Brian C. Paden
Member of the Entertainment and Intellectual Law 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. Brian 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. Taking a sabbatical from music, Brian worked as the director of the nonprofit organization Volunteer Hattiesburg. He also worked as a REALTOR® on the Mississippi Gulf Coast before attending law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Brian’s legal practice focuses on intellectual property and business. This 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. He believes that artists should be compensated fairly for their efforts and that helping creators earn a living will ultimately result in higher quality art for us all to enjoy. As part of this effort, Brian works with artists to leverage their copyrights and trademarks in a complex entertainment landscape.
When not at the office or a live music venue, Brian enjoys relaxing with a hike or bicycle ride. 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.
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