Attorney - Karl  Braun

Attorney:

Karl Braun
Partner
HBS Nashville Office

P: 615-313-9911
F: 615-313-8008
E: kbraun@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

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.

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage

Mr. Braun’s experience includes insurance coverage and bad faith issues from both the insured’s and insurer’s perspective.  In addition to providing coverage opinions and guidance to carriers and clients, Mr. Braun litigates coverage disputes when necessary. In doing so, he focuses closely on policy detail, coupled with close analysis and comparison of existing applicable precedent, in determining the client’s obligations and potential options.

Education

Georgia State University, J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) 1993

Eckerd College, B.A. 1980

Admitted

Georgia, 1993
Tennessee, 2002
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

Membership

Rotary Club
Copyright Society of the South, Board of Directors
State Bar of Georgia (Entertainment & Sports Law Section; Intellectual Property Section)
National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences, Voting Member
Outer Barristers Guild
Associate Editor of Notes & Comments, Georgia State Law Review, 1991-92 (1990-92)
State Bar of Georgia
Tennessee Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Country Music Association, Voting Member since 2004
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Voting Member since 1993
American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers
Included in the annual Music Row publication “In Charge: Nashville Music Industry Decision Makers” since 2009

Presentations

Regular speaker at the ABA Annual North American Entertainment, Sports & IP/Law Conference on a wide range of intellectual property litigation and transactional issues.

Awards

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America, Entertainment Law since 2010

ALM and Martindale Hubbell, Tennessee Top Rated Lawyers in Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property, 2012

2014 Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine – The top attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi

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