Expertise and Experience
Jim Zumwalt has practiced law for more than 40 years with a focus on music 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, multiplatinum recording and performing artists, major songwriters and producers, authors, screenwriters, film directors and producers, and television production companies. His work has earned him a place on Music Row magazine’s annual In Charge listing. Additionally, he has been honored by the Nashville Business Journal under their review as “Best Lawyers”. Recently, Chambers USA 2017 awarded Mr. Zumwalt the highest honor they offer “Senior Statesmen”.
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, Toby Keith in country, Tanya Tucker in classic country, 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 including the recent acquisition of his client, Dualtone Records by eOne Entertainment Mr. Zumwalt also is engaged in representing celebrity Estates in the exploitation, preservation and enforcement of name and likeness rights as well as negotiating usage licenses. Besides current representation of the heirs of Patsy Cline, Mr. Zumwalt has performed services for the following Estates; Kurt Cobain, James Brown, Otis Redding, and Phil Everly.
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 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has served on the Nashville Chapter of the NARAS Board of Governors.
Eastern Illinois University
The University of Memphis School of Law
All Tennessee state courts