Nashville attorney James (Jim) Harris III, JD’67, founder of the Music Row law firm of Harris Martin Jones, took the reins of the KeyBoard this past spring as chairman.
Harris opened his law firm on Music Row in Nashville in 1975 to concentrate his practice on music, copyright and entertainment law. An active civil litigator in these fields, he handles contract and copyright infringement cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. In the course of his career, he has represented artists, managers, writers, producers, publishers and the various business entities through which these music industry personnel pursue their careers. He was certified in February 2009 as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Harris has received an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies lawyers with a very high to pre-eminent legal ability, indicating that they practice in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards. He was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 6, 2011.
Harris has been a member of the KeyBoard since 2006. He succeeds Martha Rivers Ingram, who stepped down this year after chairing the Blair KeyBoard for 16 years, as well as chairing the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.
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