Timothy R.W. Kappel

Timothy R.W. Kappel has built a successful solo practice representing a diverse roster of music industry clientele. Today, Mr. Kappel splits his time between Nashville and New Orleans and his practice remains largely dedicated to serving creators, professionals, businesses, and organizations in the entertainment industries.  He serves the firm of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC as Of Counsel in matters regarding intellectual property and entertainment law.

Mr. Kappel has a particular interest in creator compensation issues and crowdfunding alternatives to traditional financing in the entertainment industry. His article titled “Ex Ante Crowdfunding and the Recording Industry: A Model for the U.S.?” (Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, Vol. 29, 2009) was the first published article to explore equity crowdfunding in the domestic recording industry and was frequently cited in the crowdfunding community leading up to the passage of the JOBS Act.

Mr. Kappel also assists individuals, businesses, and organizations in the acquisition and protection of their intellectual property.  He has significant experience litigating intellectual property disputes in federal court, arbitration, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Kappel has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law teaching entertainment law.  He is currently an associate professor in the Music Industry Studies Department at Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts.

Timothy R.W. Kappel


Bar Admissions
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas
Regulatory, Compliance, and Taxation
Business Formation and Transactions
Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law

Middle Tennessee State University
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Society of Leaders in Development (Alumni)
The Recording Academy (Memphis Chapter)
American Bar Association: Entertainment and Sports Committee
Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Louisiana Bar Association