Jay Bowen

Jay has practiced law in Nashville since graduating from law school in 1974. He practiced at Nashville’s Bass, Berry & Sims from 1974 until he left in 1995 to found Bowen Warnock & Jacobson, a litigation boutique firm. At Bass, Berry & Sims, he headed the firm’s intellectual property litigation practice. At Bowen Warnock & Jacobson (later Bowen Riley Warnock & Jacobson) Jay specialized in complex litigation, with a concentration in entertainment, intellectual property, first amendment, and business issues. In 2007 he left the firm and devoted his time and energies to an inner city charter school, at which he remains active, before returning to the practice of law in 2009.

During his career, he has represented his clients’ interests in difficult situations and tried many cases, both jury and bench trials, on behalf of local, regional, national and international companies, as well as individuals, including many nationally and internationally known entertainers. He is an alumnus of Leadership Music and is a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. He has been included on the Mid-South Super Lawyers listing; among The Best Lawyers in America; on the Nashville Post’s “100 Best Lawyers in Nashville”; and in Chambers USA’s Best Lawyers for Business. He is a graduate of Davidson College and Vanderbilt Law School where he served as Note Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Jay’s litigation experience includes the following:

– Representing publicly held Nashville company in accounting-based litigation to determine sale price in post-merger dispute;

– Tennessee counsel in medical device inventor-licensee royalty dispute in Memphis, resulting in multi-billion dollar verdict;

– Representing California venture capital company in litigation concerning dispute with credit card processing company and its CEO over sale price issues;

– Representing Nashville-based credit card processing company in corporate accounting dispute relating to corporate acquisition;

– Representing Nashville-based national publisher in audit litigation with its major vendor;

– Representing major record labels defending audit claims and audit litigation;

– Representing a printing company in Sherman and Clayton antitrust allegations against national forms provider;

– Representing a Nashville-based public company in federal income tax litigation;

– Defending a national religious publishing company in a copyright infringement action in Portland, Oregon;

– Representing a major university in litigation in Nashville in which the Tennessee Supreme Court held for the first time that Allen or “dynamite” jury charges are unconstitutional;

– Representing international Pop recording stars in copyright infringement litigation;

– Representing many artists and managers in connect ion with the termination of their relationships;

– Representing international recording groups and artists in name and likeness litigation;

– Representing international publishers in defamation litigation in Tennessee, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, West Virginia and California;

– Representing a national record label in litigation brought by one of its major artists seeking to void her recording contracts;

– Representing a major motion picture company in copyright infringement litigation involving themes from the James Bond movies;

– Representing a manufacturing company in a case which resulted in landmark rulings governing trade secret protection in Tennessee;

– Representing an international record company in litigation with the Elvis Presley estate and Colonel Tom Parker in Tennessee and in New York;

– Representing banks, universities, and other businesses in copyright infringement litigation;

– Representing Country, Pop and Rap music artists, record companies and publishing companies in a variety of complex business litigation;

– Defending three major record labels and recording artists in the Bridgeport litigation in Tennessee which involved allegations of sampling;

– Representing an international talent agency in contract and unfair competition litigation;

– Representing manufacturing companies in unfair competition, trademark and contract litigation;

– Representing record companies and publishers in employment discrimination litigation; and

– Representing the Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”) in Tennessee against illegal downloads.

Direct Dial: 615-329-4440
Email: jbowen@shackelfordlaw.net