Karl Braun

424 Church
Suite 2950
Nashville, TN 37219

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.

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

EDUCATION

  • Georgia State University, J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) 1993
  • Eckerd College, B.A. 1980

MEMBERSHIPS

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

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers 2018

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.
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 24 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in
Written by: Karl M. Braun, Esq. Kanye West filed suit in Superior Court, Los Angeles County at the end of January, 2019 against EMI April Music,
Written by: Karl Braun, Esq. As a brief introduction to discussion of the new Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), a cursory understanding of
In the 2018 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is expanding its office in Nashville, Tennessee, with the addition of Partner James R. Embrey, Jr.
Mr. Embrey specializes in the full spectrum
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 24 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in
Practice Specific Experience

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.

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

EDUCATION

  • Georgia State University, J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) 1993
  • Eckerd College, B.A. 1980

MEMBERSHIPS

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

Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers 2018

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.
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 24 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in
Written by: Karl M. Braun, Esq. Kanye West filed suit in Superior Court, Los Angeles County at the end of January, 2019 against EMI April Music,
Written by: Karl Braun, Esq. As a brief introduction to discussion of the new Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (“MMA”), a cursory understanding of
In the 2018 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is expanding its office in Nashville, Tennessee, with the addition of Partner James R. Embrey, Jr.
Mr. Embrey specializes in the full spectrum
Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 24 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in
Practice Specific Experience