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Bone McAllester Norton Expands Its Entertainment Law Practice

Firm Recruits Suzanne Kessler and Hank Adam Locklin

Nashville, Tenn.—(September 1, 2015) Bone McAllester Norton PLLC announced today the addition of two veteran entertainment attorneys to its Nashville firm. Suzanne Kessler, an entertainment and transactional intellectual property attorney and consultant, and Hank Adam Locklin, the former Senior Adviser for Music and Entertainment Industries for the State of Tennessee, have joined the firm, expanding its entertainment law practice to four attorneys. They bring with them a combined total of 40 years of experience.

“The addition of Suzanne and Hank Adam brings a wealth of expertise and experience, enabling us to serve clients across the entertainment and IP spectrums,” said Charles W. Bone, founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton. “Both have been deeply embedded in the entertainment and music industries for decades. We could not be more excited to have them onboard and look forward to providing high-caliber work to all of our entertainment and IP clients.”

Kessler advises both traditional and new media clients, including record labels, recording artists, music publishers, songwriters, artist managers, film and television production companies and independent producers, and digital music and media startups. Kessler previously served as Vice President of Business Development at Universal Music Group Nashville; Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Universal Music Group and A&M Records in Los Angeles; and as an attorney in private practice with a boutique entertainment law firm in Beverly Hills. After graduating from Brown University, she earned a master's degree in communication (documentary film production) from Stanford University and graduated from Stanford Law School. Kessler is a Class of 2005 Leadership Music graduate and currently serves as a board member for W.O. Smith Music School and as Co-Chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports, and Media Law Committee. She is entering her 10th year as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Law School, teaching in its intellectual property and entertainment law program. Kessler also owns a music production company and is a documentary filmmaker. She will practice in Bone McAllester Norton’s Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Law areas.

Locklin is an entertainment attorney who focuses his work on the creative and transactional ends of the music and entertainment industries. His executive experience relates to trade association management and administration, recording agreements, music production, artist/songwriter management, music publishing, sound recording licensing, touring and artist management. In his career, he has been responsible for overseeing and advising efforts to acquire A-level talent for state and government events, including the 2014 National Governor’s Association’s annual meeting; leading the recruitment of global entertainment companies to relocate or expand into Tennessee; and advising on numerous policy issues, including the Nashville television series.

Locklin graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law and is a Class of 2008 Leadership Music graduate. He is active in the local community, serving as a member of the Music City Music Council, charter board member of the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, board member for the Women’s Music Business Association and a Shriner with the Al Menah Shrine Temple. Locklin will practice in the firm’s Entertainment Law area.

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Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 39 attorneys and offices in Nashville, Sumner and Williamson counties, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 18 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit

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