Norman Gillis & Associates, Inc.

Norman Gillis & Associates, Inc.

Nashville Entertainment Law Attorneys Advocate for Your Rights.

Firm Overview

Tennessee law firm defends businesses and individuals:
For more than 30 years, Norman Gillis & Associates, Inc. has been providing the highest quality legal representation in Tennessee, throughout the United States and internationally. As the first Better Business Bureau accredited Entertainment Law firm in Nashville with an A+ rating, we represent music and entertainment companies, songwriters and other individuals and companies in the following:
-Entertainment law
-Music publishing/songwriting agreements
-Music-related litigation
-Artist and management
-Licensing infringement
-Business law
-Limited liability companies
-Literary publication representation
-Investor agreements
-Trademarks/service marks
-Internet and general intellectual property

Expert legal service from knowledgeable lawyers:
We are dedicated to providing expert legal advice in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our goal is to build long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with clients. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for being highly skilled, attentive, meticulous and experienced advocates. We look out for our clients' best interests, advise them, litigate on their behalf and, most importantly, work our hardest to bring them optimal results.
Main Office

Main Office
1208 16th Avenue, South Suite LL1, P.O. BOX 330218
Nashville  TN  37212

  • (615)3201332
  • 6153208651
Intellectual Property
Experienced Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Firm.
Protecting your creative property:
Intellectual property is created by the human mind. The creativity element distinguishes it from personal, intangible or real property. Protecting intellectual property is different than protecting other assets. When handling intellectual property, attorneys must consider how to preserve the value of concepts, designs, ideas and innovations, rather than merely tangible items. The intellectual property attorneys at Norman Gillis & Associates, Inc. have extensive experience maintaining the value of musical compositions, sound recordings, slogans, branding, and business secrets through:
-Trade secrets

Registering your copyrights:
You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, photograph, musical composition, computer program or movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon production. We can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution.

Preserving your business image through your trademarks:
Trademark protects your commercial branding, logo, picture or design from use by others. Even use of a confusingly similar look, name or logo can constitute trademark infringement. We file your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If infringement occurs, we seek an injunction to stop further use and we sue the infringer for damages.

Safeguarding your business trade secrets:
A formula, recipe, method, process or plan distinctive to your business constitutes a trade secret. Trade secrets are intrinsic to the success of your company and give you the competitive edge. When these unique functions are revealed, your company's value is compromised. At Norman Gills & Associates, Inc., we help you protect your business through nondisclosure agreements and employment protocol. If an employee or outside party discloses protected information, our attorneys can minimize damage to your company and pursue your legal remedies.

Norman B. Gillis

Norman Gillis is the principal of Norman Gillis & Associates, Inc., the first Better Business Bureau accredited Entertainment Law Firm in Nashville with an A+ rating. Norman's practice includes the areas of entertainment law, entertainment contracts, music law, intellectual property, copyright, trademark, and business and commercial contracts. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi. He has led continuing legal education seminars for the National Business Institute, and has presented on extraordinary remedies in trademark protection for the Nashville Bar Association. Norman is a regular co-speaker for the televised Pensacola, FL program, Music Business and Taxes, and is a member of the Tennessee, Mississippi and Nashville Bar Associations. Norman is on the Professional Advisory Board for AFTRA, has served on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the International Academy of Design and Technology, and is on the legal team for the Artists Music Guild.

For the past 20 years of his 30-year legal career, Norman has practiced on Music Row in Nashville. His clients have included Brooks & Dunn, David Corlew Music Group, Blue Hat Records/Charlie Daniels Band, producer Barry Beckett, Bigg & Rich/Muzik Mafia, Tim McGraw, Creative Artists Agency, Bill Monroe Estate, Leo Lyons (Ten Years After), The Righteous Brothers, Duane Eddy, Bela Fleck and Kathy Mattea, and many more. Norman handled all licensing and negotiations for the Concord Records release, Jamie Oldaker's Mad Dogs & Okies with artists including Eric Clapton, Ray Benson, J.J. Cale, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Taj Mahal, and Willis Alan Ramsay.

Norman's current representative clients include Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Bonnie Bramlett, Bekka Bramlett, Sure Fire Music, Simon & Schuster author R. Gary Patterson, producer Chuck Howard, Pam Tillis, Savannah Music Group, Blue Steel Records, OmniSound Studios, Tuniverse Entertainment, Rachel Holder, Exile, Bomshel, Richie McDonald, Pablo Cruise, Gary Paxton, Daniel Peck, Big Country Records, Fox Music, and Platinum Pen Music Publishing.

In addition to his passion for law, church and community activities are equally important to Norman. He has assisted with mission trips to Honduras and the Lacota Sioux Reservation in South Dakota through the Episcopal Church, and worked on a Rotary International project for mentally and physically challenged children in Jamaica. He is past Rotary club president, past Sr. Warden of his church, and is in the St. David's Episcopal Choir, in addition to being a Licensed Eucharistic Minister for the Dioceses of Tennessee and Mississippi.

-Mississippi and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

-University of Mississippi, J.D.
-University of Mississippi, B.A.

-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for his professionalism and ethics.
  • University of Mississippi
    Juris Doctorate