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Kelly L. Frey

Partner

One Nashville Place
150 Fourth Avenue, North
Suite 1100
Nashville, TN 37219
kelly.frey@nelsonmullins.com

Kelly Frey assists clients in corporate acquisitions/divestitures, corporation transactions, and corporate compliance. He represents companies in various information technology and intellectual property transactions, including licensing, outsourcing, technology law, and vendor relationship and management. He helps with corporate governance matters and assists companies in creating sustainable, cost-effective, and defensible internal controls to mitigate compliance risks. Mr. Frey also...

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Kelly Frey assists clients in corporate acquisitions/divestitures, corporation transactions, and corporate compliance. He represents companies in various information technology and intellectual property transactions, including licensing, outsourcing, technology law, and vendor relationship and management. He helps with corporate governance matters and assists companies in creating sustainable, cost-effective, and defensible internal controls to mitigate compliance risks. Mr. Frey also represents several indie film production and media companies and has served as executive producer for several feature films.

In the technology sector, Mr. Frey is one of fewer than 10 attorneys in private practice to be named a Fellow in the World Technology Network (selected by more than 1,000 internationally recognized experts and futurists who are current Fellows for innovative legal work recognized to be of "the greatest likely long-term significance"). He is the author of Frey on Technology Transactions and Intellectual Property and dozens of other books and articles on technology, compliance, and law. 

Mr. Frey recently completed judging for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys). He is a member of the Nashville/Midsouth chapter of NATAS and this year judged entries in the Societal Concerns category in the Southern chapter and Feature News Reporting in the Mid-Atlantic chapter of NATAS. He represents a number of TV and film producers, including the recently released PBS program “Perfect 36 – When Women Got The Vote” and the healthy eating documentary “Eating You Alive” (featuring Academy winner James Cameron and Academy nominee Samuel L. Jackson). Mr. Frey is past-president of the Nashville Film Festival (an Oscar qualifying and one of the top 10 film festivals in the US) and is known locally as “The Film Guy.”

represents several indie film production and media companies and has served as executive producer for several feature films.

In the technology sector, Mr. Frey is one of fewer than 10 attorneys in private practice to be named a Fellow in the World Technology Network (selected by more than 1,000 internationally recognized experts and futurists who are current Fellows for innovative legal work recognized to be of "the greatest likely long-term significance"). He is the author of Frey on Technology Transactions and Intellectual Property and dozens of other books and articles on technology, compliance, and law. 

Mr. Frey recently completed judging for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys). He is a member of the Nashville/Midsouth chapter of NATAS and this year judged entries in the Societal Concerns category in the Southern chapter and Feature News Reporting in the Mid-Atlantic chapter of NATAS. He represents a number of TV and film producers, including the recently released PBS program “Perfect 36 – When Women Got The Vote” and the healthy eating documentary “Eating You Alive” (featuring Academy winner James Cameron and Academy nominee Samuel L. Jackson). Mr. Frey is past-president of the Nashville Film Festival (an Oscar qualifying and one of the top 10 film festivals in the US) and is known locally as “The Film Guy.”

Kelly Frey assists clients in corporate acquisitions/divestitures, corporation transactions, and corporate compliance. He represents companies in various information technology and intellectual property transactions, including licensing, outsourcing, technology law, and vendor relationship and management. He helps with corporate governance matters and assists companies in creating sustainable, cost-effective, and defensible internal controls to mitigate compliance risks. Mr. Frey also... represents several indie film production and media companies and has served as executive producer for several feature films.

In the technology sector, Mr. Frey is one of fewer than 10 attorneys in private practice to be named a Fellow in the World Technology Network (selected by more than 1,000 internationally recognized experts and futurists who are current Fellows for innovative legal work recognized to be of "the greatest likely long-term significance"). He is the author of Frey on Technology Transactions and Intellectual Property and dozens of other books and articles on technology, compliance, and law. 

Mr. Frey recently completed judging for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys). He is a member of the Nashville/Midsouth chapter of NATAS and this year judged entries in the Societal Concerns category in the Southern chapter and Feature News Reporting in the Mid-Atlantic chapter of NATAS. He represents a number of TV and film producers, including the recently released PBS program “Perfect 36 – When Women Got The Vote” and the healthy eating documentary “Eating You Alive” (featuring Academy winner James Cameron and Academy nominee Samuel L. Jackson). Mr. Frey is past-president of the Nashville Film Festival (an Oscar qualifying and one of the top 10 film festivals in the US) and is known locally as “The Film Guy.”

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Representative Matters

  • General Counsel to the Board of the Ethics and Compliance Association
  • Responsible for the creation and implementation of anti-corruption system for Fortune 10 technology company for more than 30,000 sales channel partners worldwide
  • Lead counsel for $400 million information technology infrastructure outsourcing for the North American operations of international auto manufacturer
  • Lead counsel for disaster recovery outsourcing deal for headquarters location of Fortune 100 financial services company
  • Lead counsel for enterprise-wide, mission-critical software licensing for Fortune 500 manufacturer and marketer of prestigious skincare, makeup, fragrance and hair care products
  • Lead counsel for acquisition of national construction company by high net worth family
  • Lead counsel for acquisition of U.S. manufacturing concern by foreign client
  • Counsel to Fortune 1,000 payment processing company
  • Counsel and Associate Producer for “The Identical,” (with Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Seth Green,  winner of the coveted Audience Award at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival); Counsel for feature film “Hoovey;” Counsel for multiple feature productions and film investments for high net worth family; and Executive Producer for the feature documentary “Eating You Alive” (with James Cameron and Samuel L. Jackson) and the feature narratives “Fogg,” “The Odds,” “John Doe,” and “All Light Will End”
  • Co-inventor for four technology/business method patents (assigned to his Fortune 100 insurance client) that anticipated current Usage Based Insurance (UBI) programs

Previous Professional Experience

  • Member/Partner, Private Practice with Nashville offices of national law firms (2003-2017)
  • Attorney, Hartford Insurance Group – General Counsel to eCommerce subsidiaries of this Fortune 100 financial services company (2001-2003)
  • Vice President, Legal Affairs, eFavorites (2000-2001) - (one of the first social networking sites)
  • Director of Business and Legal Affairs, Audible.com (1999-2000) - (one of the first digital download companies)
    • Vice President of Strategic Development and Counsel – Copyright Direct (IP/E-Commerce subsidiary of private company) (1997-1999) - Management responsibility for development and international product launch of a proprietary digital rights management system
    • General Counsel, Copyright Clearance Center (1992-1997) - Primary legal resource to the U.S. Reproduction Rights Organization for the publishing industry. Assisted in creation of first digital rights licensing system used by Fortune 500 through consensus negotiations with publishing industry . U.S. representative to the EU funded IMPRIMATUR program – developed the first digital rights trading platform
  • Attorney, Private Practice, Nashville (1982-1992)

Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law, JD (1982)
  • Vanderbilt Graduate Medical School, MS, Human Pathology (1978)
  • Vanderbilt University, BA (1973)

Admissions

  • Tennessee

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  • Nashville Bar Association, Business Law Committee, Co-Chair
  • Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, Board Member
  • Nashville Japanese Film Festival Board, President (2017-2018)
  • Nashville Film Festival, Board, Vice President (2013-2014); President (2014-2015)
  • Historic Franklin Theatre, Board of Governors
  • Studio Tenn, Board of Directors; Officer (2017-2018)
  • Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, Volunteer
  • Member of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and Judge (for Emmys)
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