Mr. Harwell’s practice emphasizes civil defense litigation concerning employment law (Title VII, retaliatory discharge, ADA, FMLA, no-compete agreements, etc.) personal injury (trucking industry, automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability), construction law, professional liability, and insurance coverage. He represents one of the larger insurance carriers for all of its insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in the State of Tennessee. He is also a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.
He is a Fellow of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation. From 2009 to 2015, he has served as a Member of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility. Since 2011, he has been a Master of the American Inns of Court.
From 2013 to 2014, he served as Chair of the Transportation Section of the American Law Firm Association, International (ALFA). For 2014 – 2015, he is Chair Emeritus for the Transportation Section. From 2005 until approximately 2010, he served as Co-Editor of the Transportation Update of ALFA. For ALFA, he has been a Steering Committee Member for the Employment Law Section since 2004. From approximately 2004 to the present, he has edited the Tennessee Employment Law Compendium. He was elected to the Board of Directors for ALFA International in October 2014, and his term will run until 2017.
Mr. Harwell is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is by invitation only and requires extensive peer review of all candidates for admission. Since approximately 2011, he has served as Vice-Chair of the Transportation Section and has served as Vice-Chair of the Construction Section. Mr. Harwell is also Vice-Chair, Projects and Objectives (P&O), 2015- 16. He is a member of the Admissions Committee. In May 2015, he Co-Chaired the FDCC/ IADC Law Firm Management Conference in Chicago. For the FDCC 2015 Annual Meeting, he handled the organization of the day 1 plenary program and moderated the segment related to Autonomous Automotive Technology and the Impact Upon the Insurance Industry with John Fitts of Progressive and Cathy Schwamberger of State Farm serving as panelists.
From 1992-2001, he served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Hamilton County Unit (Board Chairman, 2000-2001). He has been involved with the BigBrothers-BigSisters of Chattanooga (2001-2005); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Co-Chairman 2003 Stewardship Campaign and 2006 Discernment Committee); and The Arts and Education Council (Co-Chairman 2003 Annual Fund Raising Event). He has served as Chairman of Siskin Physical Rehabilitation Foundation Mardi Gras Fundraiser. From 2006-07, Mr. Harwell served on the Steering Committee for Siskin Children’s Institute 365 Club Annual Campaign. For 2007-2009, he served as the co-chairman for Siskin 365 Club Annual Campaign.
In 1995, he became a member of this law firm. From approximately 2003 to 2011, he was the Chairman of the Hiring Committee for all of the offices of the firm.
Mr. Harwell was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina in 1964. He received both his B.A. (with honors, 1986) and his J.D. (1989) from the University of Tennessee. While at UT, he was on staff of the Tennessee Law Review. He is the author of "Constitutional Law — Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments— Capital Punishment," 55 TENNESSEE LAW REVIEW 391 (1988). He served as a Graduate Student Representative to the University.