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Craig V. Gabbert , Jr. - Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C.
Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989

CRAIG GABBERT, a respected leader in commercial bankruptcy and reorganization law, was Best Lawyers’ 2010 Nashville Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year and is top ranked in Chambers and Partners - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in commercial litigation/bankruptcy. Throughout his career, Craig has represented both debtors and creditors in many of the most visible workouts and bankruptcies in Tennessee.

A natural competitor, Craig likes playing offense on behalf of financially distressed businesses and individuals. He is particularly skilled at negotiating with creditors, finding capital, facilitating settlements and generally guiding his clients through the restructuring process. 

Craig is equally regarded for his work in commercial litigation. He represents clients in a wide-range of disputes, including those resulting from breach of contract, non-competes and securities offerings. His ability to negotiate deals led him to become an approved Rule 31 General Civil Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Craig has served as a director of the Nashville Bar Association and was inducted as a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation in 1994. He also has served as a director and president of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute.

Case History

Bumbalough ex rel Shenandoah Mills, Inc. v. Nunnery — H3GM successfully defended, at trial, a shareholder derivative action filed by one of the 50/50 shareholders against the other involving the ownership and operation of a $20m per year dry-mix mill.  In ruling for defendants the court found the plaintiff’s case was a “chimera of fantastic speculation.”  Despite the absence of any form of buy/sell or shareholder agreement, H3GM then helped the defendant owner negotiate a buy-out of the plaintiff.

Care Foundation of America, Inc. v. National Health Investors, Inc.Care Foundation of America, Inc. v. National Health Investors, Inc. (United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee):  H3GM represented National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI),  a healthcare REIT,  in an adversary proceeding in which bankruptcy debtor CFA asserted various claims arising from NHI’s sale of six Florida nursing homes to CFA.  The case was complex and involved several expert witnesses; discovery, which took place on a fast-track, included voluminous document production and over 30 depositions.  We obtained for our client a settlement in which NHI re-acquired the homes at a favorable price, and CFA paid the full balance due under its purchase price note, just as the trial began.
Music Square Properties, Inc. v. RNR, LLC — The owner of a motel in the revitalized Demonbreun-street area near downtown Nashville hired H3GM when it was sued by an adjoining property owner, a company controlled by Reba McEntire and her husband.  The case involved interpretation of a long-standing covenant concerning access to parking.  We obtained a jury verdict for our client, including on its counterclaim.
National Book Warehouse, Inc.: Debtor's Counsel — H3GM represented National Book Warehouse, a nationwide operator of retail bookstore chains, as debtor's counsel.

Office Location

333 Commerce Street, Suite 1500
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: 615-256-0500

Lawyer of the Year Awards

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial, Creditors' Rights, Debtors' Rights, Litigation, Out-of-Court Workouts, Workouts and Restructurings)
Commercial Litigation (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Business Disputes, Complex Litigation, Construction, Contract Disputes, Covenants Not to Compete, Securities)
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Securities