994
Legal Aspects of SongwritingEntertainment1994
Legal Aspects of Songwriting & Music PublishingEntertainment1993