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Zachary Scott Gainous

Intellectual property Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Zach Gainous, Zach Scott Gainous

  • Licensed for 6 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Zachary

Learn Zachary’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    Advising and representing music artists, entertainers, actors & actresses, songwriters, record producers, small & indie labels & publishers, film & TV directors & producers, athletes, entrepreneurs & executives in music, entertainment, & sports, etc.

  2. Intellectual property
    Advising and representing clients on copyrights, trademarks, & trade secrets, including protection & registration, audits & valuations, infringement or misuse litigation, contracts, licenses, sales & transfers, song recaptures or terminations, etc.

  3. Business
    Advising and representing clients with business issues, including contracts, business entity selection, formation, & maintenance, financing, due diligence, mergers & acquisitions, insurance issues, litigation, disputes, planning, succession, etc.

  4. Contracts and agreements
    Advising and representing clients on contracts & agreements, including drafting, negotiations, disputes, litigation, especially in entertainment & the music business, record deals, music publishing contracts, producer agreements, etc.

  5. Communications and media
    Advising & representing media or public figures and publishers or creators of media, including protecting their right to publicity & reputations, including handing defamation, libel, & slander, name, image, & likeness, or right to privacy issues.

  6. Estate planning
    Advising & representing clients on how best to protect and distribute their families, assets, and property, including helping with wills, trusts, incapacity or healthcare documents, living wills, powers of attorney, probate issues, etc.

Zach Scott Gainous is a Nashville-based attorney who helps and protects creative and talented people and businesses by providing legal expertise, advice, and representation for creators, public figures, entrepreneurs, professionals, executives, and companies, including those in music, entertainment, sports, media, technology, and many other industries.  Mr. Gainous is the personal, business, and general counsel for many creative and talented people and companies in music, entertainment, film & television, sports, media, technology, and many other industries.  Mr. Gainous is a "go-to" attorney and regularly advises and represents songwriters, music artists, bands, record producers, actors and actresses, entertainers, filmmakers, movie & TV directors and producers, authors, small and independent record labels and music publishers, and more.

Mr. Gainous has tremendous knowledge and experience in the music business.  Mr. Gainous earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University, one of the top entertainment or music industry colleges and educational programs in the world.  While attending MTSU, Mr. Gainous worked as a studio musician and record producer.  After completing his undergraduate studies, Zach also spent time at Universal Music Group Nashville where he assisted with helping to market the careers and music of artists like Billy Currington, Sugarland, George Strait, David Nail, and many others.  While in law school, Mr. Gainous worked for music, entertainment, and sports business management, royalty, and financial auditing firm Blue Sky Group, where he assisted with contract interpretation and music royalty audits and reconciliation for music artists, songwriters, and record producers.

This diverse and extensive experience taught Mr. Gainous the importance and benefits of working to avoid issues or disputes before they occur, and exposed him to the unfortunate poor legal, career, and business advice and representation many music, entertainment, media, and sports clients are all too often receiving.  Whether it's protecting a client's intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, protecting a client's business, personal, or financial interests, real estate, property or other assets, or protecting a client's career, privacy, reputation, or family, Mr. Gainous strives to provide the best legal expertise, advice, and representation and be a long-term trusted advisor for his clients.

When Mr. Gainous is not working to protect his clients and provide the best legal advice and representation for them, he enjoys watching or attending concerts or live music events, Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators games, Florida State football games, or spending time with his wife and dog.


Zachary Scott Gainous
3102 West End Ave Ste 400
Nashville, TN, 37203-1623

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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intellectual Property
So thankful to have found Zach Gainous to guide me through my first intellectual property contract. He was highly knowledgeable, great to work with, and made legal points easy to understand. Zach made important adjustments, gave every point more clarity, and ultimately produced a stronger contract. I have another project in the works...and will definitely be calling him again!
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Posted by Paul | September 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Zachary Scott Gainous
Zach was a huge help on this song publishing contract. His knowledge was insightful and answered many questions I had about the negotiations. His responses were friendly, prompt, and he immediately got back in touch when a new question arose. I would highly recommend Zach and I will certainly use him again as an attorney on any legal issue I had.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
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Zach truly cares!
I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and needed to get create a will/living will before having major surgery. Zach showed empathy and compassion when addressing my needs. He listened to my concerns, answered all of my questions and developed a plan for every possible scenario that could come up. He was prepared and professional, kind and considerate. Zach was with me every step of the way, even making sure that everything was properly notarized. Not only do I recommend all adults have a living will/trust, I would highly recommend Zach to help you take care of it. Thank you so much, Zach!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 245-245 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.2 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney & Founder
  • The Fruitful Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Principal Talent, Music Artist, & Sports Manager & Founder
  • The Fruitful Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Contract & Royalty Auditing Assistant
  • Blue Sky Group
  • 2016 - 2018


  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2018
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2009


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
  • Member & Volunteer Lawyer & Professional for the Arts
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Intellectual property Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zack is an outstanding lawyer. He does an excellent job networking. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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