Robb Harvey

Robb Harvey

Partner

Expertise

  • Copyrights
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Litigation
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Waller
Tennessee, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

Patent Law Workshop Group
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Profile

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
  • Copyrights involving 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
  • Software disputes and technology licensing

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

  • Franchise rights
  • Contract disputes
  • Unfair trade practices and product disparagement/advertising
  • Fraud and other commercial torts
  • 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 over 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.

Over the past few years, 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, and he was lead counsel in a 2019 Sixth Circuit win against an international best-selling publisher which involved copyright preemption issues. In the past two years, he has been part of teams obtaining the dismissal of multiple alleged trade secrets cases by federal and state courts. 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.

Robb has just completed his elected position as an At Large member of the Governing Board of the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law, and has been tapped to take a two-year executive leadership role.  The Forum includes more than 1,000 U.S. attorneys who focus on the representation of the print and electronic media and telecommunications industry. He has served as Chair of the Trial Committee and as a faculty leader for the Media Law Resource Center, and recently completed his term as Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association's Communications Law Section.

Bar Admissions

Tennessee

Education

J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1985
B.S., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, Engineering Science, 1982
Areas of Practice

Copyrights | Intellectual Property | IP Litigation | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Trade Secrets | Trademarks

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member, Governing Board, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law (one of three members elected in 2016).
Vice-Chair, Tennessee Bar Association Forum on Communications Law (Chair in 2017)
Media Law Resource Center (Facilitator/ Intellectual Property 2016 bi-annual conference; Facilitator/Publication Torts session for 2014 bi-annual conference; Presenter/Newsgathering/2012; Past Chair, Trial Committee)
Served on ABA Litigation Section Subcommittee that drafted Model Trademark Jury Instructions published by ABA (2008)
Member, Defense Research Institute (Commercial Litigation, IP, Electronic Discovery committees)
Past Chair, Media Law Committee and Member of the Federal Courts and Intellectual Property Committees of the Nashville Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association (Forum on Franchising; Forum on Communications Law; Litigation and IP Sections)
Member, ABA First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation
Master Bencher, Belmont University American Inn of Court (current)
Member, Tennessee Bar Association (Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections)
Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
Past Member, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
Contributor to The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment and The Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment, CQ Press
Contributor to Media Guide to Tennessee’s Legal System, Tennessee Supreme Court and First Amendment Center
Voting Member, Country Music Association
Member, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, International Association of Defense Counsel


Professional Activities and Experience

Law clerk to the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1985-1986
Associate and partner, Farris Warfield & Kanaday, Nashville Tennessee, 1986-1994
Founding member, Yopp & Sweeney, PLC, Nashville, Tennessee, 1994-2000