Dickinson Wright adds trio from Crownover

Firm launches Music Row office

Local entertainment attorneys Derek Crownover, Austen Adams and Cam Caldwell have joined Dickinson Wright to launch the firm’s Music Row office and to lead its expanded entertainment law practice group.

With the move, announced today, Crownover Creative Business & Legal Advisors ceases operations.

The three attorneys recently moved into offices on Music Row, which will complement Dickinson Wright’s existing offices downtown.

Crownover (pictured at left) is joining Dickinson Wright as a member and practice leader of the firm’s entertainment law practice. He is personal counsel to various technology, entertainment, media and sports franchise executives and athletes. He also represents songwriters, publishers and producers as well as entrepreneurs in the entertainment and IP sectors.

In addition, 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 more than 400 million records, according to the release.

Adams (on left in photo to the right) is joining 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 issues related to digital distribution and licensing of music and entertainment content. 

Adams is 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.

Caldwell (on right in photo to the right) is joining Dickinson Wright as of counsel. He represents and counsels clients ranging from artists and songwriters to consumer product manufacturers and entertainment-related businesses.

“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,” Crownover said in the release. “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.”

“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,” he added.

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright is the 137th largest law firm in the country, according to the National Law Journal. It has 350 attorneys in 12 cities.