A partner in the HBS Nashville office, Karl Braun specializes in entertainment litigation and a wide array of transactional work. His personal experience in the entertainment industry, including more than 15 years working as a professional musician and songwriter, gives him unique understanding of entertainment law, including intellectual property and international business litigation. Mr. Braun is also highly experienced in insurance coverage, construction, products liability, family law and appellate work. He is admitted to practice in both Tennessee and Georgia.
Mr. Braun launched his litigation practice with HBS in 1995. Early on, he practiced extensively in general liability and medical malpractice litigation, and still practices in those areas to this day. As his practice expanded, he developed distinct expertise in assisting businesses with formation, formalities, dissolution, acquisitions, transactions and related matters. His extensive transactional practice focuses primarily on the entertainment industry, and also encompasses legal malpractice, transportation, business litigation and retail liability cases. Mr. Braun also has significant trial experience in a wide array of areas.
His music career gives Mr. Braun a unique, first-hand understanding of the "real life" dynamics between the entertainment industry and creative professionals. He works with a variety of clients in entertainment-related business litigation and transactional work: publishers, record companies, film and video production companies, entertainment conglomerates, songwriters, artists, administrators, entertainment entrepreneurs/investors, managers, emerging and established businesses, and others.
Mr. Braun regularly speaks at the annual North American Law Summit, and is frequently invited to speak about pressing business and legal issues facing the music and entertainment industries. He also frequently interacts with leaders in the entertainment world on cutting-edge topics like social networking, music and video streaming, downloading and subscription services, and analyzes the impact of these technological advances on the industry. His helps clients effectively utilize social networking and web development for business marketing and promotional purposes to develop sustainable independent careers. Mr. Braun teaches a copyright class for Nashville Community Education and is annually featured in the prestigious Music Row publication "In Charge," which highlights "Nashville's Music Industry Decision Makers." He is a voting member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences and the Country Music Association. Mr. Braun also represented one of the nominees for the 2012 Presidential Campaign in a nationally publicized copyright litigation involving music performing rights.
Mr. Braun studied music at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing. He attended Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, and received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, in 1992. In law school, he was Associate Editor of Notes and Comments, Georgia State University Law Review, and a member of the Outer Barristers Guild. He published reviews of selected 1991 Georgia Legislation in the Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 8, No. I, Jan. 1992.
In the fast-paced construction industry, business success depends on efficiency, cooperation and completion on schedule. Setbacks hurt the bottom line whether you are a developer, property owner, construction manager, contractor, subcontractor, engineer or architect. Mr. Braun’s experience in business litigation, alternative dispute resolution, copyright and contract law serves the diverse needs of his many construction industry clients.
Mr. Braun offers his expertise to help clients navigate complex industry rules and regulations, and contract terms and conditions, while facilitating communication during all stages of a construction project. Issues range from contract compliance, delay, extra work, payment issues, liens, change orders, unexpected contingencies, human interaction and communication breakdowns. He guides the resolution of project disputes before they become significantly costly delays. If necessary, Mr. Braun will aggressively and zealously litigate construction disputes in both state and federal courts.
He also has experience in protecting and litigating intellectual property rights associated with architectural plans. Since passage of the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA), which amended the Copyright Act to specifically include "architectural works" among the list of protected works, architects have enjoyed protection of their intellectual labor. Since protection of pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works is also established under the Act, architects may secure complete protection for their works. Mr. Braun assists his architectural clients not only in the protection of their designs, but also of the diagrams, models and technical drawings created for their projects.