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Keane Barger is a litigator dedicated to providing sound advice to his clients and solving their most complex problems. 

He focuses his practice on intellectual property and entertainment litigation, including copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and defamation disputes. He has successfully represented clients through all phases of litigation before state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as arbitral panels and the Copyright Royalty Board. Among a diverse set of clients, he has served as litigation counsel for major and independent music publishing and recording companies; prominent pop and country artists; performing rights organizations; motion picture companies; a major professional sports franchise; and an acclaimed videogame composer and sound designer. Keane also has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation in other industries, including the healthcare and financial services sectors. On a pro bono basis, Keane has successfully advocated for Medicaid patients who have been denied medically necessary care.
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Entertainment & Sports Law Forum: “From Artificial Intelligence to Fair Use and Beyond”
  • Tennessee Bar Association Reporters Workshop: "Copyright Law"
  • Loeb & Loeb’s 9th Annual IP/Entertainment Law CLE Conference: "Recent Cases of Interest"
  • Loeb & Loeb 14th Annual IP/Entertainment Conference in LA: "Recent Cases of Interest"
  • Speaker, "Licensing Videogame Soundtracks: Remastered," University of Illinois Chicago School of Law


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Centre College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Tennessee


  • Honorable Susan H. Black, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation (2023 and 2024)
  • Named “Mid-South Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters (2018-2023)
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Tennessee Justice Center (2019)


  • Member, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industry, American Bar Association
  • Member, Entertainment and Sports Law Section, Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member, Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Committee, Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, Copyright Society of the South
  • Member, Board of Directors, Friends Life Community