Firm: Hall Booth Smith, P.C.
Address: 424 Church Street, Suite 2950
Nashville, TN 37219
Membership: MembershipRotary ClubCopyright Society of the South, Board of DirectorsState Bar of Georgia (Entertainment & Sports Law Section; Intellectual Property Section)National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences, Voting MemberOuter Barristers Gu
University: Eckerd College, B.A., 1980, Georgia State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
Admitted: 1993, Georgia; 2002, Tennessee; U.S. Supreme Court; 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; Northern District of GA; Eastern District of TX; Eastern District of TN; Middle District of TN
Biography: Mr. Braun is a partner in Hall Booth Smith's Nashville office, where he specializes in various areas of litigation and transactional work. Beginning in early 1995, Mr. Braun's litigation practice with HBS has continued to grow in both Georgia and Tennessee. Early on in his career with HBS, Mr. Braun practiced extensively in the areas of general liability and medical malpractice litigation, areas in which he continues to practice today. As his practice has grown, he has developed expertise in assisting businesses with formation, formalities, dissolution, acquisitions, transactions and related matters. He has also developed an extensive transactional practice focused primarily within the entertainment industry. His litigation practice has expanded to include intellectual property matters in the entertainment industry and otherwise, legal malpractice, transportation, business litigation and retail liability. Mr. Braun also has experience in the areas of insurance coverage, construction, products liability, family law and appellate work. Mr. Braun's entertainment litigation and transactional specialties were born from personal experience. Having spent more than fifteen years as a professional musician and songwriter, Mr. Braun offers a unique, first-hand understanding of the real life dynamics inherent in the relationship between industry and artist/songwriter. Additionally, Mr. Braun offers a wealth of insight based upon his business experience and transactional work for entertainment industry entities of all types including, publishers, record companies, film and video production companies, entertainment conglomerates, songwriters, artists, administrators, entertainment entrepreneurs/investors and more. He is a regular speaker at the annual Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Law Conference and has spoken at other entertainment industry conferences as well on various issues facing the music and entertainment industries. His practice requires frequent and relevant interaction with all aspects of the entertainment world in areas including, but not limited to, social networking, music and video streaming, downloading, subscription services and analyzing their impact on the industry as a whole. His expertise includes effective utilization of social networking and website development for business marketing and promotional purposes for clients including emerging and established businesses, publishers, artists, songwriters, producers, agents, managers, record companies and more. Mr. Braun has been annually included in the Music Row publication, In Charge which highlights Nashville's Music Industry Decision Makers. Mr. Braun attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he studied music and received a B.A. in creative writing. He attended Georgia State University College of Law where he was an Associate Editor of Notes and Comments, Georgia State Law Review and a member of the Outer Barristers Guild. He also published reviews of selected 1991 Georgia Legislation (Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 8, No. I, Jan. 1992). Mr. Braun received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1992. He is a voting member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences, the Country Music Association and is admitted to practice in Georgia and Tennessee. Mr. Braun represented one of the nominees for the 2012 Presidential Campaign, in nationally publicized copyright litigation involving music performing rights. AwardsAV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-HubbellBest Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law since 2010ALM and Martindale Hubbell, Tennessee Top Rated Lawyers in Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property, 20122014 Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine - The top attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi PresentationsRegular speaker at the ABA Annual North American Entertainment, Sports & IP/Law Conference on a wide range of intellectual property litigation and transactional issues.