Carson King is an associate attorney in Hall Booth Smith’s Nashville office, where he practices in business litigation, intellectual property / entertainment, professional negligence, products liability, and transactional matters. Mr. King has experience in defending a wide variety of litigation matters in court and in trial and will aggressively seek to defend your interests. Prior to coming to Hall Booth Smith, Mr. King served as a law clerk in the United States Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
Mr. King graduated first in his class at the University of Illinois College of Business, where he majored in Accountancy. He graduated fourth in his class at the University of Illinois College of Law, achieving summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, and Harno Scholar distinctions. He also received Rickert Awards for Excellence in Academics and Excellence in Legal Writing and served on the Illinois Law Review as Topics Editor. His paper, "When Virtual Reality Becomes Real: Taxation of CryptoCurrencies" was the grand prize winner of the Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Competition, a national competition, and was published online. Mr. King also received CALI awards for achieving the highest grade in six different courses in law school, including International Intellectual Property, Trial Advocacy, Business Associations, Legal Research, Introduction to Advocacy, and Federal Tax Policy. During law school, Mr. King worked at a prestigious central Illinois law firm, where he conducted research and drafted motions, pleadings, and other documents.
Mr. King has toured with a variety of bands since he was eleven years old, with most of his time spent playing banjo, fiddle, bass, guitar, and piano and singing back-up vocals in his family's bluegrass band (The King Family Band). The King Family Band has two original songs that reached #1 on the RadioActive Airplay Americana charts. Mr. King has participated in music competitions since his childhood, leading him to win the Illinois State Banjo Competition in 2009. Mr. King also thoroughly enjoys any outdoor and physical activities and is a tri-athlete.
Mr. King is passionate about all aspects of life and works zealously and diligently to serve the best interests of his clients.
Mr. King has drafted and revised publishing, management, promotion, and other entertainment contracts, as well as sync and other licenses for entertainment clients. He also has assisted in obtaining favorable outcomes for clients in copyright disputes and infringement claims. During his clerkship in the U.S. Copyright Office, he handled various copyright registration and policy matters. Mr. King is also experienced in handling trademark applications with the USPTO. His experience in the entertainment industry began long before he became an attorney, as he has been a performing musician since his early childhood.