Lauren Kilgore

Lauren Kilgore’s practice is focused on entertainment, intellectual property and commercial litigation in federal and state courts. Before joining the firm, Lauren practiced commercial and financial services litigation and handled a wide variety of commercial and consumer disputes for financial and business institutions. In addition, Lauren handled a variety of entertainment industry transactional matters on behalf of both artists and corporations.

Lauren is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School. While in law school, Lauren served as Senior Technology Editor of the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, Executive Justice for the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and Vice President of the Honor Council. Lauren received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College. Following graduation from BSC, Lauren worked in the entertainment business in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lauren’s experience includes:

– Creating record label to conform to corporate requirements in Tennessee and representing corporate executives in drafting and executing subsequent artist recording agreements;

– Negotiating single song, co-publishing, and publishing agreements on behalf of songwriters;

– Representing record label and affiliated producer in clearing copyright and licensing for compilation tribute album featuring twenty-seven prominent recording artists;

– Representing author in copyright dispute with European illustrator over copyright ownership of illustrations;

– Representing studio musicians in negotiating agreements for recording, producing and distributing performances for interactive social media ventures;

– Representing studio musician in obtaining proper clearance and touring permissions for international touring;

– Representing broker-dealers in lawsuit over securities fraud and fraudulent inducement of investment in coal industry project;

– Defending financial institution against allegations of liability for bookkeeper’s embezzlement of over one million dollars from Tennessee corporation.

– Representing automated weld manufacturing corporation against casket manufacturer in breach of contract dispute over automated weld specifications;

– Representing large financial institutions in protecting secured collateral and enforcing creditor’s rights in state and federal courts;

– Representing accountant in Securities and Exchange Commission investigation for insider trading;

– Acting as pro bono counsel for abused women in obtaining divorces through Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee;

Professional Associations and Memberships

– Tennessee Bar Association, Member

– Nashville Bar Association, Board Member

– Harry Phillips American Inns of Court, Associate Member

– Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the NBA, Committee Member

– Federal Courts Committee, Member


The Rise of 360 Deals in the Music Industry, Landslide: A Publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, March 2011.

Guerrilla Radio: Has the Time Come for a Performance Right in Sound Recordings? Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, April 2010.

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