Our Firm

Drawing on more than 40 years of continuous legal experience, the attorneys of Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC build on the lessons of the past in assisting clients in preparing for the future. MHCKBS attorneys have long maintained a leading practice in music publishing, recorded music and copyright protection and have expanded their national and international practice to include the areas of media and technology.  The members also provide complete trademark and brand protection services to their clients.

Individually or collectively, the members of MHCKBS have served in positions of leadership and/or board membership with the W.O. School of Music, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and often serve as counsel to such organizations.  Their past service includes years of involvement with the International Bluegrass Music Association, the Country Music Association, the Country Music Foundation and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, the Copyright Society of the South, Country Radio Broadcasters, and numerous other prestigious organizations.  MHCKBS attorneys have long histories of teaching, both at the undergraduate and law school levels, and have served as adjunct professors at Belmont University’s Curb School of Entertainment and Music Business and Vanderbilt Law School.  MHCKBS attorneys are also in demand for speaking engagements at law schools, Continuing Legal Education programs and industry events across the country.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2021 recognized the firm as a Best Law Firm. The Firm was recognized as a Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in the areas of Copyright Law, Entertainment Law-Motion Pictures & Television, Entertainment Law-Music, and Trademark Law. 2021 Best Lawyers in America® has recognized Mike Milom in the areas of Entertainment Law-Music, Copyright Law, and Trademark Law; Chris Horsnell in the areas of Entertainment Law-Music, Entertainment Law-Motion Pictures and Television, Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and Litigation-Intellectual Property; David Crow in the areas of Entertainment Law-Music and Copyright Law; and Page Kelley in the areas of Entertainment Law-Music and Entertainment Law-Motion Pictures and Television.  In the Chambers USA 2020 rankings, Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC was recognized as the only Band 1 (highest ranking) Media & Entertainment law firm in Tennessee. In addition, four partners of the firm, Mike Milom, Chris Horsnell, David Crow, and Page Kelley were ranked individually. MHCKBS lawyers have also been recognized as “Nashville Lawyer of the Year” in the areas of entertainment law, intellectual property law, copyright law and trademark law. MHCKBS attorneys have enriched their community by serving in leadership roles in professional organizations on the local, state and national levels and actively participating in local charities and community organizations.

Our Clients

MHCKBS clients have and continue to exemplify the highest standards of creativity and innovative business practice.  The firm’s roster of valued clients includes recording artists; screen and broadcast talent; composers and authors; music, book, magazine and on-line publishers; television and record producers; record labels; software developers, and entertainment industry executives and financiers.  As the success of our firm is inextricably linked to the success of our clients, MHCKBS attorneys endeavor to produce the best result for our clients in each transaction and to assist our clients in creating new business opportunities in the evolving entertainment, intellectual property, technology and media industries.

The firm’s clients include the following individuals and companies:

Entertainment:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Luke Bryan
  • Brandy Clark
  • CMH Label Group
  • Compass Records Group, Inc.
  • Easton Corbin
  • Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
  • Dailey and Vincent
  • Russell Dickerson
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Fame Music Publishing
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Don McLean
  • Carly Pearce
  • The Band Perry
  • Plowboy Records
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Skaggs Family Records
  • Keith Urban
  • Hank Williams, Jr.

Intellectual Property and Media:

  • Chet Atkins Professional Property Trust
  • Music Row Magazine
  • Estate of Hank Williams, Sr.