Karl Braun - Hall Booth Smith, P.C.

Karl Braun

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

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.  Mr. Braun develops effective business plans for aspiring artists, entrepreneurs and investors utilizing realistic and well-researched, current revenue expectations in the constantly evolving entertainment/music industry.  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 North American Sports, Entertainment and IP 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."

Eckerd CollegeBA 1980Georgia State University College of LawJ.D. 1993
National Academy of Recording Arts & SciencesCountry Music AssociationCopyright Society of the SouthNashville Songwriters Association InternationalAmerican Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers

Case History

Rude Music, Inc. v. Newt 2012, Newt Gingrich & American Conservative Union — Mr. Braun was lead counsel representing former presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich and his campaign in a copyright infringement action involving
alleged unauthorized performances of the song, :Eye of the Tiger." The case was significant in the area of performing rights organization licenses,
specifically the scope of the blanket campaign licenses issued by BMI and ASCAP.

Office Location

Fifth Third Center, Suite 2950
424 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
United States

Practice Areas

Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music

Other Information

Gender: Male