Stetson University College of Law
Juris Doctor, William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award (2012)
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Intellectual Property Exchange (2011)
Vermont Law School
Master of Environmental Law and Policy, Cum Laude (2011)
Master of Business Administration, Gordon and Jean Wells Scholar (2009)
The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University Trustees Scholar (2005)
Christian Barker, Partner, joined the Nashville office of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP in August 2020 after nearly eight years as a solo practice entertainment attorney and most recently Special Counsel and leader of the Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, PLC Entertainment Law Practice Group. Primarily music industry-focused, Christian provides transactional and litigation representation for artists, songwriters, producers, independent record labels, independent music publishing companies, and boutique artist management companies nationwide.
In addition, Christian represents clients in the TV/film, fine arts, and PR/digital media realms and manages the intellectual property portfolios of several small businesses—both in and outside of the entertainment space. He also frequently handles family law matters involving disputed intellectual property assets. Christian began his career in the music industry as an artist manager, where he managed the careers of country songwriter and recording artist Walker Hayes and former American Idol finalist and pop/RB/jazz recording artist Matt Giraud. Outside of his practice, he remains active in the creative space as a consultant providing talent scouting, song-plugging, and career advising services to numerous songwriters, artists, labels, and publishers via his company FVLLGLΛSS, along with brand partnership and investment/business development activities. Christian is the Immediate Past President of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, has been listed as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers’ Entertainment & Sports category for the last five years, was a 2017 Fellow in the Nashville Chapter of the New Leaders Council, and serves on the Board of Advisors for DIME Collective, a Nashville-based digital media company specializing in podcast production and marketing.