Leadership Music, National Academy of Recording Arts and Science, Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association
Jim Zumwalt has practiced law for more than 40 years with a focus on media and entertainment law, including an emphasis on global new media and technology in the entertainment industry. He represents clients around the globe in every dimension of multimedia and entertainment, including award-winning, multi platinum recording and performing artists, major songwriters and producers, celebrity estates, copyright terminations, authors, screenwriters, film directors and producers, and television production companies.
Mr. Zumwalt has provided deal-making and transactional services for some of the biggest names in show business, including Rick Dees and Redbeard in radio, Kiefer Sutherland in film, Creed in modern rock, Kenny Wayne Shepherd in blues rock, Dan+Shay in contemporary country, Tanya Tucker in classic country, Kentucky Headhunters in country rock, Jars of Clay in contemporary Christian, CeCe Winans in gospel, Brian McKnight in rhythm and blues, the Bar-Kays in funk, Jackyl in hard rock, and Paramore and Cage the Elephant in modern alternative rock. In addition to his work for artists, which includes actively originating industry deals, Mr. Zumwalt also has represented both buyers and sellers in large entertainment industry mergers and acquisitions. He has handled transactions for the following Estates: Kurt Cobain, James Brown, Otis Redding and Patsy Cline and licensing rights from the Estates of Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra. He is actively representing copyright terminations for sound recordings and song copyrights.
A graduate of the Leadership Music Program, Mr. Zumwalt has served on the Leadership Music Board of Directors and as President of the Leadership Music Alumni Association. He is the former Chairman of the Nashville Entertainment Association and also chaired the Nashville Extravaganza. He is a voting member of the Country Music Association and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has served on the Nashville Chapter of the NARAS Board of Governors.