Tim Warnock's practice is focused almost exclusively on commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts. He has extensive jury and non-jury trial experience in corporate and business litigation, entertainment litigation, intellectual property litigation, construction litigation and general commercial litigation. He is listed as a Rule 31 mediator approved to conduct court-ordered mediations by the Alternative Dispute Commission established by the Tennessee Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He served as President of the Tennessee Chapter of ABOTA in 2009. Tim has also been selected for recognition as a Best Lawyer since 2008.
Tim serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Vanderbilt Law School, teaching Advanced Evidence and Trial Advocacy. He lectures and has been published on topics related to intellectual property and commercial litigation. Tim has been recognized in Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Mid-South edition, and in Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in commercial litigation. Best Lawyers recently named Tim the 2018 Nashville Lawyer of the Year in intellectual property litigation.
Tim is a member of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries and Intellectual Property Law Sections of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, and a former Chair of the Federal Practice Section and the Sports and Entertainment Law Section. Tim was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Law and is a former member of the Steering Committee of Leadership Law. He is also a member of the Nashville Bar Association and a former Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee and of the Entertainment and Sports Law Committee, and a former Co-Chair of the Federal Courts Committee and of the Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Committee.
He is also a member of Leadership Music and currently serves on the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors. Tim is a former member of the Board of the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Tim graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1984 with a B.A. degree. He received his J.D. with high honors in 1987 from the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Moot Court Board.
Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements:
- Presenter - Copyright and Trademark Litigation, University of Miami International Legal Symposium (Apr. 18, 2016).
- Presenter - The Use and Misuse of Experts in Copyright Cases, ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries (Nov. 13, 2015).
- Presenter - Proving Damages in Federal Court, Advanced Federal Court Practice, Nashville Bar Association (Nov. 10, 2015).
- Author - Blurry Lines: Is Revenue from Concerts Recoverable in Copyright-Infringement Cases? Tennessee Bar Journal (Aug. 2015).
- Presenter - Entertainment Law Through the Eyes of a Litigator, 26th Annual North American Sports, Entertainment and IP Conference, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (Nov. 2014).
- Author - What's in the Middle of an Aero? Technology versus the Copyright Act, Tennessee Bar Journal (Sept. 2014).
- Author - Payback for Playback: Setting an Appropriate Award of Statutory Damages in a Copyright Infringement Action, Tennessee Bar Journal (Nov. 2013).
- Presenter - Current Topics in Entertainment Litigation, ABA 3d Annual Entertainment Law Symposium, Nashville, TN (Sept. 20, 2013).
- Presenter - Advanced Topics in Entertainment Related Litigation, ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law, Miami Beach, FL (May 4, 2012).
- Presenter - Copyright and Creativity, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (Jan. 27, 2012).
- Panelist - Music Litigation, 23rd Annual Entertainment, Sports & Intellectual Property Law Conference, ICLE of Georgia (Nov. 9-13, 2011).
- Author - Access and "Striking Similarity" in Copyright Infringement Litigation, Landslide (Nov./Dec. 2010).
- Speaker/Author - 360 View of a Copyright-Infringement Claim, 22nd Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference, ICLE of Georgia (Nov. 4-8, 2010).
- Producer - That's Entertainment! A Mid-Year Review, Nashville Bar Association (Aug. 26, 2010).
- Author - Where'd You Get That Idea? Stay Current with These Updates to Copyright Law, Tennessee Bar Journal (June 2010).
- Moderator - Trademark & Copyright Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Apr. 22-24, 2010).
- Author - Cross Examination Commandments and Corollaries, Nashville Bar Journal (Apr. 2010).
- Faculty Member/Author - Annual Entertainment Law in Review: The Premiere End-of-Year Entertainment Law CLE, Nashville Bar Association (Dec. 8, 2009).
- Moderator/Author - Trademark & Copyright Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer, 21st Annual Entertainment & Sports Law Conference and 15th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute, ICLE in Georgia (Nov. 11-15, 2009).
- Author - Calculating An Infringer's Profits: To Deduct Or Not To Deduct, That Is The Question, Entertainment & Sports Law Section of The Tennessee Bar Association's Newsletter, Volume 3 (May 2009).
- Panelist/Author - Litigation Issues for Entertainment Lawyers, Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Symposium Florida Bar (Mar. 13, 2009).
- Panelist/Author - Copyright Issues for the Entertainment Lawyer, Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Symposium Florida Bar (Mar. 13, 2009).
- Author - License To Sing, Tennessee Bar Journal (June 2008).
- Panelist - What To Do When The Deal Goes Bad, Entertainment and Sports Law Conference, ICLE in Georgia (Nov. 10-14, 2005).
- Panelist/Author - Non-Copyright Remedies for the Rights Holder: Rights of Privacy/Publicity, Lanham Act, Unfair Competition and Beyond, Entertainment and Sports Law Conference, ICLE in Georgia (Nov. 10-14, 2005).
- Author - To Serve Or Not to Serve...Is That A Question?, Nashville Bar Journal (May 2005).
Intellectual Property Litigation
University of Tennessee, J.D. 1987
Vanderbilt University, B.A. 1984
American Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
The Florida Bar
American Board of Trial Advocates
Tennessee Ass'n of Construction Counsel
Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 115