Hank Adam Locklin

Hank Adam Locklin


Hank Adam is a Director at GSIS. He has performed on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium and at Music City Roots, and produced albums for his late father, country music legend and Grand Ole Opry star Hank Locklin featuring Hall of Famers like Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, the Jordanaires and Oak Ridge Boys. But playing a part in bettering the lives of those who need a legal helping hand is what inspired him to become an attorney.

Hank Adam Locklin is an entertainment attorney who focuses his work on the creative and transactional ends of the music and entertainment industries. With two decades of experience, he is a sought-after entertainment professional. He has a broad base of executive experience related to trade association management and administration, recording agreements, music production, artist/songwriter management, music publishing and administration, sound recording licensing, touring, artist management and new business development.

Among his career highlights are:

  • Overseeing and advising efforts regarding A-list talent acquisition for numerous high-level state and national government events, including the 2014 National Governor’s Association’s annual meeting in Nashville and Governor Bill Haslam’s 2015 inaugural dinner and ball;
  • Advising on numerous policy issues, including the Nashville television series, relevant to the music and entertainment sectors in Tennessee;
  • Leading the recruitment of global entertainment companies to relocate or expand into Tennessee;
  • Securing and handling talent for the CMA Awardsand the CMA Music Festival;
  • and Developing strategic initiatives to start the successful CMA songwriter’s series in 2005.

Prior to joining Bone McAllester Norton, Hank Adam served as Senior Adviser for Music and Entertainment Industries in Tennessee, where he worked with the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and the Department of Economic and Community Development. He also served as a senior executive with The Country Music Association (CMA), where he focused on expanding country music’s global value and importance.

From an early age, he has rooted for the underdog and respected those who have their proverbial backs, many of whom are attorneys. "The law is the basis for civilization, so I take that to heart and aspire to use it civilly for the betterment of those out there who need a legal helping hand." Hank Adam plays the drums and guitar, writes music, hunts, fishes and listens to a wide range of music, including country, jazz, classic rock and alternative.

Community Involvement

  • University Club of Nashville, Board of Directors
  • Priory of St. Andrews (SMOTJ)
  • Music City Music Council, Member
  • Metro Nashville Convention and Tourism Commission, Past Chairman
  • Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation, current Board Member
  • Global Action Platform Summit, Steering Committee
  • 3686 Conference (formerly Southland Conference), Founding Committee
  • Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Past Chairman
  • Tennessee State Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, Past Board Member
  • Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Charter Board Member
  • Women’s Music Business Association, Board Member
  • Al Menah Shrine Temple, Shriner
  • Scottish Rite Bodies of Nashville
  • Doric Lodge #732, F & AM
  • Phoenix Club of Nashville, Past Board Member