Lauren Kilgore, Nashville-based Partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, was selected to Billboard’s 2020 Top Music Lawyers. Billboard said that this year, the attorneys in the music industry have, “kept business on course, helped clients cope with the pandemic – and vigorously joined the call for racial justice.” 

Lauren serves as outside counsel for Black River Entertainment, and spent much of 2019 and 2020  preparing for the release of Kelsea Ballerini’s new album, kelsea. She has also helped her clients navigate the complications caused by COVID-19. She told Billboard, “In the live space, our incredible team of attorneys have worked to address the sudden lack of revenue, negotiate the termination of performance contracts… and have assisted clients in developing new ways for artists and labels to promote new content and reach new fans.”  

Lauren also states, “It’s an honor to be recognized by Billboard, especially alongside so many talented and accomplished entertainment attorneys. I’m grateful and honored to work with my wonderful clients and my colleagues at Shackelford.” This is Lauren’s first time being named a Top Music Lawyer. 

Billboard routinely asks selected attorneys for complimentary advice for young artists, to which Lauren notes, “You are better off paying a little money up front to have a lawyer review your contract than paying a lot more money on the back end to litigate it.” 

 

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