Chris Horsnell, Mike Milom, Natalya Rose, David Crow, and Page Kelley
There aren’t many law firms composed exclusively of Best Lawyers
, but this year the Nashville-based team of entertainment and intellectual property attorneys at Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC (MHCRK) achieved that distinction for the second year running, with Mike Milom, Chris Horsnell, David Crow, Natalya Rose and Page Kelley all being named in the publication.
In reflecting on this feat, Milom attributes the firm’s success to the personal contact it maintains with its clients. “Over the years, we have made a point of dedicating ourselves to our clients’ matters—we won’t take on any work where we feel we can’t commit our full attention to the issues at hand,” he says.
Crow adds, “Ultimately, we view ourselves as being part of our clients’ advisory team, particularly in the case of our artist clients. We realize that it takes a highly skilled team to guide artists’ careers, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with some truly great artist teams. Our professional success is measured by the level of success of our clients in terms of achieving their short- and long-term career goals.”
Indeed, MHCRK enjoys a national reputation for its thoughtful, pragmatic approach to entertainment and intellectual property matters. For years, its lawyers have maintained leading practices in music publishing, recorded music, and copyright protection, and they have since expanded into the areas of media and technology. As a result, MHCRK has been ranked Tier 1 in Nashville by U.S. News – Best Lawyers
“Best Law Firms” for copyright law, motion pictures and television entertainment law, music entertainment law, and trademark law.
“We have been incredibly privileged to be able to dedicate ourselves exclusively to entertainment and intellectual property matters and build on our knowledge in that area,” Rose says. “We owe it to our clients, who have allowed us to focus solely on these areas of the law, and also to our tireless co-counsel, here in Nashville, across the United States, and in many parts of the world, who make it possible for us to meet all of our clients’ needs.”
This year, Rose was selected by her peers as Best Lawyers’
Nashville Lawyer of the Year for trademark law. In addition to trademarks, Rose concentrates her practice on other issues related to intellectual property such as book publishing, e-commerce, and promotions. And while she handles matters for clients from a number of industries—including healthcare, ministry, education, and consumer products—she also works closely with her partners, assisting their clients in the entertainment industry.
“The fact that Natalya is Best Lawyers’ Nashville Lawyer of the Year for trademark law is a recognition of how far forward she has moved that practice in the context of our entertainment practice,” Milom says. “Her work in that area is well beyond what anyone in Nashville has done, not only in terms of brand protection, but also in the case of online initiatives, such as structuring domain name and social media portfolios.”
Milom has been practicing law for 43 years, and in that time he has represented some of the most successful recording artists, producers, and songwriters in the music industry. As a leader in his field, he has also held a number of prominent positions in the legal community, serving as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Section on Copyright, Entertainment, and Sports Law and as chair of the Entertainment Law Committee of the Nashville Bar Association. Milom has been listed in Best Lawyers
since 1995, and in 2012 he was named as Best Lawyers’
Nashville Lawyer of the Year for copyright law.
“Mike has been around long enough to get attention from everyone in town,” Horsnell notes. “He’s the veteran of our group, and the rest of us look up to him, and if we have questions he’s the person we go to. And that’s true among clients as well as lawyers.”
Horsnell has been practicing with Milom since 1979, his first year out of law school. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, business, entertainment, copyright, and intellectual property, and in 2011 he was recognized as Best Lawyers’
Nashville Lawyer of the Year for intellectual property law. Beyond his practice, Horsnell has authored a number of articles on copyright and the music business for Music Row Magazine
and the Nashville Bar Journal
. He has also taught copyright law and intellectual property law at Belmont University and Vanderbilt Law School.
Crow has been professionally active in the music business for more than 30 years, and he has focused his legal practice exclusively on entertainment and intellectual property matters for the past 14 years. He brings to the firm his firsthand experience in the music industry, having played fiddle with the Osborne Brothers and served as an instrumental recording artist for Pinecastle Records prior to practicing law.
Kelley has dedicated his practice to entertainment and intellectual property law since 1990. Before joining MHCRK, he worked as in-house counsel for both country and Christian music labels. Today, he concentrates his practice mainly on the representation of individual clients and independent record labels in contractual and transactional matters.
“Each of us here brings something different to the table,” Kelley says. “Together, we’re able to draw on a broad base of experience, which is great for our clients. For me, working with our clients over time to help them achieve their goals, sharing in a small way in their progress and success, and doing that with people whom I genuinely like and respect—that’s a truly rare and wonderful thing.”
MHCRK’s clients include recording artists, screen and broadcast talent, composers, publishers, authors, television and film distributers, entertainment industry executives and financiers, and companies that develop content branding strategies and delivery systems. While the firm does not disclose its client list, it’s known to represent such high-profile clients as Luke Bryan, Emmylou Harris, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, and Hank Williams Jr., as well as Vanderbilt University and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Our clients exemplify the highest standards of creativity and innovation, and the most personally satisfying part of this job has been earning the trust of our long-term clients,” Milom says. “We’ve represented several clients in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years, and for lawyers, establishing those kinds of relationships is the ultimate reward.”