Jim Zumwalt


Expertise and Experience
Jim Zumwalt has practiced law for more than 35 years with a focus on music and entertainment law, including an emphasis on global new media and technology in the entertainment industry. He represents clients around the globe in every dimension of multimedia and entertainment, including award-winning, multiplatinum recording and performing artists, major songwriters and producers, authors, screenwriters, film directors and producers, and television production companies. His work has earned him a place on Music Row magazine’s annual In Charge listing.

Mr. Zumwalt has provided deal-making and transactional services for some of the biggest names in show business, including Rick Dees and Redbeard in radio, Kiefer Sutherland in film, Creed in modern rock, Kenny Wayne Shepherd in blues rock, Toby Keith in country, Tanya Tucker in classic country, Jars of Clay in contemporary Christian, CeCe Winans in gospel, Brian McKnight in rhythm and blues, the Bar-Kays in funk, Jackyl in hard rock, and Paramore and Cage the Elephant in modern alternative rock. In addition to his work for artists, which includes actively originating industry deals, Mr. Zumwalt also has represented both buyers and sellers in large entertainment industry mergers and acquisitions.

Practice Areas
Entertainment Law
Media Law

A graduate of the Leadership Music Program, Mr. Zumwalt has served on the Leadership Music Board of Directors and as President of the Leadership Music Alumni Association. He is the former Chairman of the Nashville Entertainment Association and also chaired the Nashville Extravaganza. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and has served on the Nashville Chapter of the NARAS Board of Governors.

Eastern Illinois University

Law School
The University of Memphis School of Law

Bar Admissions
Tennessee, 1975

Court Admissions
All Tennessee state courts

Direct Dial: 615-850-2280
Fax: 615-256-7106
Email: jzumwalt@shackelfordlaw.net