Philip M. Kirkpatrick - Adams and Reese LLP

Philip M. Kirkpatrick

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999

Entertainment and Intellectual Property/Technology Litigation attorney Phil Kirkpatrick joined Adams and Reese in 2013 in the firm’s Nashville downtown and Music Row offices. Practicing his entire career in Nashville, he has been a Federal Court litigator since 1979.  Phil focuses on entertainment and intellectual property/technology litigation, products liability litigation, and commercial litigation.  

In the music industry, Phil has represented artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, managers and major music groups including labels, publishers and merchandisers. He has also represented clients in numerous restrictive covenant matters, including non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret cases. He has also represented manufacturers, sellers and others in products liability cases, including fire and explosion cases, as well as power tool cases.  

Phil’s clients have included the Estate of Harlan Howard, the Estate of Tupac Shakur, Hall of Fame songwriter and recording artist Dave Loggins, recording artist Aretha Franklin, Universal Music Group, Full Throttle Sloonshine, LLC, Stanley Black & Decker, Atmos Energy Corporation and Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. He has represented MCA Records in prosecuting claims for unauthorized use of sound recordings of artists Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells and copyright infringement of album cover artwork of Conway Twitty. He also has represented leading small appliance, natural gas meter, and natural gas distributor defendants in numerous multi-million dollar bodily injury fire loss cases.

Phil’s representative matters include:

  • Represented Elizabeth Travis Management, Inc., against Randy Travis in manager v. artist litigation;
  • Represented major label group in massive “Bridgeport” music infringement litigation; 
  • Represented exclusive merchandising agents for artists Chris Brown and Justin Bieber to obtain nationwide injunction and seizure orders to protect their name(s)and likeness(es) prohibiting bootleg merchandise from being sold at all venues throughout the U.S. in their respective nationwide tours;
  • Represented Black & Decker to defense verdict in products liability case alleging “kickback” of portable circular power saw;
  • Represented a large brake manufacturer plaintiff for Section 43(a) false designation and trademark infringement to jury verdict  judgment, which was the first appellate reported case in State Court in Tennessee wherein a money judgment was awarded under the Federal Lanham Act.

Phil obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Tennessee, graduating from law school in 1978, and earning his bachelor of science, with honors, in 1975.


In the community, Phil is an active voting member of the Country Music Association, and for six years he served as a Board of Trustees member and as General Counsel to Harding Academy, a K-8 Independent School in Nashville.  

Phil is a former 7-midnight rock ‘n roll disc jockey, and was a drummer in an R & B band as well as a power trio band.  

In his spare time, Phil enjoys his three kids, good music, great wine, swimming and running. Phil was injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, while about to take a photograph, and is a supporter of “Boston Strong — we will never forget.” 

Among the people Phil most admires are John Lennon and Owen Bradley because they both changed things.

University of TennesseeBS University of Tennessee College of LawJ.D.
International Association of Defense CounselFederal Communications Bar AssociationCountry Music AssociationNashville Bar AssociationTennessee Bar AssociationFederal Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Office Location

Fifth Third Center, Suite 2700
424 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music
Litigation - Intellectual Property