William L. "Bill" Harbison

William L. "Bill" Harbison


Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC

Recognized since 2001

Nashville, Tennessee

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Elder Law

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Elder Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Trusts and Estates
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Bill Harbison is a member of Sherrard & Roe and works primarily in the areas of corporate law and trusts and estates. He also handles litigation in those same practice categories. Mr. Harbison is a 1980 graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude. He received his bachelor's degree with highest honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Harbison is listed in The Best Lawyers of America. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association, and served as President of the Nashville Bar Association in 1999. He was Secretary of the Tennessee Bar Association from 2002 to 2004 and is currently serving as general counsel to the Tennessee Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation. He was president of the Nashville Bar Foundation in 2002 through 2006. He is a member of the Nashville Estate Planning Council, and served as President of that organization in 1988-1989. Mr. Harbison recently was selected by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Professional Responsibility Advisory Committee. He is a hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. He has published several articles in the Tennessee Bar Journal, and is a frequent lecturer for the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations. He received the Joseph W. Henry award for outstanding legal writing from the Tennessee Bar Association in 1985. Mr. Harbison is also active in several community and civic organizations. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Harbison was a member of the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Commission.

  • Woodward/White “The Best Lawyers In America” (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation & Trusts and Estates) 2008-2010
  • Business Tennessee Magazine "150 Best Lawyers" 2010
  • The Best of the U.S., LLC (Trusts and Estates, Tax Law and Commercial Litigation)2006-2008
  • Nashville Business Journal's "Best of The Bar" 2008-2009
  • The Chambers USA Guide (Litigation: General Commercial) 2006-2007
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Estate Planning & Probate) 2006-2008
  • The Best Attorneys Network - Commercial/Business Litigation & Wills 2007-2008
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2004-Present
  • Tennessee Bar Journal “Pro Bono Honor Roll” 2001-2002

Location

  • 150 Third Avenue South, Suite 1100
    Nashville, TN 37201

Education

  • Harvard University Law School , J.D., graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, Tennessee Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Nashville Bar Association - Past President
  • Tennessee Bar Association - General Counsel
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel - Fellow

Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC
Headquarters: Nashville, Tennessee

27 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Elder Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Elder Law, Nashville (2019)
  • Trusts and Estates, Nashville (2018)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Nashville (2017)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Nashville (2015)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Nashville (2014)
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Nashville (2013)
  • Trusts and Estates, Nashville (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Elder Law
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Breach of Contract
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Complex Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Litigation
  • Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • Recipient of the 2012 Tennessee Bar Association's Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Award

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