Robb Harvey has nearly 40 years of trial and appellate court experience, representing clients in dozens of states across the country. His practice focuses on complex intellectual property and commercial disputes, franchise litigation, and entertainment and media matters involving music and content providers across a wide spectrum. Clients rely on Robb’s abilities as a strategist, problem-solver, and tenacious advocate. 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 a threat to interfere with business operations or the launch of a product, a demand for a prior restraint on publication, or continuing operation by a terminated franchisee.
Robb is recognized in Chambers USA (Media and Entertainment-Band One) and The Best Lawyers in America® (fifteen categories, including several Lawyer of the Year recognitions in multiple areas). Chambers USA’s more recent release quotes one client as follows: "He is very aware of business considerations, effective, efficient and focused on getting the best results for the client.”
Robb’s practice areas include franchise disputes; publication torts (including defamation, privacy and right of publicity) and pre-publication reviews; copyrights (including music, movies, broadcasts and software); trademarks (including TTAB proceedings); data breaches and ransomware; computer fraud and abuse; trade secrets; First Amendment and public records disputes and reporter's shield laws; counterfeiting; internet disputes; patents; and software disputes and technology licensing. In addition, he has experience in complex commercial disputes involving contracts and business torts; civil RICO; non-competition; unfair trade practices and product disparagement/advertising; and MDL proceedings.
Several of his engagements have resulted in ongoing, long-term relationships, in some cases for over three decades. He thrives on helping companies address the daily challenges their businesses encounter.
Following are a few of his recent experiences:
Media and Entertainment
Other IP/Trade Secrets/Data Privacy
Robb is active in the community, serving as counsel for Middle Tennessee Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America; multiple religious entities; and a government transparency group. He formed and served as president of the Tennesseans for Public Participation, Inc., a nonprofit which successfully lobbied for the passage of a robust anti-SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) statute by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2019 without a single negative vote, and signed into law by Governor Bill Lee. He also is active in Bar activities, currently serving as the Chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law (2022-24) and as a member of the Forum on Franchising and IP Section. He served as chair of the Tennessee Bar’s Communications Law Section and a leader in the Media Law Resource Center-Defense Counsel Section.
Communication Lawyer: Criminal dispositions in news reports
Nine attorneys named to NBJ's Best of the Bar 2022
Seven attorneys named to NBJ's Best of the Bar 2021
Chambers USA recognizes 41 Waller attorneys
50 Waller attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers
Waller sets new mark with 101 in Best Lawyers 2022
Chambers recognizes 41 Waller attorneys, elevates firm’s national healthcare ranking
51 recognized on Mid-South Super Lawyers
Waller sets record with 84 in Best Lawyers 2020
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