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
First Amendment and public records disputes and reporter’s shield laws
Data breaches and ransomware
Software disputes and technology licensing
Robb's experience also covers a variety of commercial disputes including:
Unfair trade practices and product disparagement/advertising
Fraud and other commercial torts
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:
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - First Amendment
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.
EducationJ.D., Vanderbilt University, 1985
B.S., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, Engineering Science, 1982
Professional AssociationsMember, 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 ExperienceLaw 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