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Robb S. Harvey

Mary Hodsdon
615.850.8497  direct

Robb Harvey has more than 30 years of trial experience, appearing in lawsuits in dozens of federal and state courts across the country.  His practice focuses on complex intellectual property, entertainment, media, commercial and franchise litigation involving substantial damages claims. A strategist and problem-solver, he has established a reputation among clients and peers as the professional to turn to for expedited results, especially when the stakes are high and involve pressing issues such as prior restraints, trade secret allegations, or other immediate threats.

A seasoned litigator, Robb has cultivated a depth of experience in intellectual property, entertainment and media disputes involving:

  • Publication torts, including defamation, privacy and right of publicity
  • Trademarks, including TTAB proceedings
  • Computer fraud and abuse
  • Copyrights involving music, movies, broadcasts and software
  • Trade secrets
  • First Amendment and public records disputes and reporter’s shield laws
  • Counterfeiting
  • Internet disputes
  • Patents
  • Data breaches and ransomware
  • Software disputes and technology licensing

Robb's experience also covers a variety of commercial disputes including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Unfair trade practices and product disparagement/advertising
  • Fraud and other commercial torts
  • Franchise rights
  • Civil RICO
  • Non-competition/solicitation provisions
  • Class action disputes including multi-district litigation proceedings

Many of his engagements have resulted in ongoing, long-term relationships, in some cases for nearly three decades.  He thrives on helping companies address the daily challenges their businesses encounter.  As a result of his tenacious representation, Robb has been responsible for a number of precedent-setting cases, including disputes leading to the identification of persons posting false information concerning public companies, applying the Tennessee Supreme Court's Rule 30 concerning cameras in courtrooms, applying the fair use doctrine, recognizing that Tennessee Newspersons' Shield Law extends to non-confidential materials, and opening access to records for state-wide media coalitions.

In 2016, Robb was part of litigation teams that achieved victories in three (3) separate cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, covering right of publicity, antitrust, libel, and Section 230 immunity issues.  In addition, he was lead counsel in a major music copyright case which was dismissed on summary judgment, and received national press.  To read the court’s ruling, click here

In 2016, Robb was elected as one of three lawyers in the  country to serve a three-year term on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law. The Forum includes more than 2,200 attorneys from throughout the United States who focus on the representation of the print media, the telecommunications industry and the electronic media.  He has served as Chair of the Trial Committee and as a faculty leader for the Media Law Resource Center, and is the incoming Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Communications Law Section. 

Chambers USA recognizes Robb as a leading attorney in Media and Entertainment (Tennessee-Band One).  Best Lawyers named Robb Nashville’s 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Intellectual Property Litigation. Previously, he was named 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Franchise law. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in twelve categories:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Franchise Law
  • Advertising Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Media Law
  • Entertainment Law-Theatre
  • Trademark Law
  • Litigation-Patent
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • First Amendment Law

Additionally, Robb was named to the "Best of the Bar" by the Nashville Business Journal in the inaugural year 2006 and each year through 2016, which is based on surveys and interviews with peers and inside counsel. And has recently been listed as as "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer."

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1985
    • Associate Editor - Vanderbilt Law Review
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, Engineering Science, 1982
    • James Stewart Honor Scholar
    • President - Student Government Association
    • Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society
Bar Admissions
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, All Districts of Tennessee




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