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Philip M. Kirkpatrick

Special Counsel

Nashville/Music Row
P 615.341.0068
F 615.341.0596

Phil Kirkpatrick joined Adams and Reese in 2013 in the firm’s Nashville, Music Row and Memphis offices. Practicing his entire career in Tennessee, he has been a Federal Court litigator since 1979 and is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed general civil mediator. Phil focuses on entertainment and intellectual property/technology litigation, products liability litigation, and commercial litigation.

In the music industry, Phil has represented artists, songwriters, producers, musicians, managers and major music groups including labels, publishers and merchandisers. He has also represented clients in numerous restrictive covenant matters, including non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secret cases. He has also represented manufacturers, sellers and others in products liability cases, including fire and explosion cases, as well as power tool cases.

Phil’s clients have included the Estate of Harlan Howard, the Estate of Tupac Shakur, Hall of Fame songwriter and recording artist Dave Loggins, recording artist Aretha Franklin, Universal Music Group, Full Throttle Sloonshine, LLC, Stanley Black & Decker, Atmos Energy Corporation and Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. He has represented MCA Records in prosecuting claims for unauthorized use of sound recordings of artists Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells and copyright infringement of album cover artwork of Conway Twitty. He also has represented leading small appliance, natural gas meter, and natural gas distributor defendants in numerous multi-million dollar bodily injury fire loss cases.

Phil’s representative matters include:

  • Represented Elizabeth Travis Management, Inc., against Randy Travis in manager v. artist litigation;
  • Represented major label group in massive “Bridgeport” music infringement litigation;
  • Represented exclusive merchandising agents for artists Chris Brown and Justin Bieber to obtain nationwide injunction and seizure orders to protect their name(s)and likeness(es) prohibiting bootleg merchandise from being sold at all venues throughout the United States in their respective nationwide tours;
  • Represented Black & Decker to defense verdict in products liability case alleging “kickback” of portable circular power saw;
  • Represented a large brake manufacturer plaintiff for Section 43(a) false designation and trademark infringement to jury verdict judgment, which was the first appellate reported case in State Court in Tennessee wherein a money judgment was awarded under the Federal Lanham Act.

Phil obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Tennessee, graduating from law school in 1978, and earning his bachelor of science, with honors, in 1975.

In the community, Phil is an active voting member of the Country Music Association, and for six years he served as a Board of Trustees member and as General Counsel to Harding Academy, a K-8 Independent School in Nashville.  Phil also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Art League in Nashville.

Phil is a former 7-midnight rock ‘n roll disc jockey, and was a drummer in an R & B band as well as a power trio band.

In his spare time, Phil enjoys his three kids, good music, great wine, swimming and running. Phil was injured by the first bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, while about to take a photograph. He returned to Boston, and on April 21, 2014, ran the 118th Boston Marathon. He is an avid supporter of “Boston Strong — we will never forget,” and his article, "Why on Earth Would You Run Boston," is included in the articles/publications link on the right side of Phil's bio page.

Among the people Phil most admires are John Lennon and Owen Bradley because they both changed things.