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Robb S. Harvey

Mary Hodsdon
615.850.8497  direct

Robb Harvey's practice centers on complex intellectual property, entertainment, media, commercial and franchise litigation involving substantial damages claims in federal and state courts across the country. 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 or involve pressing issues such as trade-secret violations, prior restraints 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
  • Software disputes and technology licensing
  • Copyrights involving music, movies, broadcasts and software
  • Trade secrets
  • First Amendment and public records
  • Counterfeiting
  • Internet disputes
  • Patents
  • Data intrusion

Robb's experience 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

A wide variety of clients rely upon Robb for assistance with a broad range of problems and many of his engagements have resulted in ongoing, long-term relationships. 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 a public company, 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. As local counsel for Google, he assisted in obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit filed in the Middle District of Tennessee involving allegations that search results contained defamatory content. In 2016, Robb was elected 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.

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 the following nine categories:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Franchise Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Media Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • 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.

  • 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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