About Craig Barker

Experience Comes from Practice

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As a former professional musician and manager, Craig is familiar with all aspects of the music and entertainment business, and its complex legal issues.


Craig Barker is a trusted attorney and advisor to businesses and creators in Austin's signature industries of entertainment, digital media, and health technology. Craig's experience with negotiating contracts involving intellectual property for creators and rights holders, and those acquiring rights for businesses, gives him an uncommonly balanced perspective. He understands how to work with management in order to frame deals creatively, as well as how to manage disputes and protect rights in the court system. For more information on Craig's work in the music and entertainment industries, please go here.

Craig enjoys live music, and dancing and traveling with his wife (who sometimes allows him to join her for parts of the study-abroad programs she leads as a global business professor). Craig and his wife also enjoy spending time with –- and trying their best to keep up with -- their grown "children" and grandchildren.


Craig has experience as counsel for emerging businesses, handling diverse needs that include:

  • Entity formation;
  • Trademark and copyright registration;
  • Service and vendor contracts and relationships;
  • Entity/corporate governing documents;
  • Security/privacy issues;
  • Employment agreements for officers and key personnel;
  • Board of directors meetings/minutes/resolutions/policies;
  • Risk-management/insurance issues;
  • Healthcare industry licensing/compliance.

University Teaching Experience


Craig has designed and taught courses on digital media, business law, and entertainment law for graduate and undergraduate levels


St. Edward's University, 2005-2007:

  • Curricular Design: Principles of Digital Media and Entertainment Management
  • Conducted Executive Seminar: "Music, Money, and Copyrights"
  • Graduate Courses: Cyber Law, Business Law (MBA and DMBA programs), and Sports Management
  • Undergraduate Course: Principles of Digital Media and Entertainment Management

Austin Community College, Adjunct Instructor 2001-02; 2005-06:

  • Legal Aspects of the Entertainment Industry
  • Survey of the Music Business


Participation in and Design of Professional Programs


Craig has designed and participated in programs and panels for the State Bar of Texas and SXSW


  • Planning Committee of Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (2003-2014)
  • The Manager As The New Label: The Expanding Role of Artist Managers - Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (panelist; 2014)
  • The Modern Entertainment Law Office - Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (panelist; 2012)
  • Ethics In The Music Industry - SXSW Music (panelist; 2010)
  • "No I Won't Back Down": Protecting Artist's Rights In Record Label Bankruptcies - Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (moderator; 2009)
  • Doing It Yourself: Opportunities for Bands in the Digital Era - Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (panelist; 2009)
  • "She Got the Goldmine, I Got the Shaft" – When Copyright Collides with Community Property Rights, What Gives? - Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (moderator; 2008)
  • Record Distribution for the Indie Label - Entertainment Law Institute of Texas Bar CLE (moderator; 2005)
  • Indie Label In A Box - The Recording Academy - Texas Chapter (2004)

Boards and Organizational Affiliations

  • Entertainment and Sports Law Council, State Bar of Texas - Chair (2007-2008); Officer (2005-2009); Council (2003-2009); Member (1998-present)
  • The Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) - Board of Governors for Texas Chapter (2000-2004); Voting Member (late 90s-2007)
  • Co-founder and VP of Texas Attorneys for Texas Music (2005-present)
  • Advisory Board of Center for Texas Music History (2001-2006)
  • La Pena Cultural Arts Organization - Board of Directors (1990-1993)

Section Memberships - State Bar of Texas, licensed 1991

  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Intellectual Property
  • Computer and Technology
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Health Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Solo, and Small Firm

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Texas Tech University