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Brian C. Paden

Member of the Entertainment, Business and Wills, Trusts & Estates Sections

Brian grew up in northeast Mississippi near the birthplace of Elvis. He earned undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He briefly taught Rock and Roll History at his alma mater and served as an Adjunct Professor of Trombone at William Carey University, both in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Brian took a sabbatical from music to work as the director of the nonprofit organization Volunteer Hattiesburg, then as a REALTOR® on the Mississippi Gulf Coast before attending law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Brian’s focus on business and intellectual property law began during law school when he founded the Nebraska Law and Business Association to emphasize the value of lawyers in the business realm. He also worked as a Contracts Analyst Intern at NUtech Ventures, the technology transfer office for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he gained experience working with patents and trademarks. As a third-year student, he assisted clients with business and intellectual property issues as part of the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic. Brian graduated from law school in 2019 with a concentration in intellectual property. 

Brian moved to Nashville to participate in the vibrant and rapidly shifting landscape of the entertainment industry. Currently, his work focuses on helping clients make sound business decisions and preserving gains and assets through responsible estate planning. 

When not at the office or a live music venue, Brian enjoys hiking, grilling, and smoking BBQ. He also enjoys the slow pace and pleasant company of a cigar lounge.


Mr. Paden earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2010, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012, and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2019.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2019

Professional/Society Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Funding the Future, Board Member
  • Fort Care, Board Member
Brian C. Paden
Attorney at Law

Areas of Practice


  • Artist Development
  • Agency Agreements
  • Artist Recording Agreements
  • BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and SoundExchange Membership
  • Copyright Assignments and Mechanical Licenses
  • Employment Agreements
  • Exclusive Songwriting Agreements
  • Synchronization Licenses for Film and TV
  • Management Agreements
  • Production Agreements
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Sub-Publishing Agreements
  • Worldwide Music Administration and Licensing


  • Entity Formation and Funding
  • Employment Contracts
  • General Contract Drafting and Review
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements

Wills, Trusts, and Estates 

  • Medicaid planning
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Asset protection
  • Revocable trusts
  • Wills
  • POAs
  • Living Wills
  • Trust Administration