Buck McKinney is an intellectual property and entertainment lawyer with over 24 years of experience. His practice focuses on copyright, trademark, business disputes, entertainment matters and consumer matters, and includes both a transactional and litigation component.
Before establishing his own law practice, McKinney served as Staff Counsel in the Business and Legal Affairs department of A&M Records, a division of PolyGram International. In that capacity, McKinney maintained responsibility for the negotiation of recording, licensing and related agreements for A&M Records and its affiliated labels Polydor Records, 1500 Records, Rocket Records, DV8 Records and Perspective Records.
Prior to serving as Staff Counsel at A&M, McKinney co-owned and operated Houston-based live music venue and concert production company Rockefeller’s. Prior to operating Rockefeller’s, McKinney was an associate attorney at Houston firm Bell & Murphy, concentrating in the areas of maritime law, commercial litigation and insurance defense.
A frequent lecturer, McKinney has spoken on copyright law and related issues at conventions and seminars around the country, and written several published articles on copyright law. McKinney has also served as adjunct professor of entertainment law at Austin Community College.
McKinney obtained both his B.A. and his Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Texas. As an undergraduate, McKinney was awarded special honors in History and graduated magna cum laude.
McKinney is a member of the American Bar Association, the Texas State Bar, the Austin Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Texas, as well as the Fifth Circuit. McKinney is an active board member of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) and is a published songwriter with BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.).