Three Entertainment Lawyers Join Dickinson Wright to Lead Expanded U.S. Entertainment Law Practice Group

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Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams and Cam Caldwell have joined Dickinson Wright in Nashville to launch the firm's office on Music Row and lead its expanded Entertainment Law Practice Group.

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams and Cam Caldwell have joined Dickinson Wright in Nashville to launch the firm’s office on Music Row and lead its expanded Entertainment Law Practice Group.

Derek Crownover and a select group of lawyers and staff recently relocated and expanded into offices on Nashville’s historic Music Row. Dickinson Wright will maintain the Music Row offices complementing the firm’s already existing Nashville location downtown.

“We are excited to welcome Derek, Austen and Cam and their comprehensive approach to client service in the media, technology, and entertainment industries,” said Dickinson Wright CEO William T. Burgess. “Their leading position in these fields provides an important expansion to our practice offerings as we continue to grow in Nashville and our other offices across North America.”

“This move is not only great chemistry-wise, it’s very strategic because it will allow us to be more effective in our clients’ business growth on a global scale. We have always worked as ‘primary care physicians’ of sorts assisting with LLC funding deals, real estate transactions, asset purchase agreements, recording agreements, audits, employment agreements as well as tax and wills and trusts matters, “ said Derek Crownover. “All of that will continue but we will now be able to have more coverage, handle increased business volume, and be more active in client strategies as they grow.”

Derek Crownover joins Dickinson Wright as a Member and Practice Leader of the firm’s Entertainment Law practice. He is personal counsel to various tech, entertainment, media and sports franchise executives and athletes. He represents songwriters, publishers and producers as well as some of the most active entrepreneurs in the entertainment and IP sectors in the South. He assists clients with diverse business matters including LLC funding, real estate acquisition and disposition, asset purchases, recording agreement negotiation, audits, employment counseling, tax matters, and wills and trusts. Mr. Crownover counsels mid-sized publishing companies, indie record labels, songwriters and artists who own their copyrights on licensing, lawsuits and liability issues. Collectively, his producer, songwriter, publisher and artist clients have sold in excess of 400 million records.

Mr. Crownover has been recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He is licensed in the states of Tennessee and New York, an active member of the Copyright Society of the South, and a voting member of the Country Music Association since 1996. He served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Legal Counsel, and Board Member for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Mr. Crownover received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law

Austen Adams joins Dickinson Wright as Of Counsel. He is an entertainment attorney who represents and advises recording artists, songwriters, producers, artist managers, music publishers, technology companies, and other music industry professionals in entertainment transactions. He advises clients on the structuring and negotiating of a wide variety of agreements and issues relating to the digital distribution and licensing of music and entertainment content.

Mr. Adams serves as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and was previously the Chair of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. Mr. Adams received his B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his J.D. from Louisiana State University School of Law.

Robert Cameron “Cam” Caldwell joins Dickinson Wright as Of Counsel. He represents and counsels a wide array of clients, ranging from artists and songwriters to consumer product manufacturers and entertainment-related businesses. He has experience in employment law, Fair Labor Standards Act, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation experience in various state and federal courts.

Mr. Caldwell is licensed to practice in Tennessee, with a particular working knowledge of the Federal Middle District Court of Tennessee. He has served on the Executive Council of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, as well as the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. Mr. Caldwell received his B.A. from Georgia Southern University and his J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law.

Marie Gurgel, joins as a senior paralegal in the Entertainment Law Practice Group but will also continue her work in the Corporate and Wills and Trusts Practice Group. Charity Asher joins as a legal assistant.

Dickinson Wright’s Entertainment Law Practice Group offers clients deep understanding of the operational, transactional and regulatory aspects of their businesses and possesses intellectual property, entertainment technology, marketing and advertising, and industry-specific litigation experience. Advising on the broad spectrum of legal issues associated with today’s entertainment industry, Dickinson Wright provides analysis, advice and strategic guidance on risks and opportunities; intellectual property protection and exploitation; labor and employment; commercial agreements; finance; tax; and the various issues impacting these high-potential, competitive industries. To learn more, visit

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 350 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

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